A photograph can appear so quickly that almost before it registers it’s gone. All in an instant, my instinct is to lift the camera, point and pray. If I had seen this photo when film was king and the exposure was as far off as this one was my prayer would have gone unanswered. But digital sometimes saves the day.
As I turned the corner from the backyard of Oraedah orphanage in Haiti last July the backlighting was blinding, at least 3-4 stops brighter than the shadows. I didn’t have time to adjust while the boy paused; but I wanted the shot. The more I look at it the more I think that maybe the severe overexposure is what makes this work at all.