"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Thursday, 19 April 2012

A Stranger Through The Eyes of A Child.

I've had just enough time to...   see myself in the eyes of a child.

Taken in Kunshan while wandering around

“He doesn’t like me”.

Maybe it was not because he does not like me. Maybe it was because I witnessed what he did. Or maybe it was because he was protective of his little sister. His sister, who was looking at me with questioning eyes.

“Who are you?”
“What do you want?”
“Why are you taking our picture?”

She could not figure me out yet. So she was hesitant with her response. Maybe she will smile if I say a kind word or two. Maybe she will run away. But I kept my distance. I have no right to intrude.

Her brother, he just glared at me. I am a stranger. I can be up to no good. I cannot do anything for them except getting them into trouble. So he challenged me with his look. If I put on a fierce expression. Maybe he will run away. Maybe he will call for his family. I am after all a stranger and an outsider. So I kept my distance. Smiled, and backed off. I am after all an intruder into their world and I have to respect that. (I was in Kunshan with a couple of hours to kill and I’m not going to do that watching TV in the hotel room. So I wandered out into the street where ordinary people lived.)

Earlier, I “caught” them playing with the stainless steel bolts and washers that they somehow dismantle from the railings of the steps and overhead bridge. I tried one with my bare fingers and found it to be fast secured. Maybe, they have found all the loose ones or maybe they did it with some tools though I did not see any. If they construct the railings so poorly that children can dismantle them, then it is not the children’s fault for you can expect a child to do exactly what they did. I did not want to encourage them though so I checked my smile and moved away wondering what did I learn from this encounter to have it so strongly registered in my memory.


  1. Kids with money play with toys and phones,
    Those without, with sticks and stones.

  2. A 1000 Reasons
    I had some time to kill while in Kunshan, China one afternoon and decided to wander to where real people lived instead of being cooped up in the hotel room. My wandering took me to this chance encounter with some children who were playing with stainless steel nuts and bolts that they somehow managed to dismantle from a steel bridge with their bare hands? They probably thought I'm a threat to them and viewed me with hostility. If only looks can kill, I'll be dead! But I still love this shot I took of them that reminded me of an afternoon well spent :D

    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    They are just adorable, sweet shot my friend!

    ANGELS EXIST ! ! !
    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "
    This photo was invited and added to the PHODDÁSTICA!!! ® group.

    ★lichtbildung added this photo to his favorites.
    Your images and poetic words are so touching!!! Once again: THANK YOU for sharing them!!! =))

    ★ΞSSΞ®®Ξ_FAV added this photo to his favorites.
    fabulous street portrait

    Yasmin de light
    There is always a bit of a risk with people photography of the possibility of offending someone . Especially with different cultures and beliefs and so one has to take care. Neverhtless, you have done a brilliant job here. You have certainly captured their expressions and the moment perfectly - and of course your wonderful poetry has made a beautiful job of this moment.. Wonderful work my friend : )) .
    ★Yasmin de light added this photo to her favorites.

    Very well done.
    This photo was invited and added to the Written Pages group.

    Be careful - looks like he's reaching in his pocket for a weapon - LOL!!

    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    henrhyde (gill)
    Beautifully presented .
    Great colours and atmosphere .
    Yes one has to be careful --you have captured this well .

    Please add your wonderful photo to:
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    Stranger danger.....
    This beautiful chapter has been seen in WRITTEN PAGES.

    ★dodagp added this photo to her favorites.
    Charming double portrait,Thou, out of the blue !!!
    Love the way they stare at you with distrust trying to figure out your intentions and read your thoughts.
    You are a stranger,an uninvited intruder,aren't you ?
    Yet,the ends justify the means ...

    maybe something gnaws at his conscience :)
    you captured very sceptical views.
    a great shot!
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