In exchange for the families hospitality, I supplied a laptop so they (and the rest of the town) could watch DVDs, and was a celebrity photographer around the village. This was quiet challenging, as I generally hate set up photos, posed portraits, etc. I like to capture what is there and is natural, which becomes difficult when 6 children follow you down the road. Here are the most natural images I could find.
|Bolonia, 9 (I think). One of the young girls in the family whom I lived with.|
|In a very patriarchal society women are left to cook, clean, bear children, etc. Nona, 12, sweeps the ground in the morning.|
|A young boy, party of my entourage of 30, joining me in a walk to the river.|
|A local boy joining me on my walk to the river.|
|Newly born twins in a traditional Timorese house.|
|It was rice season in the area. Fields are harvested and then burnt.|
|Martial arts are popular amongst young boys in Timor Leste. Karate, Taekwondo, as well as local styles are popular and clubs have been set up to accommodate it.|
|I think I quickly became a bit of a distraction.|
|An old lady spreads coffee beans out with a stick in order to dry them. I am pretty sure this was just her personal stash. Everyone in Timor drinks coffee. I saw a father feeding his 3 or 4 year old coffee.|
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