Curiosity and delight.

by Paula Wallis January. 11, 2018 1007 views

Everywhere we visited in Uganda was photographic eye-candy and it got to the point where you had to force yourself to put the damn camera down and give your mind a bit of a break from it all. It was a bit overwhelming. But in the best way possible.

Of course everywhere we went we met all these gorgeous kids who were absolutely ecstatic to meet us and have their photo taken (we always asked permission, preferably from their parents if they were nearby, which wasn't always the case).

And the number one travel photography etiquette rule (after asking permission) is to show your subject what you got! This never got old, watching the delight on the children's faces when they saw the photos of themselves. Makes me smile now just remembering it:)

This stop was in a little village on our way to a small cheese factory, which is a bit unusual in Uganda, as cheese is not one of their traditional diet staples. But they are experiencing some success with exporting it, and some locals are coming around to giving it a try.

The mini-bus we were on just couldn't navigate the extreme potholes, washouts, and just generally un-driveable conditions that led to the factory, so we opted to get out and walk the rest of the way through the village to the factory.

We were so glad we did, as we soon had a mob of small children tagging along, mugging for the camera and grabbing for our hands to hold while we walked. The photographer in this photo is our Team Leader (and co-founder of The Giving Lens), Colby Brown, and he has some sort of magic mojo with kids. They just flocked to him everywhere we went. Here he is showing the kids some shots he had taken of them and you can just see the pure joy on their little faces:)

Colby and the kids

Colby and the kids

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 10 months ago

Story telling picture in every aspect!

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Paula Wallis Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Sigrid:)

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Dawn Hester 2 years, 10 months ago

WOW this is wonderful. Love the facial expressions on the children faces. Great job!

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Paula Wallis Replied to Dawn Hester 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Dawn:) Such a great trip!

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Nicole Bausman 2 years, 10 months ago

What a beautiful picture! How long were you in Uganda for, and how was the cheese factory?

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Paula Wallis Replied to Nicole Bausman 2 years, 10 months ago

Only for 3 weeks. I went with The Giving Lens, who works with local NGO's and does photography workshops with underprivileged kids - I went to Cambodia with them in 2013 as well. Such amazing trips! 
And I discovered that Ugandan cheese is not so much to my taste (I'm a huge cheese fan) but perhaps it would grow on me if I were to sample a bit more? ;-) It was interesting to see them at work though, it's a very small factory and everything is done by hand - it was quite rustic.

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Nicole Bausman Replied to Paula Wallis 2 years, 10 months ago

That sounds like it would have been a lot of fun, working with kids is a blast. I can only wonder at the differences in culture. Meeting people from around the world and getting to experience what excites them or what they find interesting always makes me look at things differently. I myself am a cheese lover so that sounds incredible.

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