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instant garlands from water lilies…

My ex student Mounika now studying for college asks me to come out with her and help her take better photographs one Sunday, i miss her in my classes (she’s a brilliant artist) so i am happy to have her come along, also if i go into the villages with any of my kids from school, it’s always a different experience…

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We go to Ajjampudi, about half a km walk from the orphanage. Mounika is Hindu and wants us to go into the temple…the priest insists on making a small ceremony (a puja)  for us, none of which i can film…darn it…but i emerge with a spot of vermilion pigment on my forehead and half a coconut in my hand as a memento. A (not tame) monkey observes us from the outside…

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As ever a group of kids start to follow, some of them are village kids from my class…

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They are mad keen to be photographed and even though i beg them not to they jump into water to swim and show off, climb walls, dive for water lilies…

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This little group of kids are all brothers and sisters…and they live in a ramshackle hut with no windows and no doors…with elderly grandparents…

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the boys show me how to make instant necklace garlands from the water lilies…

walking to gannavaram…

Am back in India, back to Andhra Pradesh and the orphanage and school where i run creative labs for kids and young people…for the third year now…. Right now am overwhelmed by jet-lag and that now familiar fierce heat and humidity that prevails. This year i am really pushing computers (creatively of course!) and especially to the girls in my class, but more of that later, right now i have a few days to acclimatise and to plan my classes…

…i walk to Gannavaram, it’s the nearest town about 5 or 6 km away, i go with a volunteer who is treating 8 small boys to an outing.

they were sitting like that – mirror poses of one another…the stall belongs to the lady in blue…

We walk in fierce heat and are mindful of the monkeys, buffalo, auto-rickshaws, lorries, buses, motorbikes…we are in the countryside but this is Indian countryside and there are a LOT of people around…

requested portrait…yay!

time to head home…

Sun is getting lower, we have an hour of walking ahead of us…and i don’t fancy doing it in the dark (around 6pm here)…so we head home.