Plate 04, 18x27
These youngsters were unique, and the picture does not convey at all what had happened just before the shutter clicked. They were interested in the photo, and they arranged themselves on their own. The two boys who were wearing Keds sneakers took the end positions, I believe, to show their shoes. The boy centered in the back of the group gives such balance to their placement. I was later told that a group of Europeans had come through and had given the boys several gifts, among which were the sneakers.
Bhutan is beautiful, yet very remote. The architecture and the quality of the buildings are unbelievably fine. The way the boys arranged themselves reveals the feeling of harmony and the joy nestled in a rough, tough environment and leads me to reflect on the question, where does our joy and goodness come from, and who gets to keep it?
What part of their inner being allowed them to so set up the shot that it was as well set up as if done by actors at Paramount Studios in Hollywood? Where did the skill come from, for they live in the most remote part of the Earth? They might have felt it, but they would have no way of learning it as a skill.