/ 2017 / Portraiture /

Need to hide

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Children, 1st Place winner in Portraiture
  • Photographer
    Aline Deschamps, Thailand

A child went by the cafe I was working and picked up this
strange white mask on the floor. He put it on his face, as any kid
would do to play around, but this time the scene had a whole
other resonance.

I took a photo, and it was only later when people gave me
comments on how they were identifying themselves in the
portrait that I understood its strong dichotomy. They
commented words such as : Black Lives Matter, White
Supremacy, Racism, Discrimination, Hiding, Fear and made me
realise that this photo was unfolding much more than the
innocence of a child playing with a new found toy.

Sometimes, for your life, there's still the need to hide.