Sometimes it can be difficult to choose between two images that in most ways are very similar. I’m currently having such a dilemma.
These two are of a man who’s living in Enyindakrom, a community in Ankaful, Ghana that used to be and in many ways still is, a leprosy community. All of it’s inhabitants either used to have leprosy or are related to people who used to have leprosy. The story (part of my Leprosy Eliminated? and other stories project) is very much a positive one – there is no stigma against them or the community any more and though there is still a great amount of physical impairment (some might say disability) there is a great amount of dignity still.
The following photograph I feel, sums this up quite well:
The next photograph was taken seconds later, but I simply stood up:
Many of the details that convey information are present in both photographs – the fact he had a leg amputated, his lack of fingers and toes, a problem with his eye/eyes, the presence of the wheelchair, the bare bed and poor room, even the small white cross hanging off his bed.
Personally, I like the composition on both of them, though perhaps I like the second slightly more. If it’s supposed to be a photograph showing dignity in the face of the situation then I think the first is the best candidate. It works well with the story of the community.
However, individually the man, whose name is John, really can do very little and needs constant care from his friends and financial help and donations, usually from the local missionary nuns. Whenever I went to see him he was on his porch, or just outside his house and always seemed to be alone, waiting. In that respect, from the two weeks I lived next to the community, I feel that second photo sums him more.
So which photo should I choose? Well I haven’t decided yet. If you have any thoughts on the matter, then please comment below. Otherwise you’ll see the final result when you click on ‘Ghana’ on the website.