Children hardly differ from one tourist town to other. ‘One photo,’ is a popular phrase with Badami’s kids too. They are delighted to see a stranger with a backpack. They come running, raise a finger and repeat those well worn words with great delight. When I get one such request, I smile at them and move on if I am in a hurry to get somewhere. But if I have time in my hands, I pause for a quick chatter, take a picture and show it to them. It makes then dance with delight and makes me feel good. But I have to move on before their friends, and friends’ friends come along and build an army around me.
Here are some pictures.
Muneer shouted ‘one photo’ when I was passing by. I don’t think he thought his request will be obliged. He was a bit stunned, and never spoke a word. Even his name, I learned from another guy who was standing nearby.
I was trying to frame this goat below, and the girl insisted that she be part of the frame. I obliged. The boy in the next picture got added to the frame in the same way.
These kids were escorted by the lady, probably their teacher. Everyone jumped in for ‘one photo’, the lady had to push them forward and make them stay on course.
These kids were conscious of the camera. I used the live-view on lcd to shoot, and talked to them simultaneously to put them at east.