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Safe From Harm by Andrew Paranavitana

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In Namibia, I visited a local school as part of my shanty town experiences. The children were so innocent, happy and carefree.

They asked to have their photos taken, and soon as I pulled my camera out, this was their reaction. It was really moving to see something so normal to me bring so much joy to these kids.

I couldn’t help but think how different their existence is to mine, especially when I was their age. Despite not having many material possessions, they are happy and they are so safe with each other, their teachers and families. Made me wonder what life would be like with little or no crime, as there is nothing to steal and no reason to either. Without those things to worry about, I wondered if we could all be this happy in life.

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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Comments

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • Thanks a lot gina :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoover 5 years ago

    What a hope-filled image! There’s fun to be had, whatever your circumstances. What a lovely shot! You’re so good!!

  • You are so right Lorena, simplicity spawns the highest end of fun and hope. Thank you very much, I really appreciate your ongoing support of my work!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 5 years ago

    Wow they are so happy yet they have nothing, and you have captured them so well.

  • Thank you very much Colin! It’s such a simple life, the happiness is so pure. It’s almost impossible to put into words.

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • David  Howarth
    David Howarthover 5 years ago

    Wow what an inspirational image. Bravo!!!

  • Thank you so much David. I pass on as much of their inspiration that I felt as I can.

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • PeterBusser
    PeterBusserover 5 years ago

    I like the added text combined with the picture. The picture itself tells a story to the viewer. But it’s even better to be able to read your thoughts and experience when taking it and being in Namibia. Wonderful…

  • Thanks a lot Peter! A lot happened there in a short time, it was a really intense experience for me, I want to pass that on through the photo and description. I’m glad it all came through :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanover 5 years ago

    This really engages the viewer, Andrew. Your written description adds a whole new dimension to the image. Really an amazing shot:)

  • Thanks so much Ann! That’s so inspiring in itself, really pleased you like it :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Stuart Thorpe
    Stuart Thorpeover 5 years ago

    Super spontaneous take Andrew.
    Wanna hear something daft? When this came up on my activity thing, I saw your name which i know well – Parmi, and the title, and I read Parma Ham!
    Little things please little minds as an old relative of mine was fond of saying…..

  • Thanks a lot mate. Hahaha, that’s where my nickname comes from actually, someone thought my surname sounds like parmigiana!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Stuart Thorpe
    Stuart Thorpeover 5 years ago

    Actually, no..I read parma…safe from Ham!

  • LOL! That’s freaking classic!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 5 years ago

    What a great capture Andrew..love the smile on that little guys face..

  • Thanks so much Kim, it was happiness like I haven’t seen before :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...over 5 years ago

    Nice one mate!
    So spontaneous and touching.
    With loads of information….another job well done.

  • Thanks a lot Franco, I’m so glad it’s all come through. I can’t wait to go back!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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