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Boys Will be Boys ...... - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I love it when children are like children, like the ones that chase bubbles with all their lives. What I didn’t realize is that boys will be boys and stay that way for a long time. I had this epiphany while in Arezzo, Italy for its Giostra del Saracino. Over there, I got to observe them doing what they do best.

Boys play:

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Drumming-Boy-in-Front-of-Chiesa-di-San-Domenico-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Boys fight:

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Flagwavers-Practice-Fighting-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Boys would be playing to fight:

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Team-Porta-del-Foro-Getting-Ready-Giostra-del-Saracino-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

It seems that they each have a boy in their ever-maturing human bodies, rent free. What I need help figuring out is, at what point, the boy gets evicted. Or does he ever? I mean, do you see a boy lurking underneath this gentleman’s skin?

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Old-Gentleman-Reading-Newspaper-in-the-Middle-of-Street-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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A Crowd Pleaser, or ... - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I may be biased.  But I think my Assistante carries a certain energy that makes people like him.  

In a country that's hostile to cameras, and people with cameras (see my other post "I Had People Framed in Morocco"), having a certain number of people turn a smiley face to him was still quite a scene.  I had to quickly take that moment as a photographic proof.  Or, was I quick enough?  I think one kid caught me.   

Don't ask what happened next.  Just know that we made it back home in one piece. :-)

Question to you: Is it his royal aura that made these boys smile/laugh?

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Children-Laughing-at-Tourist-Chefchaouen-Morocco-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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I Had a Henri Cartier-Bresson Moment in Morocco - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

It happened in the "blue city" of Morocco and the story started with a cat, a cat that seemed to be doing yoga.  Most cats we met in Morocco were frantic, always running away, missing one eye or a part of ear and wearing scars on their faces.  In other words, I'm not impressed with them.  

So this day, when I met thy cat in the alley of one street, cleaning herself with the most difficult poses imaginable, I took an interest in her and started photographing her.  And then, bang, a boy come running in my direction...  

El fin.  

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Boy-and-Cat-in-the-Alley-Chefchaouen-Morocco-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography-Verticle

Visually, this image instantly reminded me of an image of Henri Cartier-Bresson that was made in Siphnos, Greece, 1961.  What do you think?

P.S. In case you are interested, here's some bonus reading about Henri Cartier-Bresson's approach to his famous "decisive moments":

 ... "he began by picking a background that already seemed interesting to him because of its texture, geometric structure or accumulated images and signs, something he defined as ‘screen’. Then he waited for children or passers-by to come along and find their place in this layout of forms, which he described as 'instant coalition'". - 
"Learn” Serendipity for More Compelling Photos by Nadia Gric.
 

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