A juxtaposition is “the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast” — as in these two shots.
The first photo below shows the contrast between a young man grating coconut in the traditional method which dates back hundreds of years. The traditional grater is a long metal with a scraper at the end. He is sitting on the long metal piece, with his hands holding the hard outer part of the coconut while he scrapes the hard white, inner part of the coconut. You can see the grated coconut falling in the bucket and there are still several cracked coconuts waiting to be grated.
In this next picture there are two comparisons. The first contrast is the young man with his grandmother who is in her 90’s and the second contrast is that he is on his modern-day cell phone while she is grating the coconuts. There is the contrast of her white hair to his black braided hair, her sagged muscles compared to his youthfulness.
I love both photos. I love the intensity with which each one is wrapped up in their own world within such a close proximity of space. It is such an amazing contrast between the two worlds – young and old; new technology and old tradition.
What a great juxtaposition!