Sunday, October 4, 2009

Smiles the Second Time Around, Humana People to People, Rajasthan, India, 2008


So it goes that given the chance, these two boys share their smiles with us.  

A month or so ago, a blog entry showed them a bit tense, just as they were at first in front of the camera. It needs to be noted that these boys were also in front of a dozen of their friends, a handful of adults and about two hundred girls seated under a large tent.

So we can understand their hesitation to smile.

Given the chance, they show us their smiles. 

They live in a small village where Humana People to People India works.  The foundation has arranged a small school for the girls who would otherwise lack an education.  These girls are needed usually to work in the fields or weave carpets.  The foundation has spoken to the parents and received their permission to give these most beautiful children two to four hours of education in between their work and chores.

The boys were looking on from a ledge at the girls from all the Humana People to People India Girls Schools.  The foundation had arranged a gathering for the girls to meet each other, to sing songs, to play act and to enjoy each other's company.  

It was a deeply moving experience for me, to see the subjects of my photography sing, dance and smile all day long.

All the portraits from my work with the foundation are for sale to benefit the good people of these villages.  For more information, please visit the website below.