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Through a Child's Eyes
8x12 image with digital border, making it a 12x18 print
Review by Peter Marr
Of all the captivating images in the “Simply Myanmar” exhibition, the highlight for me is this striking portrait of a beautiful young girl. It ranks right alongside Steve McCurry’s photograph of the “Afghan Girl,” as two of the most magnificent and remarkable images of our generation. In Chris’ portrait, there is a sublime power and uplifting grace that is just awesome, coupled with a sense of both wonder and innocence that could only come from a child. The latter’s imaginary fulfillment is strongly augmented by her delicate hands, captured charismatically in an act of appreciation and inward happiness.
The viewer is immediately drawn to the most priceless part of the portrait, namely the beautiful, wide-open eyes that both welcome you in to melt your heart, and outwardly, evoke a passionate feeling of both hope and compassion, both for herself, and for the future of her proud and courageous people. Photographically and artistically, this portrait is masterly in every respect. The color palette is exceptional, and the gorgeous soft lighting is magical, resulting in every important detail being highlighted to perfection. The subdued background and creative vignetting all contribute to an exquisite portrait that is both prophetic and inspirational. The portrait expands our vision and personal horizons, with both awe and wonderment, and evokes an inner response in the observer to the world around the young girl, so that we are at one with the eternal spirit of the Burmese people.