I took this photo in a Peul village, a few kms far from Kedougou. We had spent the night there in tents, and when we got up, the kids of the village came to join us. I believe it's really rare to have tourists sleeping near their houses, so the curiosity was really big and their reactions in front of a camera can be the most unexpected, as we can see here. As far as I remember there was another little girl hiding behind those two, we can see a foot:)!
The Peuls ou Fulas, are one of the largest migratory ethnic groups in the world and they are spread over many African countries, such as Senegal. It was a great experience to visit many of their villages and contact with them, as they are really nice and usually welcome visitors really well.
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willperrett (6575) 2013-11-20 2:04
Great informal "street" group portrait. I love the spontaneity of it, and as you have noted, it's the expressions which make it work so well. Lovely work.
ikeharel (55094) 2013-11-20 2:05
An amazing photo, of a moment superbly collected.
Kids always play with their eyes, especially when strangers around, they are mostly shy and innocent - and you very well conveyed this on photo.
The big girl made some funny fingers crossings that made other girls loughing, yet she looks as no bad gesture meant to pose.
Lovely taken, adorable, and should be awarded.
One best pic. on TE I ever saw.
dekanski (2869) 2013-11-20 2:18
Great shot, intentionally or unintentionally a great diagonal!!
krzychu30 (15440) 2013-11-20 2:22
Children's curiosity and carelessness are here presented in a really lovely way.
I like your composition and timing conveying well all the features I´ve mentioned.
Have a nice day
holmertz (39337) 2013-11-20 4:53
I love this photo of the giggling and shy and totally nonchalant girls. Their very different expressions create such a lively and interesting picture. I love their artistically braided hair as well. I found African women's and girls' hairstyles very fascinating. The grey and green background is very good too.
In case you are interested in football: my congratulations on Portugal's success yesterday in Sweden. I was totally expected, though :-).
Sergiom (57551) 2013-11-20 5:03
J'aime beaucoup ce beau portrait d'un grand naturel.La pose n'est pas sérieuse et les jeunes filles ont beaucoup de plaisir. J'aime les couleurs vives de leurs vêtements ainsi que le superbe arrière plan.
mohammad_H (9067) 2013-11-20 7:22
شاهکار شما در گرفتن،این شات فوق العاده جذاب
تبریک برای این تصویر جامع و مستند
olive224 (2719) 2013-11-20 8:46
I like the expression of the little girl watching at you and the two laughing ones ;)
Even if the texture of the wall is interesting here, i would perhaps have cropped the left part (to remove the weird blue stuff on the ground) and given more space to the right where the fourth girl is looking at
Well captured though ;)
thebest (4276) 2013-11-20 16:20
This image of these dear children - speaks a million words - shyness - attention - curiosity - embarrassment to name a few - such a wonderful photo - excellent on all levels & I have a beaming smile on my face just looking at this photo.
I love it!!!
worldcitizen (6713) 2013-11-20 18:37
It's so nice to meet some of the people of Senegal through your photos. This is a lovely portrait. The children seem very playful, and I like their colorful clothes. It must have been nice to visit places that most tourists don't see.
jjcordier (75054) 2013-11-20 22:18
Un "portrait de groupe" intéressant qui montre bien le caractère très différent de chacune des fillettes.
SnapRJW (30609) 2013-11-21 6:45
I love the obvious interaction between you and the children Ana, it's a fresh and lively group portrait which shows the emotions of the children as they are unsure as to whether they should hide from you or play to the camera. Natural and lovely! Warm regards Rosemary
chrislo (4151) 2013-11-21 14:24
A spontaneous group portrait of these cute little girls, each one caught in a different posture and expression. Their happiness is just spilling out of the image. Perfect framing and good colours blending quite well with the background. Well spotted and superbly executed.
jcpix (13286) 2013-11-21 15:46
I've missed some really great photos over the last few weeks, and I found myself coming back to this one from your most recent. I love the candid and spontaneous nature of this shot. The expressions and smiles are impossible to resist. :)
What a great look into the people and their personalities, this is truly a beautiful image which is so full of warmth and endearing qualities. Compliments on a terrific photo!
mesutilgim (82120) 2013-11-23 4:28
I wished I could be able to interprete their thoughts !
TFS and have a nice weekend
Romano46 (16586) 2013-11-23 8:21
queste bambine che in parte si vergognano ed in parte si offrono all'obiettivo con senso di sfida sono un bel quadretto che, se osservato con attenzione sono anche la prova dell'evoluzione dei costumi in questo lembo d'Africa.
Mentre le acconciature sono ancore quelle tradizionali l'abbigliamento appare già contaminato dalla presenza di indumenti estranei alle loro tradizioni, ma rimane sempre l'amore per i colori vivaci.
Bella anche la composizione con le bambine che formano un triangolo messo al punto giusto. Straordinaria la nitidezza e la gestione della luce.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
emilbo (22352) 2013-11-23 10:12
C'est plutôt rare de voir autant de réactions différentes. On tourne la tête, on se cache le visage et on reste indifférent. Habituellement les enfants, en nous voyant courent devant la caméra, pour être photographiés et ensuite ils veulent voir la photo. Cette photo est hors de l'ordinaire et très intéressante.
Félicitations!... et bonne fin de semaine,
Cricri (104209) 2013-11-24 1:25
Très jolie petit groupe de petites filles un peu coquine, s'amusant avec la caméra, j'aime leurs sourires et les attitudes si naturels d'enfants, bon cadrage et couleurs
abmdsudi (41936) 2013-11-24 5:14
Really delightful image, those adorable children who are at ease with the camera but still excited about posing. Love the subject and nice mix of expressions captured here. Great comp, balanced off centre and super viewpoint down to their level. I think the contrast to dark tone of the bg really lifts this shot so superbly and focus are fine too. Indeed a joyful shot!! tfs
rigoletto (34231) 2013-11-24 5:29
hi ana. a warm hearted interaction with these kids. they are obviously having fun, a bit shy too. the Wall with green moss is a nice backdrop and it is funny how they spontaneously created a "heroic triangle", mostly found in romantic era paintings.
macjake (54816) 2013-11-24 10:22
a fantastic post for TE.
truly learning about the world and the people around us, this is just great.
its amazing how children will be children no matter what country, not matter what situation they find themselves to be in.
we as adults could learn alot from that ourselves!
love seeing the attire they're wearing too, wonderful photo Ana
ourania (29201) 2013-12-20 8:24
this is a beautiful photo, a very interesting group portrait of children who aren't used neither to strangers nor cameras. I like very much their closeness and the individuality of their reactions. Your photo has marvellous depth and sharpness, you have frozen this spontaneous scene excellently. I like very much the harmonious tones and textures of the surroundings. The direct glance of one of the girls is engaging, the smiles of their other two are for the camera and show the fun they're having with this challenge. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
claudeD (31671) 2013-12-22 7:52
Wonderful picture with a perfect composition and fine sharpness. I like your shot here very much.Excellent contribution to TE.TFS?
With regards from Luxembourg
fabbs99 (16151) 2013-12-25 8:27
Lovely group shot of the kids from Senegal.The one in the middle is shy of your lens.The others are enjoying her company.Very well captured.TFS.
jmdias (53975) 2014-02-09 13:12
crianças são sempre modelos preciosos e estas aqui, a brincar com a câmera, ficaram fantásticas. muito boa a luz e o enquadramento que apanha o grupo todo, com todas as crianças bem naturais e lindas. bem feito.
- Copyright: Ana Dores (adores) (35550)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-27
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/20 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2013-11-20 1:42
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