Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shanu + Shawl, Nirvanavan Foundation, Rajasthan, India, 2017


She is the most gentle of girls, and alone is reason enough for us to continue with her school. Thanks to the generosity of two dozen from this beautiful circle, she and the girls in her village attend classes guided by Nirvana and his team. She lives adjacent to the school, and attends classes every single day.

When the camera is present, the expression on her face turns completely serious and she steps in front for her portrait. Her hands are usually down to the side, and her gaze is deep and heartfelt. She will look to the other girls nearby now and then, to perhaps share her amazement at being photographed.

She cannot speak, yet communicates volumes... she cannot write, yet uses the chalk and a simple board to express herself perfectly. The school is everything to her, and we aim to make sure that as long as she wants to attend the school will remain. She is the first to greet us when we arrive, and the last to wave goodbye as we drive down the path to the main road.


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Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.