Just a few weeks ago we were in Alwar, seems so distant to our time now in the States. While the two parts of the world are quite different, this portrait reminds me that the people are much more similar. Even though the cultures are different, even though the landscape has changed, a smile comes to a child's face just as beautifully.
This young girl lives in a village near Advaita Garden, just outside of Alwar. We were photographing some of the students from the school guided by Nirvana when she noticed us and walked by to see. My eyes of course noticed her immediately and invited her for a portrait. She accepted with a smile and stepped in front of the camera, with the field behind her. Her shawl was a magnificent color, and she was an immediate star in front of the lens.
The next two times we visited her village, she smiled even more so when I called her name... surprised that it would be remembered. How could one forget the name of such a child!?