foto, foto, foto
These children live in a slum on the outskirts of Phenom Penh, Cambodia. Their homes are made of discarded sheets of metal, scraps of wood and plastic tarps. But, they have such wonderful smiles. I remember vividly how happy they were. Running, jumping, playing all around us… and with us. It was so easy to connect with them. The very best thing about shooting with a digital camera is that you can take a total stranger’s photo then flip the camera around so they can see what you took. They enjoyed having their photo taken, but the look on their face as they see themselves and their friends on that tiny screen is just wonderful enjoyment for all of us. It always draws a bigger and bigger crowd as each person grabs someone else to have their picture taken with. Shouts of foto, foto, foto with wild hand gestures as they point to themselves and a friend or family member they want their photograph taken with. Then they start jockeying for position. Competing to have their photo taken next.
And sometimes, I give my camera to one of them and they take my photo with a group of smiling kids climbing all over me. There are few photos of me when I’m on my trips, which makes those photos all the more precious to me. But, my highest treasure are photos like this, that remind me of the love I feel for the children that I have met.