Saturday, June 13, 2015

Student + Pictures, Nirvanavan Foundation, Rajasthan, India, April of 2014

There are times when other people's questions regarding the importance of the photography do inject themselves into the work. What are photographs worth? What difference do they make? How does a picture help anyone?

Then I return to the villages in which the photographs were made, and hand them to the children. The reactions invariably erase any doubt in my mind, and at the most basic level demonstrate the positive. While of course these children have seen themselves on paper before, and on someone else's screen… they are enchanted by seeing themselves from the previous year. They cherish the photographs, and show them off to their friends… holding them so close to their chests that it seems they will never let go.

These are the children from one of our schools in Rajasthan, visited most recently by my dear brother Nirvana Bodhisattva and his team at Nirvanavan Foundation. My hope is that we can do even better for this school with Nirvana's guidance, and with our support.

Note: This image was made with a Sony RX-100M2.