Monday, February 10, 2014

Student + Safety Pin, Banganga, Rajasthan, India, November, 2013

When four years separates my visits time reveals so much. We visited Banganga once again today, and walked over to the leader's home to check on his daughter. She happened to be standing next to this young girl and we invited her to be photographed also. One second's glance at her features reminded me of a young girl from my last visit four years ago, perhaps her age at the time. Through my friend I asked if she had an older sister. She was surprised at the question but smiled at the same time, knowing that her sister was photographed by me four years ago. She walked inside to call her sister who then stepped outside smiling also. These are the experiences that make this work that much more enjoyable.

We celebrate that the school in her village has been reopened through a collaboration with Humana People to People India. She and her sisters can now attend classes once again, pick up those small pieces of chalk and scribble their names on the portable chalkboards in their delicate hands. The circle has been maintained, the work has come to represent the very people in the images.

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