So often poverty and the poor are portrayed in drab greyscale images that make us think those who are poor are constantly depressed, with no colour in their lives. At Compassion, we know this is not the case.
Take this image for example. Here a student is capturing the everyday activities of a Compassion project. Far from being drab and boring, the children are performing a dance outside a brightly decorated building. A dance that the photographer wants to capture so others can see it.
Those who visit Compassion projects often come home remarking how they were beacons of light in very dark places or that they were an oasis of colour and life in areas deserted of hope. Your support gives your sponsored child the chance to see that there is a future beyond the bleak picture of their current situation.
Being born into poverty is not about lacking colour, it’s about lacking opportunities. Seeing the world in colour means we can catch every nuance, every emotion and every meaning. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then it must be a colour picture! Joseph Addison puts it like this, “Colours speak all languages.” At Compassion we work across borders and languages in 26 countries, if we are to capture the message of the people of these countries then we need to see in colour.
When you look at the world, do you see drab greyscales or do you see living vibrant colours?