‘A picture speaks a thousand words’ is a very famous saying in photography. It is like if you don’t know this, you don’t know photography. Most of the talks/discussion about photography starts with this saying. But does a picture really speak a thousand words?
Yesterday most of my photographer friends talked and news feed in my facebook had the above picture (the first one). It shows a girl helping a man in the wheel chair in an inundated place. It is a picture everyone instantly likes.
Personally I see three things in the picture. A man in the wheelchair, a girl helping the man and the place flooded with water. The first two things instantly connect us with the photo emotionally. The water is something every person living in Kathmandu can relate with their every day suffering.
What actually happened?
Sarita Chaulagain of Bhotechaur, Sindhupalchowk cooks in front of her collapsed house. Although everyone in the family and their cattle is safe, their house is totally collapsed. After talking and taking photographs for a while I was about to leave. Her in-laws, who were busy making a temporary shelter, offered the meal before leaving. I was very much surprised and got emotional at the time. Seeing their kind heart and hospitality despite their loss. When I refused, her mother-in-law said at least to drink a glass of milk. I didn’t want to trouble them, so at last I said well now I know your house, so I will be back for meal when everything will be ok. That’s when I she let me go with goodbye. I was overwhelm that there is still humanity.
Just one day later, I saw a video on facebook of avenues tv, that reported people selling the relief material. On one hand people who have lost almost everything were so kind and on another side, people were doing things that are, for me extreme level of insensitive/brutal/cruel (don’t know actual word to say it). That also at the time when whole country is crying. For both these cases, I seriously have no words to describe.
People making momo in a roadside vendor at Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur on Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Locals trying to clear debris from a broken structure in Bhaktapur on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.