photo credit: Ellespeth’s Friend
Nothing was more important to the gangle of boys than soccer. With much complaint, they allowed me to take a picture without one or two having his foot on a ball. I agree to take pictures of a game in action, then present each boy with a copy.
Soccer is the ambassador to the world. All kids need is space and a ball. The million trials billions of children go through, yet laughter rings through tragic places.
The original project: to photograph the faces of children mired in poverty; war; lack of resources and education; ethnic cleansing and more for a non-profit organization. When I met those boys on the beach, I knew my mission had changed.
A tsunami swept their village into the sea. No survivors. But they live on in my photographs – a monument to the triumph of children in the worst conditions to still play games.
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (ffaw).
* is a reference to a film, “Bend it Like Beckham.” A daughter of a traditional Indian family living in London dreams of playing professional soccer, and “bending it like Beckham”, her favourite soccer player.