Day 10~ April 10th~ Congo

her 'Sunday Best'

It was a Sunday morning in Goma and we had spent the early morning in the medical center meeting and photographing refugee children. The children and their parents had nothing but rags on, some had bandages, very tired faces and exhausted smiles.

And then driving back on the black volcanic streets of the city I was startled to see this beautiful girl. She was immaculately styled as she crouched there playing with dry reeds on the ground and waiting for her parents to walk together to church.

The best moments in photography are the ones that just happen when everything comes together without much planning and I love this photograph for just that fact.

22 thoughts on “Day 10~ April 10th~ Congo

  1. She has a very beautiful dress. At first glance I was wondering why does she wear such a beautiful dress, after reading I know that she is going to Church. No wonder she dressed up beautifully . Good photo I must say.

  2. HI,
    This is definitely a lot different than the other photos of the children that you have shown, she is so very clean and tidy, obviously her parents are well off. I can’t get over the red hair, is her hair dyed? It just seems so unusual.

  3. Mimo, that photo is definitely striking and eye-catching! It does NOT spell destitution, nor a hand-to-mouth existence. The picture brings to my mind the adage that “things are not always what they appear to be”. (thumbs up, Mimo) :-)

  4. not to mention the tones and color here are so perfect.. any idea what film you were using at the time? This must’ve been towards sunset because the lighting and everything turned out fantastic, beautiful portrait

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