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Photographer's Note

I know this is a typical cute kid shot, but I liked it for two reasons. First, in every small town and village that we went to in Tanzania, we were surrounded by kids who were fascinated with us. Most of them were very curious, but very shy. Inevitably, though, there would be one boy, usually about 10 or 11 years old, who was brave enough to approach us and drag his friends along with him. It's fairly obvious that in this case it's the boy in the back row. Secondly, there's a good learning-about-the-world-through- photography story. Mikandani is a small town in the south of Tanzania. In the heyday of the Swahili empire, it was a major port city, but now the port has moved to Mtwara (about 10 km to the south), and the town has deteriorated. But, because it still maintains some examples of classic Swahili architecture, there are a couple of pictures of the town in the Tanzania Lonely Planet. By the end of a few hours in this town, I had a load of people (mostly kids, but some adults) surrounding me, passing the LP around. They were amazed to see photos of their town along side such famous places Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Zanzibar.

On the techical aspect: I scanned the photo and made the auto-adjustments. The boys' faces were very dark, so I did a contrast mask (my first one!).

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