We carry on up past the Elephants and into the Hmong village. Another relocated hill tribe? For this salesgirl persistence pays off.
Please mister, best quality, best price. But what a darlin' little urchin-right down to the mud on her face
28 Dec 2010 2:43pm
Wonderful group portrait . Kids' expressions are so strong, so sad ...
28 Dec 2010 3:04pm
In her situation, every little amount helps. very expressive!
28 Dec 2010 3:32pm
The attention & tension of the kids, excellent.
28 Dec 2010 3:36pm
Too old, too soon. I love the other kids watching so closely.
28 Dec 2010 3:43pm
@Bettina: 'Too old, too soon'. Exactly right. We saw lots more of this, especially in Cambodia which was full of small hustlers. Also in the schools there where children have to produce saleable goods to help fund the school's existence, putting in a days work on top of education time. In some cases this works quite well as they are learning a craft or skill that could serve them well in later life. However it's a stark contrast to childhood in the western world.
I love this game with small hand-woven bracelets for the girls! A perfect composition! Best regards, Adela
28 Dec 2010 4:16pm
Great expressions Growser, don't know whether to admire or pity their early entry into entrepreneurship.
28 Dec 2010 4:32pm
@Curly: I think both. It's a fairly desperate life and childhood for many is correspondingly brief. Although there was no begging to be seen in Laos, despite the fact that it is the poorest of the countries we visited out there. There is also very little bird and wildlife to to be found. I suspect much of it got eaten in the desperate war years and the country has yet to recover.
A fine shot of the street vendor and some kids observing with great interest.
28 Dec 2010 4:34pm
A nice shot of them
28 Dec 2010 6:03pm
Unbelievably intense expressions on faces so young - exceptionally well captured. But I agree with Mariana above - for me it brings on a feeling of sadness.
28 Dec 2010 6:52pm
Jolis ces bracelets brodés! Et ces jeunes enfants profitent du passage des touristes! la même réalité existe chez moi...
Bonne fin d'année lumineuse et chaleureuse!
28 Dec 2010 7:26pm
Yeah! Sad how so much of mankind lives especially the young, the innocent. Our kids learned when my wife and I started a homeless shelter back in the late 80's we built our housing as part of the shelter. Every night we had 6 or more homeless adults and kids sharing meals with us. Then later my wife and I spent 13 months living on barren hills with the homeless and extremely poor in TJ Mexico which with all the drug gang violence has become almost a war-zone.
28 Dec 2010 10:04pm
très belle scène, et beaux portraits.
29 Dec 2010 9:20pm
Lovely capture - the expression on all three of them's face is amazingly captured.
30 Dec 2010 2:01am
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