Saturday, April 3, 2010

Young Student, Humana People to People, Rajasthan, India, November 15, 2009

In a previous entry, a story was told about this young girl's village.

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On this day, a visit to a former village turned into a most difficult affair. Without going into detail at this time, it will suffice to note that this village now lacks a school funded by the foundation. The mood has changed and cooperation is lacking.

In the middle of it all, she stands with a bravery rare in any environment. To her left, boys are making noises. To her right, a few older boys have gathered, some are helpful while some are more obstructive.

She returns for her portrait, remembering last year's visit with a smile. She stands in front of me on a chair for over five minutes. Men stop by asking us to stop, boys walk behind her trying to get in the frame of the camera. She ignores all of them and stands tall.

The writing on this roll of film tells me that this portrait is the sixth exposure on the sixteenth roll of film today.

My hope is to return this year and find her once again.