Pakistan: Brick-maker Image Overlooked

Pakistan brick yard worker and child

Working mother and her child in a Pakistan brickyard.

During the process of looking through our archived images of Pakistan for another grant proposal we are making, I came across this image that I had totally overlooked. I normally mark images with one, two or three stars in the editing phase. This image had none. Yet, it tells so much about the poor laborers in Pakistan that work in the brickyards. Overworked and underpaid, these families are often unable to send their children to school. A kindergarten child in Pakistan has only a 1 percent chance of reaching the 12th grade, according to New York times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Literacy rates hover around 50 percent. The grant proposal is about education in Pakistan so the image works well to tell part of the story.

Sometimes when I revisit my images months or years after a shoot I see things in a totally different way. Some I liked then, I now dismiss. Some I totally overlooked, become favorites. This is one reason I hardly ever toss images during the initial edit. Time has a way of making some images more important.

(Canon 5D, 24-105mm @28mm , 1/125 sec, f8, ISO320)

Photos ┬ęCopyright Gary S. Chapman 2011

11 thoughts

  1. So true – I’ve written a few posts on finding those diamonds in the rough months after you shot something. I’ve actually gotten to a point now where I make sure and review a set of images a few months later just to make sure that my critical eye didn’t skip something it didn’t

    Fantastic shot btw.


  2. This image is a strong, storytelling photograph, and I also like the lines of the bricks as well. Thanks for sharing, Gary. I’ve had the same experience myself. With digital, many of us are shooting more images than we ever did with film, so I think that it’s even easier to overlook an image in your initial edit. At least, that’s been my experience. Thanks for reminding us to not be too quick to throw out an image in that first edit.

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