Swaziland (39 pictures)
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Jon Courtney
Registered: May 14, 2007
Total Posts: 526
Country: Canada

Had the opportunity once again to lead a team of 22 people to work in rural Swaziland helping to develop a "care point" which is a central place that children from the community come to for meals, pre-school education and mentorship. These care points are started and run by "go go's" which are women in the area that give up their time every day to cook for and feed the children of the community. They are truly amazing.

We were there this year installing a state-of-the-art irrigation system that will allow them to grow their own vegetables, beans and fruit to help become more self-sustainable. The children are beautiful and full of joy even though the stories behind each of them are unbelievably difficult....stuff no one should have to go through.

I'm sharing a few of my favourites (its hard to narrow them down :-) and I'm always open for C&C although I know I've posted a few too many to make that easy. Thanks for looking!
Jon

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JoshuaD.FOTO
Registered: Jul 28, 2011
Total Posts: 244
Country: United States

These are awesome! thanks for sharing! it's good to see those we perceive as less fortunate in such good spirits, especially the little ones. This is just 'life' to them and I am sure that they were incredibly thankful for what you all have done. I commend you and God bless!

They are all very well executed but I especially like #10 and the different perspective it offers!



Sharona
Registered: Dec 02, 2005
Total Posts: 2342
Country: United States

WOWZA! I agree with the above, although I cannot possibly name a favorite. Beautiful photos and good on you for the work being done on behalf of these kids. African children have an amazing spirit. Almost brings tears to my eyes!

Sharon



Langran
Registered: Jan 14, 2009
Total Posts: 565
Country: United Kingdom

Awesome set, nice processing and a lot of the images feel like they're part of a narrative which is always a bonus



benee
Registered: Nov 28, 2007
Total Posts: 1664
Country: United States

I like the balance of portraits and more documentary work. Really strong work and consistent processing.



Bill Gass
Registered: Feb 09, 2006
Total Posts: 3810
Country: United States

Very KOOL, keep up the great work.



fstop212
Registered: Jul 30, 2004
Total Posts: 3072
Country: United States

There are NOT a few too many. In fact, to little. These photographs are so amazing. The emotion you've captured in all of them is priceless. Each one made my smile grow wider and wider. Every time the media portrays an area such as this, they NEVER show the happiness you portrayed here. Maybe if they did, people would be more generous. These are so amazing, and you and your people are even more amazing for doing this.



goosemang
Registered: Oct 21, 2011
Total Posts: 1475
Country: United States

i've gotta tell you, you've made a cynical, cranky photographer smile. and i agree with benee that it's a great mix of portraiture and documentary. some really nice stuff... the kind of portraits that make you want to just look into the other persons eyes. and i really like that lead in shot with the tractor smack in the center.

thanks for posting these



Big Appa
Registered: Sep 23, 2005
Total Posts: 995
Country: United States

One word

CHARMING!



neighbourboy
Registered: Dec 09, 2005
Total Posts: 2612
Country: United States

Fantastic series.

The only thing that was missing for me, was that we didn't get to see part of the story. Of course you were probably too busy actually working and building the irrigation system, but it would have been cool if you had been able to document more of that piece.

--David



jrrhodes
Registered: May 29, 2008
Total Posts: 958
Country: United States

Wow this is a great series. The expressions are fantastic and this makes me want to do this one day. I love the consistency of the exposures and the colors are great.

J.R.



joonrhee
Registered: Aug 25, 2009
Total Posts: 256
Country: United States

Wow, great series! Pictures are very nice and love the processing as well.



knox
Registered: Aug 27, 2003
Total Posts: 564
Country: United States

Jon . . truly, some great shots here! This is what photography is all about!



fredv
Registered: Apr 13, 2005
Total Posts: 836
Country: United States

simply wonderful...... THANKS!



vilimo
Registered: Sep 26, 2005
Total Posts: 897
Country: United States

These are BEAUTIFUL!!! All of them are great!!!



sachman
Registered: Jul 05, 2007
Total Posts: 717
Country: Australia

These are outstanding, great to see so many smiles!



lsanto
Registered: Mar 25, 2010
Total Posts: 15
Country: Brazil

These images are really moving. # 19 is fantastic. Stunning work. God bless you.



Jonathan Huynh
Registered: May 01, 2003
Total Posts: 8471
Country: United States

Fantastic shot. I Like seeing these images. Thank for sharing.



Libert
Registered: Feb 07, 2006
Total Posts: 107
Country: Canada

Great captures!



bruceali
Registered: Nov 10, 2005
Total Posts: 1330
Country: United States

Great work! and you have some gems there!



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