Saturday, November 2, 2013

Boy + Cap, Humana People to People India, Virat Nagar, Rajasthan, India, October 29, 2013

When we arrived in Virat Nagar, the good people of Humana People to People India made it possible for me to set out first thing in the morning. We walked through the city streets in search of that next face and found one in this little boy. We had stopped for a few women but were surrounded by boys and men, deciding to take advantage of the multitude of faces rather than the few women.

As with almost all situations in my experiences with rural India, boys take center stage once they see me and my camera. On this morning it was advantageous, they were quite charming and beautiful actually. This young boy was almost the last to be photographed, preferring to stay behind at least one older boy in the crowd the entire time.

The space was a small lot just off of the main road, and perhaps around 30 people had gathered to witness the proceedings. One advantage with photographing boys is that the crowd does little to affect the subject's demeanor, in contrast to when a young girl is photographed in front of the same, mostly male crowd. So this young boy was quite comfortable in front of the camera and also in front of a few dozen people.

Tomorrow I leave for Behror and then Alwar on single day visits to friends. Photography will be quite limited, but then again the camera will be ready in case someone with such a face decides to show up in front of my camera.

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