A mother and child, outside two neighbouring NGO charity buildings in a slum area, one helps differently-abled people, the other provides extra education for children from the slums called Project Why and is who I work for. While taking a group of students from the charity on a photography project, one youngster spotted this lady and her son and asked to take their photo. Without a change of expression or moving or posing, a little wobble of the head signaled it was alright, they looked into the youngster’s camera and he got the shot of the day, while I captured the moment from aside. I love the serious expression on the lady’s face, it asks a story to be told of why so, what has happened to make you not smile, to frown so? As I continued to watch the lady I realized her expression wasn’t sadness or sorrow, though certainly she has known hardship, it is actually one of serene amusement, of pride, of reserve, a moment later her son was laughing and playing, this was just a fleeting moment but beautiful and rewarding to capture.
Very poignant shot, hard to tell what they are thinking without your words.
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And here is a video from Project Why