We set up a clinic in one of the rural villages outside of Kabul. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to repay our gratitude to the local villages by donating shoes, snacks, and clothing for the young children. I spotted an young girl with the most enchanting eyes. Her parents allowed me to make a quick image. I had to share. This is true source of peace and stability for Aghanistan...it's the children that will make the future.
Thanks for your kind words Larry, Dean, Derek and Joel. I was lucky to get the image. It is difficult to capture images given the Afghan cultural limits. There were others that I wanted make a photo of, but I was the outsider...a male...in uniform...and there were a lot of women present too. I definetly spent some time building rapport. It is not appropriate for men outside the family to speak with the women and children. Thank goodness for the few female interpreters helping. I started with a few snapshots of children playing and sharing the results before making images that I really wanted. I guess that's a part of photography "us amatuers" tend to overlook. But the few good keepers were impossible without building the relationship.
Here's a couple more I made along the way.
When one thinks about how bad they have it because they lack what their neighbors have...or something new they'd like to have...think again. There are many others that have less and are greatful for what they have.
Bill I love your portraits. They are always well lighted and beautifully processed. Your whole series is very interesting, especially the last image which captures so well the uneasiness that these people have about having their pictures taken from the averted glances to the woman who is sticking out her tongue.