The moment i see a picture and I instantly wish I could somehow forget it, it has touched me. This is one of these images. Very powerful. No way I will lecture my kids tonight, but offer cuddles instead.
… +Jordon Scott : My kids look like the world came to an end when I tell them they can't have ice cream after dinner. To create an image like this, you don't have to do what the campaign promotes. However it's done, it's message is clear and powerful.
… this image and some of your comments raise a good point: At what point do you / should you step up and do something if it's not your own child. I photograph a lot of children, and in some rare cases something doesn't feel right. I hear parents talk to their child in a way I disagree with, and I do my part in the studio to change the situation, give the kids a job (hand them the light meter and have them check if the flashes still work), or have them help me change the scenery, backdrop, or just play with them. Small things can calm the kids and their parents down, but what happens once they leave is out of my reach.
On a more general note I think what Jeremy reminds us is the unbelievable power that images can have.
Why does everyone think that everyone else is mistreating their children? OMG, mind your own business. I have an idea, adopt a couple kids to give them a better future...and head all the advice you are giving here.
honestly i helpd raise 5 so i can agree with Arnado its touchy business... but i will say this in respect to all u mothers out there words do hurt, and IF you want help, ITS OUT THERE just ask ok. So there
yep, so true, my daughter has been scarred by derogatory things that my late wife had said to her when she was young. I didn't realize they were so hurtful to the girl. I just found out about it in a talk with the younger daughter recently. So when I see older daughter again (she lives in Seattle and I don't) I'll be sure to try to set things straight.
This is an awesome thing. As a dad of a 4 year old and 1 year old I am very careful as to how I talk to my kids because I KNOW how words affect people. We don't even use the word "dumb" or "stupid" when referring to ANYTHING in our home. I know that's extreme but we try to keep such negatively powerful words out of our family environment. Thank you for posting!
I am actually touched and awed by how this image alone can stir something deep inside my heart. Being someone who is constantly bombarded with negative words and criticisms by my own family, I have a deep connection with this photo. It's just amazing.
+Sean Kelly Grownups maybe, but children as in the pictures don't understand it that way. They look to adults, (esp parents) to tell them what they are, by word or actions. If you tell a child "You're worthless." She will believe it 100% for most of her life.
+Stephan Bollinger Giving those kids a little job to do, followed up by the all important, "hey kid, you did a great job. You're awesome." Is probably the only tactful way to do it. Besides that, if you just told the parents, "You are terrible parents, don't talk to him that way" how much would it really harm your business? It may be worth it.
People forget about the true power of words. Hitler's campaign didn't run on fuel, or manpower; not were guns and bombs his true weapons. The war-order began with words. He used words to sway a nation, used words to command his generals, build his camps and guide his legion; Guns were made of metal but it was words that spawned their creation and commands that ushered their use;
Look at the wonderful things Martin Luther King did with words at his side; how resonant they are to this day; Words can build cities, or destroy nations. We who have been blessed with the power of speech should learn to use it wisely, lest it be the undoing of us all. ;)
- +Jesse Davis , you are right, and that's what I'm doing of course. There are moments when I'd rather loose business and do what feels right. Luckily so far I've only had such a case once in my life, and as expected, I've never seen them again.
To all those calling the photographer a child-beater, you appear to have forgotten about the existence of eyedrops.
That or she tells them one of those sad, beautiful stories that shape our lives when we're young and make us remember to treat everyone equally and compassionately lest we cause that much pain ourselves.
As am I, I would like to share this with a friend of mine who Fights against Child Abuse on Twitter if you say it's ok, since we don't know who was the original artist, ?? What are your thoughts? I see it's been shared 2913 times before the 2,913th time was to my immediate friends and acquaintances. But putting it on twitter, even in the hands of the responsible, is still well, I'd rather get your thoughts on it before I shared with her.
+Jeremy Cowart well given that euro rcsg or whatever asked jill greenberg if they could use her crying children images, then ripped her off when she said no, yeah, i guess if someone isn't moved by this because it is a shitty imitation of great work that's understandable. and since they are a huge ad agency that is part of an even bigger conglomerate there's nothing that jill (or any other photographer who gets ripped off) can do about it.
Not one of us as parents are perfect and in this world there is no perfect parent. The only perfect ones out there are the ones that see the fault in others. All we ever do is the best for our children at the time with the resources available to us at that time. Unfortunately there is and always will be those that abuse children, adults and animals and they will not be going away in a hurry. Hopefully with this kind of image those numbers can and will be reduced.
I am training to be a child counsellor so unfortunately am not surprised when i hear the things parents say to their children who are ignorant to think they are ONLY children and not little humans. I'm just ashamed to be an adult sometimes. its devastating to have to pick ip the pieces of emotional amd verbal abuse that is becoming more and more common in the consumer ridden world we live in where your phone tv and material things seem more important than giving kids the time and attention they long for
its true............we can refer for a same thing in holy bible too....."..whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him.....what comes out of a man that defiles a man .............".Mark 7:18-23