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Combatting the Big Silence: AIDs is Killing Africa
Combatting the Big Silence: AIDs is Killing Africa
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Challenge: Photojournalism III (Minimal Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: richmond, va
Date: Oct 19, 2007
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Candid, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Oct 21, 2007

this was shot for a Richmond Times-Dispatch story about an interactive multi-media exhibit that is was in Richmond. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness about the devastation the disease is causing in Africa. Visitors pick one of four paths to follow that leads them through the lives of a child who is affected by AIDs. Only at the end does the traveller find out if the child they followed tested positive or negative for HIV. This was a very powerful experience for me, and a real-world challenge as well. I had to capture an image that would illustrate the exhibit. I'm very proud of the image, and was glad to see it above the fold on B1, Saturday, October 20, 2007.

----- post-challenge notes ----------

zsheenkies, if only there hadn't been that fire ;-)

thanks, everyone, for the comments, views, and votes!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 87
Avg (all users): 6.8454
Avg (commenters): 8.1000
Avg (participants): 6.8333
Avg (non-participants): 6.8481
Views since voting: 3073
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 194
Comments: 40
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/21/2007 07:41:03 PM
A lot more effective than some of the other pictures, should have scored higher.
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11/03/2007 06:55:47 PM
awesome shot. very edgy and raw.

(still figuring out the DoF ;))
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11/03/2007 04:39:17 PM
Congrats on your soon to be yellow ribbon Skip!
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11/03/2007 08:22:17 AM
Wow - I didn't vote in this challenge but this would have been my top pick. Exceptional image and obviously perfect for photojournalism (you aughta know!). Adding to fav's and congrats on 4th.
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11/03/2007 02:39:18 AM
I reckon if there was no fire you would have won! well done on a great image
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11/03/2007 12:01:12 AM
Hey, what are you doing here? The season hasn't started yet! :)
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11/02/2007 04:30:51 PM
dude great shot ,
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11/02/2007 03:33:44 PM
I'm pleased your shot did so well, Skip. Photojournalism at its finest!
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11/02/2007 02:00:38 PM
Skip! What an amazing story behind this awesome photo! I'm in awe of your opportunities. . .and how you bring them to life for us through your work! THANK YOU!!!!!

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11/02/2007 06:38:23 AM
Skip - I am so happy this did so well in the challenge. A remarkable image and worthy of the first page (actually worth of a cover of a newspaper or news magazine). This was my favorite in the challenge for the story told.
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11/02/2007 06:30:48 AM
powerful composition...excellent work!
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11/02/2007 05:11:44 AM
Fantastic piece of photojournalism
should have won
Well done

kev
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11/02/2007 04:45:12 AM
Excellent ! my ribbon winner for this challenge
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11/02/2007 04:14:46 AM
Congrats, Skip! Great job! Yeah, if the clinic was on fire when you shot this, it'd be blue for sure! :)
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11/02/2007 12:09:50 AM
Skip, one of my challenge faves here. Very compelling. Hard to beat those fires at the moment though. Ofcourse, I can't tell you anything you don't know. Congrats on the top 5. Let's get Brad DQ'd ;-)
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11/02/2007 12:06:56 AM
i was thinking that this had such a PJ look to it, and now I know why lol. Great shot and congrats on 4th!
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11/02/2007 12:03:27 AM
Strong image made even stronger with the story. Congrats, Skip!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2007 11:36:49 PM
oh, so true how AIDS is destroying that country..
the earphones as the metaphor for not hearing the reality of those around is is excellent here, composition good too...6
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11/01/2007 11:25:24 PM
Wow! This is amazing. This picture definetly looks like it belongs in a magazine. I love it.
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11/01/2007 10:01:36 PM
great shot. Wonderful use of layers to tell a story. As with my other ribbon picks, this photo is beautiful regardless of the challenge. But it also fits the challenge perfectly. I could easily imagine this in a weekly news magazing or the cover of the Times (not that this story would make the cover of the Times, sadly).

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11/01/2007 05:39:52 PM
a story that needs to be told. I'm not 100% sure I'd have used this particular image to tell it but it's a very good photo nonetheless
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11/01/2007 08:57:47 AM
Excellent photojournalism.
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10/31/2007 06:11:28 PM
Strong photo you have here. I love it.
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10/31/2007 10:49:25 AM
Best PJ image here, topical and well composed.
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10/29/2007 01:52:40 PM
Great shot! I think this one would look good in both B&W and color.
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10/28/2007 06:02:25 PM
We are compelled to look past the door and into her eyes. This is the type of shot that sells newspapers. I love the split division of field and the contrast of the images on either side os the door. The tones and colour are (I feel anyway) right for the shot and work well for me. You have a great shot on your hands to tell the story you have started. Best of luck. I think that this should make the top 10 or better.
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10/28/2007 10:08:04 AM
Didn't realize aids in africa was any sort of secret or being kept quiet, but nice shot.
10/27/2007 11:43:08 PM
Powerful message. Unusual composition, but a thought provoking image. Congrats on a nice capture.
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10/27/2007 07:52:38 PM
Nice shot and message...
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10/27/2007 03:40:03 PM
Fantastic job with the depth of field on this one.
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10/27/2007 11:55:16 AM
excellent eye, well shot
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10/26/2007 10:35:44 PM
I think you captured a powerful image, however there is just no pain or suffering in your image. Let me explain. I believe having AIDS in Africa is a huge ordeal, yet the girl is sitting with head phones, not even seeming to have a care in the world. I think if she was more involved with the shot it would be better. I think you picked a great topic however, and I really do like the shot. Nice work.
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10/26/2007 08:46:42 PM
Excellent...bets so far...tells a story 9
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10/26/2007 07:26:27 PM
I could see this being in a newspaper, excellent!
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10/26/2007 04:15:42 PM
wow what a picture
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10/26/2007 12:23:59 PM
Nice job on this. Very true statement as well...Its Sad!
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10/26/2007 07:35:31 AM
This is a splendid image - really cries out for a cover
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10/26/2007 07:15:30 AM
Nice compusure in you frame. The open door that is slightly OOF adds interest and keeps the viewers attention
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10/26/2007 02:41:25 AM
very effective! love the colors and point of view
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10/26/2007 12:38:31 AM
hmmm it's kind of dificult to buy that the nice looking black girl with stereo headphones simbolices either africa or a victim of aids.
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