Having been on our annual month-long pilgrimage half way across the world to see friends and family, it would be fair to say my blogging fingers have been having a serious rest! So I’m easing back in with a little post for this week’s silhouette photo challenge. This is my favourite silhouette shot from my archives. In fact, a silhouette in front of silhouettes. Bonus!
The model is a young island girl, entirely focused on her play, in the Philippines. Malapascua seems an idyllic picture-postcard island. And for visiting holidaymakers it is. But life for the locals can be pretty tough once you step beyond the white sandy beaches and resorts along the tourist strip, into the heart of the island. This little girl lived in a tin shack on the side of a beach with her elderly grandmother and two younger siblings. No running water, no electricity, no beds. Life stripped back to bare basics.
She was happily absorbed, playing in the shallows as the sun set. Just watching the bottle bob and the water cascade as she repeatedly plunged and poured from a scavenged empty cola bottle tied on a length of old string. Despite my awareness of the hidden hardships of this little girl’s daily life, I love this photo for the way it embodies her innocence, and her joy in the simplest of childhood pleasures.
Looking at it always reminds me to cherish what we have and appreciate how fortunate we are as a family to live the life we do. We are not ‘wealthy’ in a Western sense, and I try really hard not to go too overboard with the commercialised trappings of childhood for my little girl. But every time I think about the little girl in this photo it makes me think again about perspective and relativity. Very humbling.