The Stain (Power of One)

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© Ahmer Inam
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UploadedAugust 6, 2008
TakenJuly 21, 2008
ModelFinePix F30
Exposure1/80 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length8 mm
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Taken in my home studio in the US, this image symbolizes the recent democratic process in Iraq. This photo depicts that it is always the resolute one per cent that makes the decisive difference in political change. It is this one percent that is beyond the influence of the prevalent political system. The temporary stain on the finger holds many powers and shows the resolve of this group. History has shown that it is the voice of this minority that percolates from the bottom to spearhead and establish social and political change. A western-style liberal-democracy may or may not be the right solution for the region but creating, supporting and sustaining a political environment that'd nurture and empower this minority group would certainly be a big step in the right direction. In the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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  • Andrea Alzmann

    Andrea Alzmann gave props (7 Oct 2008):

    This brings tears to my eyes! Beautiful!

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