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The Golden Child...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 16 March 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”
~ Albert Schweitzer

God is merciful...this child probably has no idea that there is a life outside of her poverty ridden existence. No wonder she gifted me such a lovely, sweet smile! Can there be anything more generous? Such honor, such courage! She taught me something I shall always remember.

NIKON D800 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 100 70 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fabulous image

16 Mar 2013 7:14am

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Good to see you back Pavan. This is a wonderful image, so joyful!

16 Mar 2013 7:34am

julie from besançon, France

5* Très belle image ! Bravo Pavan. Bonne journée.

16 Mar 2013 8:31am

omid from mashhad, Iran

:) very nice!
very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors & lights!
L O V E L Y !!!!!

16 Mar 2013 8:32am

Devi from Chennai, India

A touching image Pavan...She seems to enjoy what she's doing unaware of the fact that she is losing her childhood,,,,

16 Mar 2013 9:04am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

She is superb with her generous smile, excellent shot Pavan !

16 Mar 2013 10:35am

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

Splendidly golden scene and look of the working child.
Wonderful text.

16 Mar 2013 11:35am

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

And quote...

16 Mar 2013 11:35am

helys from Paris, France

Marvelous smily eyes:)
Great eyes, details, street scene, PoV, framing
Wonderful golden color of the mood
So romantic one

16 Mar 2013 12:23pm

Lydia.Dd from Paris, France

A five stars one ! Wonderful picture !

16 Mar 2013 12:31pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful image ! very moving...and great documentary !

16 Mar 2013 12:53pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Fantastic image, top class 5 stars

16 Mar 2013 2:10pm

Benz World from Australia

Beautiful Photography, Wonderful Colours.

16 Mar 2013 2:28pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A winner image. And love the child's smile and gift to you. Love your presentation, Pavan. :)

16 Mar 2013 4:18pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A magnificent image where the golden light radiates from within this beautiful child and all around her. I love this frame, Pavan !

16 Mar 2013 5:10pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Une image sublime accompagnée d'un texte très émouvant. ***** Bonne journée Pavan.

16 Mar 2013 5:20pm

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Le sourire de l'enfant domine malgré la pauvreté apparente.
Très jolie scène.

16 Mar 2013 5:20pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful portrait! What a gorgeous smile!

16 Mar 2013 5:25pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful image, Pavan . This smile in all these golden tones is nothing but a golden smile ;)

16 Mar 2013 7:30pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

and now I see your - 'Golden Child' title . Yes, just golden little one ;) Beautiful !

16 Mar 2013 7:31pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A brilliant image that reminds us of the resilience of humankind and the injustices that exist. It's also a wonderful golden image of this girl with the sweetest smile.

17 Mar 2013 12:56am

Abena from Illinois, United States

That is gorgeous ! I love what you write below. And it's all true. The golden light, her smile, this is beautiful !

17 Mar 2013 3:51am

Elsaxelle from France

Excellente. La lumière sort cette petite fille de la misère. Elle irradie !

17 Mar 2013 8:55am

Eros from tehran, Iran

This beautiful photo, with amazing choice of quotation and ur gentle words brought tears in my eyes... I love her smile and feel shameful how seriously i take life and how often i stop smiling!

17 Mar 2013 8:59am

L'angevine from Angers, France

je suis en admiration par cette dorure où la lumière rend d'intéressants effets sur sa chevelure aussi

17 Mar 2013 9:15am

Mandar from Kudal, India

Excellent....Heart touching composition....Unforgettable smile...

17 Mar 2013 9:38am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is just a gorgeous shot. Her smile is so genuine.

17 Mar 2013 11:37am

k@ from Paris, France

This is awesome, Pavan ! Such depth... of feelings & emotions, and it also seems the still from a movie, a tale, a dark one illuminated by that gift she offers to you, the one you are able to receive. Big Wow & Thanks ! Masterpiece for me.

17 Mar 2013 11:40am

Basile Pesso from Paris, France

I knew it for the spotlight....Congrats, and let us send her something that can help her.

17 Mar 2013 5:55pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A richly-deserved Spotlight here - a superb image with a haunting narrative.

17 Mar 2013 6:06pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautiful touching photo ... the golden tones are wonderful !!! I like the girls face expression ...
A very well deserved Spotlight ... Congratulations !!!

17 Mar 2013 6:25pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

I'm very happy you got the spotlight with this beautiful scene ! Congratulations !

17 Mar 2013 6:54pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great shot pavan ! Congrats !

17 Mar 2013 7:22pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Congratulation for this Golden Shot on the Spotlight page ;)

17 Mar 2013 7:50pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

17 Mar 2013 7:59pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A wonderful portrait with a luminous smile !!

17 Mar 2013 8:19pm

Pixim from Nice, France

The photo is beautiful, and it's nice to see that highlighted. The subject is moving more, it makes me think that the moments of joy and sharing are not the preserve of a social class, a civilization or whether some adults, but to all children earth ;-)

17 Mar 2013 8:22pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

17 Mar 2013 8:24pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Magnifique scène et lumière dorée!

17 Mar 2013 8:56pm

Babzy from Besançon, France

fantastic shot ! :)

17 Mar 2013 9:41pm

Maria from California, United States

very nice portrait the reflection in the sand and the look in his face...and his hair, too!

17 Mar 2013 10:22pm

Hil from Roma, Italy

Great portrait and colour. Congratulations!

17 Mar 2013 11:03pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

fantastic image...the right title! 5*!

17 Mar 2013 11:10pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight!

18 Mar 2013 12:58am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


18 Mar 2013 2:39am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Lovely spirit!

18 Mar 2013 2:46am

Learning Soul from Bangalore, India

Her smile didn't bring a smile on my face.... only a choking sensation... Congratulations for the strong message that you successfully convey through this pic.

18 Mar 2013 5:09am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

GREAT ....Congratulations on the Spotlight !

18 Mar 2013 6:28am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations on the spotlight! It's very beautiful!

18 Mar 2013 7:51am

parviz Falahatkar from Tehran, Iran

nice mood and great....!
Congratulations on the spotlight

18 Mar 2013 8:47am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Congrats on the well deserved spotlight!

18 Mar 2013 9:58am

Emmeji from France

Ce sourire vaut tout l'or du monde***

18 Mar 2013 10:31am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

very good

18 Mar 2013 2:45pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

"A picture is worth a thousand words." Yours is worth many more than a thousand words, Pavan. I have never expected that a simple image can be so powerful, a little smile be such striking, and a golden tone be that saddening!!!

18 Mar 2013 3:56pm

Furax from France

Oh !!
Fantastic golden shot !!

18 Mar 2013 5:29pm

Truels from Denmark

A golden girl. A golden image. And a golden wisdom to learn from people like her - about an unfair allocation of values ​​in the world.

18 Mar 2013 6:39pm

Francisco from Miami, United States

Love his smile! Beaufiful golden shot!

18 Mar 2013 9:10pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Wonderful image and yes her smile is totally disarming.
Bravo !

18 Mar 2013 9:41pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic photo. Congratulations on Spotlight.

18 Mar 2013 10:51pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Congrats on the spotlight ! Very much so deserved, I love the golden hues.

19 Mar 2013 12:21am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful capture. Congratulations on the Spotlight!

19 Mar 2013 3:58am

Rupesh from kudal, India

Great one sirji , Congratulations on the Spotlight !!!!!

19 Mar 2013 7:45am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

The gold of that smile lights up the landscape!

19 Mar 2013 9:27am

Kazimir from Havirov, Czech Republic

Money is not everything.

19 Mar 2013 11:04am

buntagphoto from Philippines

Wonderful light.

19 Mar 2013 5:48pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What a beautiful smile she has! Great shot Pavan, a well deserved Spotlight, Congratulations.

20 Mar 2013 9:20am

Sarah from Sydney, Australia

This is such a fabulous shot! And what a beautiful smile. I hope her life will not be too unkind. Very touching, Pavan.

21 Mar 2013 2:22am

arneet from delhi, India


21 Mar 2013 5:22pm

noel from Paris, France

beautiful capture of the smiling people and great tones

22 Mar 2013 2:30pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

es una foto sumamente hermosa . al igual que su sonrisa . un hermoso retrato ed esta niña y unas palabras que lodicentodo pero mas nos dice ella con su alegria y hay rostros en nuestras vidas jams se olvidan esta eso de esos casos . gracias Pavan . un abrazo muy grande . Alejandra

22 Mar 2013 5:06pm

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Une photo touchante!
Bisous et bon weekend
Elisa, en Argentina

22 Mar 2013 6:38pm

farNaaz from Iran, Iran

Excellent . I wonder where did you find this and what great you make it . Bravo .

23 Mar 2013 3:30pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

perfect work

28 Mar 2013 7:28am

Nitin from Shanghai, China

This is magical - a truly captivating, enchanting and magical picture. I have dropped by your blog after so long, as with many others, and I feel I've been missing out on so much! I hope you have been well. Many cheers and congrats for this incredible picture. My spotlight picture of the day!

28 Mar 2013 8:09am

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe portrait.

30 Mar 2013 12:55pm

masoud from tehran, Iran


7 Apr 2013 10:33am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great shot, smile & congrats !

13 Apr 2013 4:49pm

maurizio jaya costantino from Trieste, Italy

I feel now, at 65, that I can't loose it
the world around me
recall it to me
every moment
trough aminus3 friends too
thanks Pavan

1 May 2013 10:59am

Alan44 from Saint Nazaire, Loire Atlantique, France

Superbe portrait,la lumière est sublime.

18 May 2013 6:31am

Zsákai Péter from Budapest, Hungary

very good portrait. I like the gold color of this photo.

1 Sep 2018 6:14am

Susy from Allentown, PA, United States

Stunning!!!!! A most beautiful gift she gives!!!!!

7 Jan 2019 3:47am

1/60 second
ISO 100
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