Fourpela bois ol i stap lo Madang

Ok. It is September. TISM. I think in 2006, when I took this photo with my beloved Oly point and shoot, I kinda knew that PNG was going to change my life. This is one of the first shots that implored me to undertake this retrospective second year.

Here's why.

At the time, I had been in PNG for a few short brief months, at the time trying to get my head around this new culture, this new language, this new world. My boss was coming up from Australia and we were to inspect a whole bunch of new projects and completed works. We had a Sunday free, and it was to be in Madang; the Miami of PNG, where the elderly go to retire. Madang was beautiful and relatively safe. Despite the violence.

I had not been to Madang, but I checked out the street map, and the Lonely Planet Guide and me and my boss had a great time. And it was near some sulphurous blue pools that we met these young lads.

Now up until every stage in Papua New Guinea, every kid has been excited about having their photograph taken and it has been a great way to crack the ice when meeting new people.

Not today.

These boys were resting by the sulphur pool, and I squatted down in front and asked "mi laik kisim piksa long yupela, em orait o nogat?"

To which the older boy on the left, just shrugged...

I took the photo and showed the lads, and they all looked but just shrugged.

C'mon! Where's the excitement, the anticipation?

I walked off feeling a little flat. But I do like this shot.

Photo taken 9 September 2006. Welcome to September. Title reads: Four Boys from Madang.
At least one of them is smiling.
posted September 1st, 2012  
I really like this shot !!!!
posted September 1st, 2012  
@kjarn - I was!

@leexi - Thanks Lexi :)
posted September 1st, 2012  
lol maybe they were too tired.... nice shot though.
posted September 1st, 2012  
Gorgeous.
posted September 1st, 2012  
This is an awesome capture. Of course in Madang there are probably a few cameras around so you wouldn't be as much of a novelty.
posted September 1st, 2012  
@ozziehoffy - perhaps?

@kandernob - Thanks Karen :)

@swilde - I guess, but this was well out of town and even still, tourism isn't massive.
posted September 1st, 2012  
Cool shot!
posted September 1st, 2012  
@mornegrewe - Cheers Morne!
posted September 1st, 2012  
The one on the left smiles exactly like my friend's son. Great shot of kids being their natural selves.
Glad your 'hairy white man charms' developed along with your experience :)
posted September 1st, 2012  
Nat
Gorgeous capture Jason. What I love most though, strangely enough, is the pigeon English titles :)
posted September 1st, 2012  
Most unusual for kids not to want to see the pic. Even taking photos of my nieces 2 takes ages, because after every photo it's "show me" before I can take another!!
posted September 1st, 2012  
Nice shot! I like their different expressions. The one on the right looks like he's trying not to be excited...
posted September 1st, 2012  
At least they let you take the shot - which l like ....with the huts in the background!!
posted September 1st, 2012  
Cool shot
posted September 1st, 2012  
Great photo, and I love the accompanying story. They were probably there to humble you. Happens to me all the time. "Look what I can do!" "Eh, I'm not impressed." Hmmpf! ;)
posted September 1st, 2012  
It's a wonderful environmental portrait, even with their mild apathy.
posted September 1st, 2012  
Beautiful shot and beautiful kids. I wonder why they were sitting on the rocks instead of the grass.
posted September 1st, 2012  
Excellent capture and great range of reactions on their faces.
posted September 1st, 2012  
@filsie65 - maybe that is what it was... I only had a moustache at this stage.

@natr - Tenkyu tru Nat :)

@onie - It was funny using the Holga there recently...

@alia_801 - I think the younger guys on the right are waiting for the Bigger lad to let them be excited!

@michelle58 - Thanks Michelle, I too do like the background.

@abhijit - Thanks.

@hiddencreek - It did feel like that.

@archaeofrog - Thanks Katie :)

@ptowncook - The grass was out in the hot sun, and the rocks here were nice and cool and shady. I was standing almost in the water to get this shot.

@tonydebont - Cheers Tony, thanks.
posted September 1st, 2012  
lovely shot
posted September 2nd, 2012  
@houdiniem - Thanks Emily :)
posted September 2nd, 2012  
Cool shot. I'm surprised they weren't a bit more excited about it, though!
posted September 3rd, 2012  
@cmuir1963 - nah they were just chillun'
posted September 3rd, 2012  
The smallers boys seem to be passive to the older child's persona. It's a great shot, leaves one with more questions than answers.
posted September 4th, 2012  
@michelleyoung - definitely, Big Brother was certainly calling the shots here.
posted September 4th, 2012  
He doesnt look too peeved. Very cute little boys
posted September 7th, 2012  
@palusami - Thanks Tanya :)
posted September 7th, 2012  
at least the left one smiles... ;)
posted September 20th, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - I think the other guys were not sure if they were allowed to smile or not...
posted September 20th, 2012  
They're certainly cute though...
posted September 30th, 2012  
@hellcat - cool little dudes indeed!
posted October 1st, 2012  
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