Children almost always provide amazing portrait opportunities. They never hold anything back — I don’t think they know how to! — which can usually result in some real honest and authentic expression in photos.
One fine september day of last year I happened to stumble upon hip hop festival called “Alfaro Vive,” a most awesome concert series in homage to all things Quito Hip Hop held in the historic center of the city each year. La Plaza de Santo Domingo was packed. Music was bumpin’ loud. And the party people were even louder.
I was originally drawn to Miguel, the breakdancer pictured in the last 4 photos, who was killin’ it dancing, laying down all sorts of power moves and spins — great for freeze motion shots. But then out of nowhere came these little “guaguitas” who and more or less stole the show away from the breakdancing. I couldn’t help but not to shoot them. My favorite is the third photo in which “la guaguita,” the little girl is throwing me a peace sign and that cheeky grin.
Leccion del Día:
That unfamiliar word you see in the headline of this post “Guagua” (pronounced like “wa – wa”) is originally a Quichua word meaning “kids or children,” that throughout the years has incorporated itself into the daily speech of Ecuadorians. Quichua was the major language of the Incas, and today is one of the most widely spoken indigenous languages in Ecuador, as well as Perú and Bolivia (alhough called “Quechua” in the latter countries.)