I was in the main square in Lhasa, spending all morning doing street photography. At first, these kids’ parents sent them over to me to beg for money. I smiled politely and refused (I hate it when adults use kids this way). Twenty minutes later, I saw the adults again send these kids over to me to sell me some trinkets. I smiled politely and refused (I didn’t want to buy anything). Twenty some minutes later again, I saw the adults send these kids over to me….this time though, they sent them over to pose for me to take pictures of them (and I happily paid them for their modeling time).
I took quite a few—these guys were just too cute not to paparazzi. This was my favorite image of them. The kid on the left decided for his pose he would grab his own lip and the other one’s ear. And I just love all the little details: the finger nail polish, the white crap of something in the messy hair, the homemade banjo slung over the shoulder, and the snot dripping out on a blustery day.
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