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Sitting, waiting for the others in a church in Northern Rwanda, my eyes wandered, taking in the room. To tell the truth I was tired and bored and in need of a day off. Over the other side of the room sat this young man, alone. I’m not sure what he was doing there. Waiting for his Mother maybe? I wondered, should I take a shot? If he saw me it could be really uncomfortable. I mean I was really close and I couldn’t pretend I was photographing anyone else. Anyway I thought, ’_I’ll sneak a shot in._’ So, I raised the camera and started to muck around with the shot. And then he looked up. I cringed behind the lens and just sat there, frozen. He didn’t divert his gaze. For several seconds we stared at each other me on one side of the camera, him on the other. Finally I pressed the shutter. His expression remained exactly the same. I lowered the camera and returned his stare, this time with no mechanical device between us. It sounds corny but something travelled between us. An absolute realisation that we were right there, in the same place at the same time. He didn’t dismiss me or put me down. He stood right on the same level. It was unique.

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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  • melissafield
    melissafieldover 7 years ago

    Melinda, thank you so much for sharing. You are talented AND generous… I’m sure the sky is the limit for you!

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42over 7 years ago

    Mel, your work is getting better and better, this is just stunning…beautifully done

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerrover 7 years ago

    Thanks Jessica. I’m getting really inspired by RB. Your stuff in particular has helped me a lot.

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42over 7 years ago

    well i feel honoured…

  • David Stuart
    David Stuartover 7 years ago

    Lovely image Melinda. Your description really enhances the mood. A penny for his thoughts

  • juliejulie
    juliejulieover 7 years ago


    your work is spectacular and always catches my eye. i can pick it instantly from the gallery page. you have such a gift for catching emotion in a split second. (haven’t commented on your other stuff but loved it too).

  • transmute
    transmuteover 7 years ago

    Gives me goosebumps with your description

  • abefleur
    abefleurover 7 years ago

    this is an unbelievably beautiful image – i honestly don’t really know what to say that would give it justice.

  • Tiffany Dryburgh
    Tiffany Dryburghover 7 years ago

    Beautiful story, beautiful image. Breathtaking actually!

  • Penny Edwardes
    Penny Edwardesover 7 years ago

    Oh my GOD!!! that is breathtaking…such a beautifull photograph and a wonderful tale to tell!

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