Wednesday, December 17, 2008

the girl with the toy airplane in Simunul

Children, by their preternaturally gregarious nature, play in tandems or in groups. Rarely do they entertain themselves solitarily. Strange was it then, when upon entering by boat into the shallow reef house-on-stilts village of Tubig Indangan in Simunul island, Tawi-Tawi that we met the little girl with the toy airplane.

Canon EOS 350D Digital, 1/400s, f/5.6, 230mm, ISO 100

Perched on a narrow walkway plank, she was playing by her lonesome self. Her family might not be able to afford plastic toys but she got the next best thing- a hand-carved wooden plane rigged with a broken electric fan blade. It would be safe to assume that it probably was hand-carved lovingly by her father or a close kin.

Canon EOS 350D Digital, 1/1000s, f/5.6, 255mm, ISO 100

The girl raised her home-made toy airplane above her head, cutting a regal figure on the footbridge. The propeller spun rhythmically, spurred by the strong breeze. Even when the drizzle got heavier and the wind grew louder, she remained unperturbed. With a billowing skirt and a deadpan look, she cut a figure.

By the time that we docked, she gave play a rest. The plane was probably getting heavy for her I suppose and her arms sagged.

Canon EOS 350D Digital, 1/640s, f/5.6, 130mm, ISO 100, -1/3EV

While her play evokes fun, she to me epitomizes resilience and heart. She did not even move when our boat went past by her. She was lost in her own world.

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1 comment:

Adrien said...

Hello Farl,

I first saw this photo on flickr, and was very touched by all its meaning. It airs innocence, and the meaning that you don't need expensive or hype things, even the simplests things can make you feel happy for a while.

May 31 is the birthday of my loved one, and I really would like to gift her a large printing of this picture full of meaning, to hang on the wall of her room. I would naturaly put the name of the author on it.

If you agree, I give you my email adress: wrym @

Thanks in advance, and once again congratulations for this shot, hope i will have the opportunity to travel as much as you do when i grow up.

Adrien, student from France.