Why does this picture trouble me?
Is it because it looks staged? Or because it reinforces our perceptions of the â€œoldâ€ and the â€œnewâ€, the â€œdevelopedâ€ and the â€œunderdevelopedâ€? Is it because it likely shows the beginning of the end of a complex relationship going back generations between a people and their culture?
We have so much to learn from traditional, indigenous societies, yet technology and knowledge transfer is almost universally one way - â€œusâ€ to â€œthemâ€ - and is almost always portrayed in eye-catching images like the one above. In our world this is what progress looks like, neatly caught in the lens of a travelling laptop owner.
The picture tells us that development is on the way.