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Missionary Micah
18-FEB-2005

Missionary Micah

Ok. I love this picture, because it makes me look like the perfect volunteer, out there chumming it up with my little buddies, building trust and setting a good example.

In truth, I had never seen any of these kids before this picture, and have never seen them since. I went for a walk in Birambo, and made the mistake of passing by a school during playtime. I was mobbed. I mean it got scary. The only thing I could think of to stem the crush of bodies, was to bring out the camera. As soon as I pulled the G2 from my back, the kids stepped back and formed into perfectly framed lines, some kneeling and others pushing in from the sides to ensure they all fit in the frame. It's like Rwandan children are born knowing how to pose for a picture. It's instinctive and they love it. I snapped off several shots, then had somebody take my picture with them. After that I simply stood up, retrieved my camera, and after calmly shaking 40 hands, was on my way.

Brilliant.

Canon PowerShot G2
1/640s f/5.6 at 9.3mm full exif

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Myra Mae04-Jul-2007 16:38
hahahah. amazing story, I almost felt like i was there watching the spectacle.....