Schoolchildren in India submitted to ‘Everyday Moments’ on National Geographic.
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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot community with an assignment called ‘Everyday Moments’. Curated by David Y. Lee, a producer at Nat Geo Your Shot invites us to share photos and stories featuring everyday moments. Show him the big and small moments that will make his heart sing, cry or laugh so hard he has to hold his sides. National Geographic wants to experience what life is like for each of us through our amazing imagery and stories that this time should show moments and photographs of everyday life.
Life moments on National Geographic
As David is saying it: ”- We also have the power to shape the narrative of history through the photos and stories we share, whether it’s taking place on the world stage or in our own homes. Every picture we capture is like a stitch in a tapestry, and every stitch has its own story. I want to see us create a tapestry that thousands of years from now will tell future generations what our daily lives were like. I want that story to tell them how we hoped, how we loved, how we felt pain. How in our worst moments we found strength, and we shined when we were at our best. Our everyday moments can show us the journey we take through life.
– Life is so full of moments that are worth capturing and as photographers, we are lucky to be the ones who freeze those moments. So pick up your cameras and just start shooting. Not only will you be helping create this story with me but you will be creating your own stories to be cherished for years to come. Life goes on every day through laughter, through sadness, through adventure, through living and even through dying so show me all the moments that are important to your daily lives. Remember that a great photograph can only become greater with a thoughtful caption. I can’t wait to see your Everyday Moments”, he says.
”In a moment the time between observing, composing and photographing must occur with foresight and instinct and as a photographer one’s eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to take the photograph”
Moments in photography
A moment can be described as a very brief period of time. As a photographer, you will sooner or later bump into the phrase the decisive moment, which is a moment that refers to capturing an event that is ephemeral and spontaneous, where the image represents the essence of the event itself. The time between observing, composing and photographing must occur with foresight and instinct and as a photographer one’s eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to take the photograph.
It is actually about knowing and intuiting. Knowing requires conscious attention and it is intentional. Intuition is immediate and does not require conscious reasoning. Conscious awareness occurs alongside unconscious processing. Both are required to release the shutter at the right place and time to capture the decisive moment. The photographer chose to submit a photograph of two schoolchildren in India.
”I was not simply looking for showing a portrait of children, I wanted the image that tell a story about the wonder, joy, and curiosity that children have”
The school system in India
The school system in India has four levels that are lower primary, which is age six to ten, upper primary, which is age eleven and twelve, high, which is age thirteen to fifteen and higher secondary, which is age seventeen and eighteen. The lower primary school is divided into five standards, upper primary school into two, high school into three and higher secondary into two.
A few reasons why education in India is given less importance in some areas are that eighty percent of schools are managed by the government. Private schools are expensive and out of reach of the poor. More hands to earn remains the mentality amongst many families and therefore little kids are set out to fend for the family over going to school to garner an adequate education, in the most literal sense of the word. Infrastructure facilities at schools across rural areas and in slums dispense very poor quality of education. The teachers are not well qualified and therefore not well paid and therefore are not willing to work hard enough.
”- A common feature in all government schools in India is the poor quality of education, with weak infrastructure and inadequate pedagogic attention. Twentyfive percent of the Indian population is illiterate. Only seven percent of the population that goes to school managed to graduate and only fifteen percent of those who enrol manage to make it to high school and achieve a place in the higher education system”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says again”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says.
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