Photo gallery: children of the world

When I’m on the road, children make some of my best new acquaintances. A foreigner with a backpack is a surefire cure to a dull day, and a crowd of giggling kids will make even the most tired traveler smile.

Take this great shot by Robin Lerner, for example. Two Indian kids being silly, like silly kids everywhere. Sad to say, Robin tells us these children were begging at a bus station. When they realized they weren’t going to get any money, they stayed and goofed off with Robin and his travel companions. Poverty hadn’t dampened their spirit and they had a good time with the foreigners practicing their two words of English: “Hello” and “banana”.

I wonder if they taught Robin any of their language? Kids make great language teachers because swapping vocabulary is a game they never seem to get tired of. Most of my Amharic was taught to me by Ethiopian schoolkids, and I learned a lot of Arabic from kids when I used to work in the Middle East. The fact that my ability in both languages is pretty poor is my fault, not theirs!

Rob’s photo summarizes why children are one of the highlights of travel, especially budget and adventure travel that takes you to places where visitors are an uncommon sight. Check out the gallery below for more images of kids around the world, all taken by the talented photographers in Gadling’s flickr pool, plus a couple of cute shots by my wife, who fell in love with the wonderful children of Ethiopia.

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Photo of the Day (5/07/08)

Last night one of my Moroccan students gave me a long-standing invitation to visit there. “Sure,” I said. “I’d love to.” In the meantime, there are the lovely shots in Gadling’s Flickr photo pool. This one by jonrawlinson is one of those perfect moments where the subject’s head is tilted just right, the lighting creates the right amount of shadow to be interesting and the texture of the background, in this case, the building, looks as if one can touch it.

I wonder what the little girl is making? Each rock was placed carefully in the shape in front of her. Her hand is ready to adjust one more before reaching for another.

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Photo of the Day (1/23/08)

This shot by Kevinlin034 brought to mind a few of my encounters with children when I’ve traveled. Doesn’t this child’s face make you want to make the same face back? Watching kids haul stools and serve food is quite common in family run businesses in Asia. I don’t know if this is a young child who is pulling up a stool for himself, or if he’s been put to work. Someone has just finished lunch. Considering this was taken in Taiwan, I bet it was delicious.

One of the composition qualities I like here is the repetition of red. Notice the line that goes from the stacked stools in the back to the red of the stool in the foreground. The adults in the background aren’t even noticing this scene.

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