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With All My Soul…

Strength. Hope. Endurance. Love.

I photograph it everyday.

In the States, it comes in the form of beautiful couples: engagements, weddings and eventually the love produces more than selflessness—but new life in the form of a sweet little child…. Thus- Families.

And today I looked at the sweet families in a village and tried to think how I would capture their spirit and tell their souls’ stories. I’ve seen many different ways that photographs can tell stories, inspire people and raise funds….

But I’ve decided I don’t want to be that photographer that captures hopelessness.

I don’t want to be the one to capture crying faces, desperation, fear and regret.

Though those elements do exist in Calcutta, it’s fair to say they exist in any city in the world….

After all, how could I capture hopelessness, when I know there is hope?

So today I focused on telling their “soul” stories, not their economic status. When I look at Mondal, I see a little boy inundated with joy.  Just giving him a smile makes him laugh and giggle…. (funny faces help too)

Strength. Hope. Endurance. Love.

That’s what I see in Mondal.

That’s what I see in all the little children I met today, and in the sweet young Doctor, Ankit, who treated them.

So today, my journey of discovering how to love God completely, began with capturing the joy He gives…

Joy in the midst of  pain or sorrow, peace that passes all understanding, and strength to sustain us through the most difficult circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:7

“Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.”

 

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