I was working on a story...

November 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Beauty in South SudanBeauty in South SudanWoman waiting at an Out-patient Treatment Program (OTP) pre-natal care site in Malualbai, Aweil East County, Northern Bhar El Ghazal State, South Sudan.

 

I was working on a story about the plight of women accessing pre-natal care in South Sudan and out of the blue, I saw an expectant mother whose appearance drew my eye. She was sitting on a short wall bordering the clinic’s veranda. She was leaning on a metal pole and her arms were holding on to it, reaching behind as if to provide some relief to her lower back.  Her face and skin were glowing without an ounce of make-up. I practically held my breath as I moved in closer in order to frame what I wanted to capture. She didn’t flinch or acknowledge my presence at first, although she had observed me making photographs of the clinic exterior minutes before. I made three very quick frames and moved away in order to minimize any disturbance. My D800 is a formidable tool, however, stealth isn’t its forte..

As a photographer, you know the feeling when you actually "see it" and experience the rush. I'm guessing that's what we're all addicted to...

Women waiting at the pre-natal care section of an OTP clinic in Malualbai.


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