Service Project

January 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I have a few images from a service project I participated in, but wanted to start off with this one:

16NOV2013 service-8b16NOV2013 service-8b

The project involved helping a family by planting corn in a good-sized field - a field on the side of a mountain.

In post-processing, I wanted to do a few things to the image to have it tell something of a story. First, I wanted the woman planting to be the unmistakable center of attention, hence she is the only part of the image that is in focus. Second, to further emphasize this, I shifted the image to black and white.

The combination of these two changes does something to the image that plays with the mind a bit. It becomes more difficult to distinguish the foreground from the background, which kind of throws things out of whack with our sense of proportion, if only momentarily. The woman appears to be proportionately too large, striding through the mountains as a giant, but then we focus on the foreground where she is planting. It's a brief shift, but one that catches the viewer off guard.

The woman in the image is a friend of our family and is a person for whom I have a great deal of respect. She has overcome numerous mountainous obstacles in her life and is an inspiration to my family and I. This little woman - she's maybe five feet tall - is, in many ways, a giant of a woman.


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