garden portrait

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD / KASHMIR - As I travel around the world on various assignments, I never tire of taking photos of children. Not only are they so picturesque as only children can be, but they also represent a hope in them that can’t be found in any other type of images. In their joys and in their despair, in their riches and in their poverty, my heart goes out to them. I want to lift them up to the word and shout, “Look, this is the future! The future is in their hands!” I sometimes wonder, though, what kind of future will they have … These three boys at the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar, Kashmir, decide to beat the heat by stripping naked and cooling off in the garden’s famous fountains. Kashmir is a disputed territory, with both India and Pakistan claiming it. Many in Kashmir, however, would love to be independent of either. Living there can be dangerous, with a lot of military activity taking place. Who knows what the future holds for these three boys, but at he moment life seems pretty good in their young innocence. 

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Fat sparrows everywhere by Dragan Todorović