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"Mario" by Lewis Escano

Alicia Hansen - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

By Lewis Escano

Through my photography, I love to tell stories and capture moments;  show the little details and the joys in life. Photography opens my eyes to the world around me. For example, the following story of Mario:

I went to Honduras during the summer of 2010. I met a little kid named Mario who lived across the street from where I was staying. It turned out he was an orphan. He liked my hair. I have what you might call big hair. He didn’t speak at all. He also didn’t know what a camera was, so I let him play with it and look through the viewfinder. He took a picture of me and then when he saw it on the back of the camera, he just looked at it and then back at me and then back at the camera. He didn’t know what had happened.

After that, I went every day to play with him. I photographed him every day. I also tried to get him to talk. I bought him a ball and some chips, and slowly he started to trust me. A week before I was supposed to leave, he talked! He said “bye” to me when I was leaving his house.

This made me want to pursue my interest in photography to tell stories and help others.




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