Over the past few months I've had the privilege of meeting and hanging out with hundreds of kids in different parts of the world. So far they've been the highlight to every trip I've been on… mostly because kids love the foreigner with a camera. Just kidding. Well, sort of. The thing is, when a camera is present kids get excited. They parade around you, hug you, follow you everywhere you go, pose and smile. Their faces are priceless when they see the miniature versions of themselves on the small display screen. The camera seems to take them out of their reality.
Along with these reactions, there is also a lot of grabbing, lens touching, and button pressing. But hey, kids are curious and they aren't going to destroy a camera by accidentally changing a few settings. They simply want to take photos. Unfortunately, the reality is that in most of the places I have been, the kids will never own a camera of their own. I'll probably write more on that later.
Here is one of those smiling kids who loved my camera. He was one of the only kids sneaky enough to slip between me and my camera strap and without my help, started snapping away dragging me along with him.
A few things you might like to know about this guy. He lives in Belize and he is probably the best hugger in the world. He has Down syndrome and though he looks shy, I promise you, he's not. He also has a good eye for taking photos. Here are some of his unedited pictures: