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Saturday, August 30, 2008

PhotoHunt: Beautiful

It's interesting how this week's theme is so common that the vast array to choose from renders me immobile. I've rummaged through my photos from various provinces in the Philippines, photos from Hong Kong, the USA, Finland and Sweden just to find the photo perfect for this week's hunt.

I still came back to my original choice, though, the one I've picked weeks ago.

He lives in one of the lower income communities our university works with. He's one of those boys who tease his female playmates but charm our medical students who serve in their village. His laughter echoes amidst poverty, his demeanor is never long nor fallen, his energy never diminished. He greets us with the glee of familiarity, but he always manages to evade us when he feels a "health lecture" is about to unravel. His a good boy with j-u-s-t that streak of mischief. And enough hope in his eyes.

(I love the graininess of this photo. It comes from the first roll of expired slide film I've ever used with my Woca, which I then had cross-processed. Those were the days, of dabbling in lomography...)

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Blogger Pat said...

Excellent choice for this week - you just want to hug him!

Happy Weekend.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 4:12:00 AM  
Blogger jams o donnell said...

Great photo. I love that joyful smile. Have a great weekend

Saturday, August 30, 2008 4:15:00 AM  
Blogger Rach said...

that is such a cheeky grin :-)

Saturday, August 30, 2008 7:14:00 AM  
OpenID 7thstranger said...

i agree with you for this week's theme. :)
but you've got a nice photo there. photos of kids with their natural smiles are great! enjoy your weekend.

thanks for droppin' by! :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger ian said...

Thanks for visiting, everyone! yeah, he's quite the dapper one =]

Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:05:00 PM  
OpenID napaboaniya said...

A beautiful smile on the beautiful boy's face :)

Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger eastcoastlife said...

He has a beautiful smile. It never fails to amaze me whenever I visit young children in poor, underdeveloped areas, they look happy. Despite not having the necessary comforts (according to my city life standard :) ) and education, they are smiling cheerfully and free from worries. I envy them.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger lucy said...

It is the hope in his face that makes this photo beautiful...thank you!

Saturday, August 30, 2008 7:34:00 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

When I visited Nicaragua a few years ago, I was amazed at how HAPPY most people seemed, despite the extreme poverty. I agree. That IS a beautiful photo.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 8:52:00 PM  
Blogger MyMaracas said...

What a wonderful image. The personality of that boy just glows on the page. I love the angle and the coloring of the photo. Yes ... beautiful, on many levels. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 9:02:00 PM  
Blogger ian said...

thanks again, everyone =] in this cynical world of insatiable adults who may never feel contentment, childlike hope is a rare find. i wish we'd all latch on to our inner child and be fueled with hope, and act to fuel others' =]

Sunday, August 31, 2008 12:34:00 AM  

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