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    True Praise. Daraja Children Choir of Africa
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 4
    Lighting 5
    Creativity 3
    Story 4

    Fortunately, this photo doesn't need an extensive caption—although the photographer could have written a great one with subject matter like this—to get a sense of what it's about. A young boy is completely taken by his worship through song. Singing takes him out of this world and into a place that for him is filled with the love of spiritual life. Music is one of those things that can take us away, out of our own reality and into a reality where we might like to be or live, or to a safe place, a place that is better than where we are, a place that we love. His whole heart and soul is in that song, and you can tell he means it. This photo tells so many stories and conjures up various scenarios for me because I've lived in Africa and worked extensively throughout it. Ideally, a more detailed caption would mention where in Africa it was taken. Was it a war-torn country? A country that has suffered injustice? Where were they singing and to whom and at what event? This kind of information in a caption can powerfully underpin the photograph. The raised hand, the face on this young boy, and the people behind him … This is a deep and old story, a universal one, and this is a photo that moves me. Sometimes the photo says it all, but it creates a much richer experience for the viewer to have more information, and since I think of photographs as being historic documents, whether it's personal history or world history, complete caption info is a big thing in my book. It can be lyrical or factual, but write something!

    Maggie Steber
    National Geographic Photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Nov 19, 2013
    Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2014
    Location: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS 60D
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
    Aperture: f/2
    ISO: 320
    Copyright: © Brandy Metzger
    Categories: Culture, Black and White, People