Art from the Subconscious

A Tribute to Kevin Carter, Photographer and Journalist

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Roy and I found this an extreemly powerful and moving photograph and wanted to dedicate this page to Kevin Carter.  I include one of Roys poems appropriate to this tragic subject.
This Photograph [below] is being circulated by email of which I have a copy so if  you would like to forward it to your friends.. please email me and I will send it to you   [ contact button] 


From warmth behind the glass
seems cruel to be outside -
the puffed up thrush, shiver
as the north wind bites !
Or in my well stocked pantry
think, the child in drought is dying
for lack of what I give the robin !
And that  shocking photograph
imbued with empathy -
Like a blade to my crooked heart,
the  boy's despair plunging to the hilt,
the vulture at  my back, is guilt ;
the world will never heal
unless we feel the pain that others feel.
roy k.austin


Kevin Carter 1994
sudan photo


Kevin Carter

The text with this photo reads..

The photo in this mail is the "Pulitzer prize" winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan famine. The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards a United Nations food camp,located a kilometer away.
The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. This picture shocked the whole world no one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken.
Three months later he committed suicide due to depression

This was found in Kevins diary..
Dear God, I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it can taste and how full I may be. I pray that He will protect this little boy, guide and deliver him away from his misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by our own selfish nature and interests.
I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us that how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted.
Kevin Carter



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