Saturday, April 16, 2016

Young Student + Madrasa, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2016


Early one morning a week or so ago we walked to the madrasa of our host's village. We arrived early enough to see a few students just getting ready for their lessons, and spoke with a few men gathered for prayer in the same location.

The mosque itself was quite beautiful, but was less than ideal for our photography. We looked outside and found the most beautiful yellow wall, as well as a gorgeous landscape to use. So we arranged to photograph the boys first, and then the girls.

This young boy was one of the first to be photographed due to his lightly colored eyes. He was fabulous and had a sweet smile. The crowd gathered quickly, and we did our best to help make the children feel at home while being photographed by the first time by me.

He however had little problem feeling at home, and smiled beautifully. The color of his eyes intensified with direct sunlight, and when he smiled even more so. We photographed the boys for perhaps a half an hour before beginning with the girls.

Later in the week Nirvana and his team from Alwar visited this exact village, and three of the schools in the area. The community embraced us with the enthusiasm of this young boy, and my hope is that this time next year an interfaith collaboration will have begun in this area.


Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.