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30 paces from my front door I have a huge rusty gate attached to an 8 foot high brick wall that surrounds the house. Bars on the windows, steel security doors, and watchmen on patrol. I live in a little green, lawned oasis in a dry, dusty, sprawling rural township. This is Africa, they say. The house comes with the job. Relax, you’re safe.
Safe from what? I ask. Is it just robbers that we want to be protected from? or do we want to be protected from the complexities of poverty that has a name, a face and a family… a culture that we don’t understand.
This afternoon after work as I was carrying stuff (including my camera) in from the car I saw one of the neighbours kids closing the gate for me and managed to capture it. For me this picture represents what is locked out- what we lose in the quest for that elusive feeling of ‘safety’.

Mangochi, Malawi


children, malawi


  • M.C. O'Connor
    M.C. O'Connoralmost 5 years ago

    Profound, penetrating photo… innocence criminalized. So incredibly thought provoking.

  • Thanks M.C- I was really stoked to finally capture how I feel about the security obsessed world I find myself in.

    – rinajoy

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    What an interesting image. I love the way you have framed it and the expression on their faces :)

  • thanks Shelly!

    – rinajoy

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 5 years ago

    Love that second set of eyes peering through the gate. Beautiful children, beautiful photo, and I love the text you added at the Photography Critique group about “do we want to be protected from the complexities of poverty that has a name, a face and a family… a culture that we don’t understand.”

  • Thanks Jan- I’ve added the text from the challenge at Photography Critique to provide more context… eagerly awaiting your entry to the 50 paces challenge ;-)

    – rinajoy

  • Euphemia
    Euphemiaalmost 5 years ago

    love the personality behind the photo behind the words :-)

  • you mean the ‘question everything’ personality?! hehe. ta!

    – rinajoy

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyalmost 5 years ago

    rinajoy – this is a very special image – great capture with the 2nd little boy’s eyes peering over the knuckles – and made even more special by your thoughtful description

  • thanks Nadine- just checked your site and you’re a perthy!! and your art work is SO beautiful. now Im feeling all nostalgic :) Im a leederville/ manjimup/dunsborough girl when Im in oz. keep up your great work.

    – rinajoy

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