Last week, the Muslim Student Organization in my university invited Muslim students for Iftar on campus. There were more than 80 Muslim students a number that is considered quite big. It was the biggest for a long time. As usual whenever Muslims in my city have an event the media is the first to cover this event; Eid, Ramadan, etc. One of the things I hate is when a photographer enters the Mosque and starts taking pictures. I hate it for two reasons; first, shooting pictures is noisy and second because the idea of someone taking pictures of me while praying makes me feel like a circus freak.
Anyway, I would like to show you these two pictures below. The first picture was taken by a reporter who covered last year’s Eid prayer. In her article, she posted two pictures one for people praying and the second picture is the one you see in Pic 1. As you know in Eid prayer the whole family attends; men, women and their kids. Yet, this reporter found the picture of shoes worth posting rather than a picture of people hugging each other or a picture of joyful kids. The second picture is taken in our Iftar last week. I would like to hear what you think about it because some people think it is normal and nothing wrong with this picture and others think it has no taste and shoes should not be zoomed in as in Pic 2. By the way, the angle in this picture makes it look as if the prayers are praying in front of their shoes rather the shoes are on the side but maybe because of the angle of the picture taken it looked as you see. What I want to say is that is Pic 2 is the best picture you can get if you are given two hours to shoot pictures around? Is it because of culture difference that I find this picture to be bad but Americans find it beautiful? Some Muslim students didn’t mind this picture though. What do you think?
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