Sunday, March 11, 2012

Young Student, Humana People to People, Rajasthan, India, November 14, 2009

On this day we celebrate a day for children, and Humana People to People India gathers students from all the associated villages for a day of games and fun. We spend the day playing games, listening to inspirational speeches and watching incredible performances.

At the end of the day, we walk over to a nearby village to document the use of solar lanterns. We record women working with the aid of this light, and the smiles on the villagers resulting from the excitement. After the documentation, and right before we leave, I notice a beautiful wall and decide to make some spontaneous portraits of the people from the home.

These young girls are also associated with Humana People to People India, and are familiar with me and my work. They stand one after another in front of the wall and have their portraits made. It never ceases to amaze me how the camera brings this out in these girls. They love being photographed, they love the chance to express themselves.

Most of the time they stand with their hands to the side, beyond shy. Some say that the only hint of expression is on their faces. I however see their personality through their hand positions, through their posture, the straightening of their heads or the bowing of the same.

We finish on this beautiful day and look forward to a full day of photography on the next day. The image included in the previous entry is twenty hours away from being made at this moment.

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