A child’s sweet smile

A child's smile © Jojie Alcantara

A child's smile © Jojie Alcantara

“Children keep us in check. Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening. Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world. They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind.” ~ Queen Rania of Jordan

When I chanced upon this child in the remote coastal shore of Tabina (Zamboanga del Sur), he had his back to me, sitting on a log, looking somewhat forlornly at the distant horizon.

Child in Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur  © Jojie Alcantara

Child in Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur © Jojie Alcantara

I started taking photos, and he turned to look at me.  I gazed into the most soulful eyes I have ever seen you can imagine.  Though he wasn’t exactly sad or lonely, you would want to wish a better future for him.

A child in Tabina, Zambo Sur  © Jojie Alcantara

A child in Tabina, Zambo Sur © Jojie Alcantara

Eventually, I was able to coax him into smiling, and it transformed him so much.  Nothing warms the heart more than when you are able to make a child smile for the smallest of reasons.

More on the art of child photography soon.

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