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...why the title God's children. I think it is a combination of the extreme bright lighting and the location this was taken at. Somewhere on the Niger River two days cruising from Mopti headed towards Timbuktu. These children live on an island in the middle of nowhwere and have nothing except their families and God to watch after them. A most unimpressive photo for most, I know, but a memory I have that will last a lifetime.

...and I must also say that cruising a piroque up the Niger River is, almost definitely, the greatest travel experience I have ever been graced with.

...and yes, I'm back. Six months of travelling through the Middle East and Africa and 18,000 photos later...I've been looking at your photos (Dennis, Jorge, Peter, Bulent, Luca, Jean Paul, Jom, Tina, Ally, Andre and Daisy to name a few) but haven't had good enough connections or screens to honestly critique them. I've seen some amazing sights and have seen the worst of the worst in this world and have come back with a renewed realization that money means nothing. The poorer the people, the nicer the people. Poor means nothing to these children. The word does not exist to them. They are happy with what they have and want for very little...maybe just an empty coke bottle every once in a while. Happiness and wealth are not dependent on each other and actually have nothing to do with each other.

So, over the next few months I'll be downloading shots from Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkino Faso, Mali and Senegal. Lots of portraits as I have become very keen to "closeup" shots (...thanks Annie) with some landscapes, people in their environment shots and all other types of photos in between.

PS - I think I've forgotten some of my post processing skills over the last couple months so forgive me my shortmindedness...and bear with me.

Hope you like them.
John

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