CUTLINE: Emily Reveal, 5, center, of Nashua looks on to see a puppet show performed Saturday, Oct. 18 in Greeley Park. Hundreds came out to support Children’s Day/Lights On After School event. This year marked the fifth annual Lights on After School which promotes after school activities in conjunction with the first annual Children’s Day. Children’s Day was created by Samita Mohanasundaram, a junior at Nashua High School North, who initiated the day as a way to recognize, inspire and educate children. She is currently working to approve it as a national holiday.
TECH SPECS: f/1.4, 1/2700, ISO 100, 24mm
THOUGHTS: Everything was rolling visually. I felt “in the zone.” I had already gotten some safe shots before this shot, so I decided to see what would come of kids watching a puppet show. I planted myself near them and scooted closer as the show went on. Initially, they stared at me but after about 30 seconds, soon lost interest.
Would I have liked to incorporate the puppets? You bet. However, after seeing no reaction, I was about to give up hope until this little girl in the back, clinging her fingers to the edge of her mouth became excited at the end and smiled in a soft subtle way. The supporting children helped add to the frame. I knew I had something after I shot it and thought it looked more soulful in black and white. The tones really set this ethereal mood for a cherub-like child.
Afterward, being a responsible photojournalist, I talked with the mother and asked for her name. The mother, being a concerned parent, asked for identification. I showed it to her and was on my merry way.
I love children. I learn a lot from them the more I am around them. They remind me of the simple pleasures in life. I love them as Heavenly Father views me as his child. I respect them and honor them. Why? Because they are more perfect than me. I say that in the sense that they came from Heavenly Father more recently than me, they are perfect and are free from sin. Whenever, I photograph children I always think of the scripture from the Bible…
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3
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