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Where Do the Children Play

Where Do the Children Play
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Copyright: Kev Ryan (KevRyan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1784 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 4:06
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well I think its fine, building jumbo planes.
Or taking a ride on a cosmic train.
Switch on summer from a slot machine.
Yes, get what you want to if you want, cause you can get anything.

I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass.
For your lorry loads pumping petrol gas.
And you make them long, and you make them tough.
But they just go on and on, and it seems that you cant get off.

Oh, I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

Well you've cracked the sky, scrapers fill the air.
But will you keep on building higher
til theres no more room up there?
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?

I know we've come a long way,
We're changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

Cat Stevens

Ayda (Aida) refugee camp in Bethlehem bounded on three sides by buildings and busy roads the children of the camp grew up having access to olive groves and running water to play in.........not for their younger brothers and sisters....one of the most densely populated areas in the Middle East and a perpetual thorn in terms of reaching a settlement to the Israel/Palestine problems. These displaced people from 1948 and 1967 hunger for their villages and ancestral lands now bulldozed into oblivion - the memories of these places implanted in the minds of children along with anger and sadness in their hearts.....they hunger for their homeland ......this is perhaps the one thing that might be best understood but appears to be least acknowledged by the Israeli authorities. How can they come to terms of reparation with the historical ethnic cleansing which took place within the memory of living people....the need for Israel does not expurgate the crimes committed to create it and sustain it.....I'm not talking politically, just as a feeling, thinking, caring human being who sees more now in this simple photograph than I ever dreamed I would a few weeks ago. In the past we have heard so little of the Palestinian side of the story.....things begin to make much more sense when you hear both sides......but it also gets increasingly complex.

Where Do The Children Play? Who is prioritising contact between them, on both sides, above all else - creating the relationships for the future?

blu, hizbul, pridel, ktanska, AnimeshRay, Homerhomer, bantonbuju, wilkinsonsg, everlasting, fireflyz, teacozie, tzourob has marked this note useful
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To AnimeshRay: not to late to thank youKevRyan 1 2006-08-12 02:45
To pablogent: .....the whole place was really tidy....KevRyan 1 2006-08-26 03:35
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  • blu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 17] (1429)
  • [2006-08-08 4:18]

well captured scene - nicely selected song / theme. makes one think. thank you.

No Wall Will Stop Us would a good alternate title, thanks for sharing

Wow, what a powerful image to have in your collection, I am very envious of you. The incredible size of that wall and great amount of concrete against the small size of the boy really drives home at how bad and dominating this lifestyle is. Fantastic shot from you Kev.

Hi Kev
About the note : Yes effectively, the problem is immensely complex today while ALL the families dream about a better future for their children.
About the photo : The pov is extraordinary and we can see the height of this incredible wall. The compo is good with the field of olive trees, wall, and big white paving stone. The child seems tiny.

Bonjour Key,
J'aime beaucoup cette photo N&B.
C'est une très bonne prise de vue
Bien vu la chanson de Cat Stevens

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  • jinju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2444 W: 87 N: 1576] (14265)
  • [2006-08-08 6:47]

Hi Kev,

I like the scale of the shot. But more so than that, and I think you know from my recent photos, I like the high contrast b/w here. Some may dislike it but Im not swayed:)

Hi Kev,
Child, wall, forest... This is powerful. And the wall is high. Oh, what a mess they have there...

Powerful b&w composition again, congrats. Great timing and POV. BW

I am also getting an instant association with some of the work by HCB, however the connection I am making, unlike the political image linked by Animesh, is more on the graphical level. This is what I have in mind.
Striking resemblance with composition, graphical design of the photo, moment, debth.

Kev, your image is quite an achievement.

I am reminded of this one. A poignant image, a reminder that walls are raised to be destroyed. And in the midst of it all, "On the seashore of endless worlds the children meet with shouts and dances.
They build their houses with sand and they play with empty shells....The sea surges up with laughter and pale gleams the smile of the sea...Death-dealing waves sing meaningless ballads to the children
They know not how to swim, they know not how to cast nets.....Tempest roams in the pathless sky, ships get wrecked in the trackless water, death is abroad and children play."

Congratulations on a very fine image.

Hi Kev. Indeed echoes of HCB in this one, as indicated by Paul. A meaningful and evocative composition of the single kid running in the vacant yard, and also a good symbolic inclusion of the wall that separates the child from the (even remote) suggestion of a quiet and peaceful natural environment. I think it's one of your best.

Cat Stevens...I remember it well. Kids plating in the shadow of the wall, a striking image - no gimmicks here, no tricks, just a superior picture composed with great care. I can tell this series of reports from Palestine is going to reverberate through our little community and leave no one untouched.
Can't wait to see the rest...

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  • partha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1318 W: 85 N: 1306] (14023)
  • [2006-08-09 1:44]

Brave shot. The boy is very very small wrt the frame . But u managed that brilliantly. B&W is a wise choice.
Well done.

yes, this series IS going to leave noone untoched;
and now i am building up my little series as a contribution to this complex subject;
it would be unfair to comment on this image - i think i'll say it again - the picture says it all, and our presence should be in silence (until certain moment, until certain moment);

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  • ALSOM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 573 W: 91 N: 596] (6616)
  • [2006-08-09 10:27]

As mentioned by Peter (Homer X 2), the same HCB's photo came up to my mind. The scale, the pov but another context. Brilliant decisive moment shot Kev !

Thanks, Alain -

A stark image, the note (as always) fits the image in such a way that once looked at and read they become almost inseparable (if that makes sense) - TFS.

Hi Kev,
Very interesting series you have. This photo has such a great division of space, and the child is utterly dwarfed, to great effect. Very well done.

Smashing shot, Kev, really... and the b/w is so nice, I am really starting to like this white washed look. The composition is great... and what a PoV. Well done.


A powerful and thought provoking image, Kev. The high B&W contrast, the scale that you achieve with this wonderful POV, the small child and the wall.

very good shot Kev, the composition with those trees at the top of the frame is spelendid, reminds me a bit of HCB compos. good stuff

great shot with great POV

Hi Kev, a wonderful photograph evocative of the Cartier Bresson image as Animesh points out. One doesn't stop to think of the physical and psychological enormity of the wall, but the pathetic image of the child in its shadow makes the point, simply and splendidly. Stephen

Hi Kev,
what a wonderful photo along with one of the best notes I've ever read on TE! It takes heart and a clear vision to see the truth about what is going on in this conflict. One sided mainstream media should take a load of the blame. For them the bottom line is profit not the truth. Thank you for sharing this photo and your thoughts. I'm with you on this.

Continuation from the previous photo…
BTW: Have you ever wonder how very little there is political pictures on TE pages.
The world is shaking convulsively from the explosions and we are so happy here, so satisfied with our freaking sunsets and cumulous skies and lonely boats on the shores.
Thanks God, there is a world cup from time to time, someone is posting 300th. picture on his site, or (God have mercy on me), someone dies (RIP) so we can join our efforts to have a common platform of showing our engagement into world's affairs !!
We are so nice and polite community. We're just here to show our photo skills to the others. That's all!
You touched the explosive stuff Kev, and guess what?
The response is more than meek.
The pictures are good, the theme is…Hmmm…Too strong for our soft guts?
Well, I guess that's the way it must be so, ..Let it be!


Continuation goes to yet another of your photos, Kev…

The first thing you notice when you see this photo is the stark contrast between the empty concrete environment and the pleasant olive groves behind the Wall- then on second glance I noticed how tidy and orderly the skip compound is- has the road sweeper been?

The perspective of course is great, with the olive trees "confiscated" by the wall, and the boy running, reminiscent of HC-B.

An interesting aside, at least to me, is that Don Narayan didn't rip into you as an anti-semite. I guess it's your soft honest approach, as contrasted with my hard honest approach, that spared you the lance. I could use a little more diplomacy, so thanks for setting a good example.

Back to the shot, which is great on every level. I was in the same area, but not smart enough to climb whatever you climbed to get that view. Who says you can't shoot in the middle of the day? I have a shot up with much the same theme you might want to check out, though it's not nearly so artistic.

Your note sums up my feelings as well...

Keep up the fine work,
PS. Do you know Jerry Levin?

Hello Kevin
One of the best photos I have seen here. This photo is very meaningful and important because it captures the essence of this conflict which is wasting so much energy and lives.
Really really well done

I don't have much to add to what as been said in the earlier comments (I should stop reading the comments before I write mine, haha). Though this theme has been illustrated a lot by war potographs and photo journalists, yours still does the (emotional) trick, thanks to the POV, framing, B&W choice.
Good good,
TFS (it took me a while to understand what TFS means, haha)
And I hear that
p.s: And by the way Yusuf Islam is back with another album as you might know. I hope his new songs will give you even more inspiration for your titles!

The first thing I noticed in this picture are the words written on the wall. Words that can be read as a threat...words that I read as a desperate cry of hope.
Emotionally involved in the Palestinian cause since ever...I really appreciate the power of this wonderful shot.
Thanks sharing with us.

This is powerful and the wall is high, wonderful photo.

duvar cok uzun , cok guzel

great shot! Love th etones and minimalistic composition!!

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