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You want honesty? You want real? You want ‘straight up?’
Go to a place where there’s no pretention. Where there’s no walls. Where there’s only windows.
Go to a place where even amongst the have-nots there are some who have-not as much as others.
Go there right now in your mind and tell me you’re not affected by what you see.
Then spare a thought for those who have not much more than the desire to dream. And cherish your ability to do so. x

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G’day all, my name is Melinda but my mates call me Mel, so feel free. I live by the beach in Elwood, Victoria, Australia. I contribute to a few charities as a Photojournalist, namely HEAL Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Any of my Africa stuff’s profits go to them. So far the sales have bought 7 operations and heaps more so thanks for everyone’s support. I also take a mean beach shot (well try to).

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  • Craig Goldsmith
    Craig Goldsmithalmost 7 years ago

    Melinda another emotional moment captured, at first I thought I’d rather the heads not be in the shot, but they help make the shot as they provide the isolation for the child.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 7 years ago

    Hi Craig. Thanks. Yep that was the thinking. I wanted to show that even in the poorest areas some still have greater access than others.

  • abefleur
    abefleuralmost 7 years ago

    Another powerful image Melinda – I love images that make you think and think hard and you achieve this all the time.

  • Vansk
    Vanskalmost 7 years ago

    great image and sentiment melinda. it is so easy to forget that this kind of lifestyle exists when u lead a fortunate existence. superficial values look like a farce in the presence of an image such as this.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 7 years ago

    Thanks guys.

  • Benjamin Scheurer
    Benjamin Scheureralmost 7 years ago

    that’s powerful indeed….the eyes are fascinating.

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwualmost 7 years ago

    wonderful image and your words inspiring!

  • Allison Kramer
    Allison Kramerabout 6 years ago

    I love this one too. it reminds me of MLK for some reason.

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