Monday, June 29, 2009

Banjara Girl, Collaboration between Humana and Nirvanavan, 2008

The truck stops at a crossroad, we step out and start walking across the street. This young girl, without a shirt, walks past us with some older women, all with vessels of water balanced on their heads.

We continue to a small row of tents across the street, to photograph the children of a school arranged by Humana People to People India. The good people of Nirvanavan Foundation have made this day possible, driving me to Behror from Alwar, even taking along our guide from Humana for this photographic session.

We find a place and arrange the children, girls first and then the boys, as is my custom. We begin the photography and proceed according the height, taller girls first so as to make the adjustments easier and the photography smoother.

Then she walks to us, the young girl from the street, dressed in this fantastic pattern, with a broad smile and eyes glistening in the sun. She is also wearing a sweater, a far shift from my first view of her on the street.

She steps up onto the chair, elevated from the surroundings. Her presence is natural, she knows why she is there. We make a few exposures, then ask her to remove the sweater. She does so without question and allows us to make a few more exposures with this beautiful pattern. Then she allows us to have her necklaces hidden for another series of exposures. She allows all of this, like a queen allowing her subjects their day in court. She is as elegant as when she walked by us with the vessel of water on her head.

Her print as well as others are available for sale through my website. All proceeds will go to benefit the subjects of my photography. Additionally, contributions can be directed through One World Children's Fund for U.S. Citizens as a tax-deductible benefit.