Saturday, May 13, 2017

Young Student, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2017


A few months ago two dozen people from Facebook came together to help fund a new school in Uttar Pradesh, and for this group of people we present her portrait. She is a new student in a local madrasa, and her community has expressed a desire to include the government curriculum as well for their children.

With the help of our gracious hosts we have begun the conversations, and have started to move forward as well with respect to the plan. As of this week her school's new teachers are visiting Nirvanavan Foundation for an initial review, while sewing centers will begin in three villages in a few months.

This was her first portrait session with us, being a new student to the madrasa. Her eyes are the most sensitive to light in my experience, yet she was able to stand next to the window for this photograph. There is something about making portraits of young girls new to the camera, something magical about their presence. My hope is that her school will turn a page thanks to the generosity of so many of you, and that her future is as bright as the light coming through the window.


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Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.