Cute Children of the World
By Rebecca Drew
ADORABLE portrait images reveal some of the world’s cutest children who won’t fail to melt your heart.
The charming photographs show smiling children playing an action-packed game of football in Lesotho, proudly holding the flag of Bangladesh and one girl cuddles an equally cute puppy in Brazil.
Other pictures taken as part of a ten-year project to capture traditional lifestyles from around the world show children of Indonesia and Kenya in traditional dress whilst another shot shows four kids playfully peering around a door way in Vietnam whilst holding a toy truck.
The spectacular shots were taken by Australian photographer David Lazar (34) on his travels around the world. To take his images, David used a Nikon D800 camera.
“I was inspired in 2004 after my first travels and was opened up to the kindness of people from other countries and saw the beauty in their culture and lifestyles,” said David.
“Each year after that I would travel for a couple of months and try to create my own portraits and scenes of people living in their landscapes that were different to my familiar urban world.
“Since this collection of photos features the children of the world, I see a collection of faces that are full of character, hope and happiness, each with their own unique story to tell.
“People react emotionally to my photos and feel a sense of connection to the subject in each portrait.
“Hopefully this is conveyed because I treat everyone I photograph respectfully, I try to have fun with them and also I show an interest in them as a person and what they are doing, as my goal is to make the photography an enjoyable experience for all.”
David has taken his photographs as part of an ongoing project over the last ten-years and says that he has had to think of different ways to communicate with the people he photographs when he doesn’t have a guide with him.
“If people don’t speak any English or I’m not with a guide, I can interact with local people on my travels through gesture and facial expressions,” added David.
“I find that humour and a light-hearted manner is the key for connecting with people quickly.
“Knowing a few words in the local language also goes a long way towards breaking the ice in an initial interaction.
“Another approach is to show interest and comment specifically on something about the person, such as what they are doing, wearing, playing or selling.
“Everyone around the world should be considered as equal and although we are all different in some ways, we are really all the same with our desires in life to be happy, healthy and well connected to community, friends and family.
“I also want to show the beauty in places that sometimes people would normally overlook and bring attention to the positive side of humanity.”
For more information see David’s website.