Portrait: Golu Goes to School

Golu, 8, plays in a pond in a village in Central India.

During the oppressive midday heat in Central India, a raucous splash in the village pond is what Golu needs after a day at school. But Golu, 8, and 22 other children from his small village aren’t too disappointed when they’re called in to do homework.

Golu and the other students have not always been able to attend school. Several years back, the farmer families in the village were not able to pay the student fees for books and uniforms. The little money they made from their crops would go toward feeding the family. Their children were caught in a cycle of poverty destined to continue possibly for generations. But now, Golu wakes up in the village each morning and heads down a dusty road to his classes because Central India Christian Mission helps with the funds needed for books and uniforms.

Here’s a link in case you would like to help other children: CICM
Photo Copyright ©Gary S. Chapman

Thoughts and Technical: Normally I shoot portraits with shorter lenses, my preference being 35mm, 50mm or 85mm. But in this case, the reach of the 200mm kept both me and my camera dry with the splashing of the exuberant kids. I also only had a few minutes to shoot so the fun, non-threatening environment of the pond helped Golu and the other kids feel comfortable with a stranger. Nikon D4 with a 70-200mm 2.8 at 200mm, 160 ISO, f2.8, 1/1600 sec.

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