Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Young Student + Bench, Panipat, Haryana, India, 2016


Since my first visit to this region in 2013, the communities have embraced me and my work fully. Although they are deeply conservative, they have allowed me to photograph their daughters without limitation. They know of my work, and understand my admiration and adoration of the girl spirit.

So when Anna showed interest in another school for this region, it gave me further impetus to present it once again to our FB family. So in this spirit, and over the next two months, I will once again present a second school for your collective review. We do so on behalf of girls just like this very student, who is as hungry for an education as any in the world.

We met her through our hosts in Kairana, Uttar Pradesh. One of our hosts invited us to a school in nearby Panipat, Haryana. We drove out for an afternoon visit and were greeted by some of the most beautiful children in the world. We were allowed to photograph all of the students in the school, including all of the girls. This is almost unheard of in such a conservative society, but this is the privilege we have been granted by our friends.

She and her friends were so excited to see us, and got up quickly when their turn came to be photographed. They walked over to where the teacher usually sat, close to the doorway in order to be graced by the light.

So Anna should we be able to gather another 24 people for this school, we will make it happen immediately. We have 3 months to make this happen!

Thank you for the inspiration!