Monday, May 14, 2007
Asleep in Daddy's arms
Shanghai, China, May 2007 [Click to enlarge]
When I originally confirmed my plans to travel to China, I expressed concern about the wisdom of bringing a large-ish digital SLR camera along. I decided to tote our little point-and-shoot instead, reasoning that it would be less conspicuous a tool in a place where personal freedoms weren't guaranteed as they are here.
As I got closer to departure, I had a change of heart. I had visions of coming across photo ops that would pass me by because the little camera was just too limited with its wide-angle lens and slow response time. In the end, I brought the Nikon with the so-called big lens (75 to 300mm), as well as the pocket camera. I'm glad I did, because otherwise I would have missed a moment like this, when a pensive father walked along the Nanjing Road pedestrian mall with his sleeping infant daughter in his protective arms. With anything smaller than a long lens to pull the moment in and make it real, the shot simply would not have happened.
Your turn: There's so much going on in this picture that I almost don't know where to begin. What's it saying to you?