Many of the children in Rajasthan adore themselves with beautiful objects, from a functional clothespin to the religious amulet on this child's hands. Every once in a while such details are photographed along with the portrait, allowing them to shine on their own.
They are symbols of hope for me, tributes to each child's individuality in the face of difficult circumstances. When my eyes notice the necklaces and the children see this, the majority of them smile and start laughing... amazed at my reaction.
In this instance a few children walked into the courtyard of our host in the village to see the visitor, after our photography that morning. We were having tea when I noticed this necklace, and asked to photograph it. This child's friends had a great time watching their friend place his hands under the amulet, and the few minutes he endured while this photograph was made.
The whole experience was wonderful, and the children were more than gracious. We made more photographs, and then they walked back to their homes around the corner.