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Playful by steppeland

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Children from Hosanna – Ethiopia 1992
Copyright © 1992 Steppeland – All rights reserved

This photo of this playful group of children is one of a series photographs that is somehow precious to me.
I made them long ago, 1992, when we travelled to Ethiopia for a meeting. It was only a few years after the war, the poverty was appalling… And these kids… they just allowed me photographing them, with a spontaneity that touched my heart.
Even now, so many years later, I still bow for them, in reverence.

Yes, indeed, it was an incredible experience… one never too forget. And that’s exactly what makes these pics so precious…: the images help me to remember, more lively than my memory ever could…

Unite for children UNICEF

This image was also donated as a contribution to the book For Africa , a coop by 71 involved artists. 100% of profits of this book will go to ACF for East Africa.

Photo made with Pentax ME Super film camera and Pentax-M zoom1:2.8-4 40-80mm lens and Scanned from print
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Redbubble HomePage Feature (Jan. 5, 2012)

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Features and top10 placements
Top10 placement in The Continents, Part I Africa by The World (June 4, 2010)
Featured in Letter C – Alphabet soup (Jan. 22, 2011)
Featured in You big softy (March 7, 2011)
Featured in RB-journal : 50 Breathtaking Examples Of Street Photography And Photojournalism (Aug. 17, 2011)
Featured in Inspired Art (jan. 5, 2012)
Top10 in March Avatar – Candid photographs (Feb. 27 2012)
Featured in "Life in the city… ": (Feb. 28, 2012)
Thank you so much to RB, and to the hosts of these wonderful groups! :)

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See more of my Africa photography
See more of my Ethiopia children

Comments and feedback always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 6 years ago

  • – steppeland

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    What an endearing photo!!!! Beautiful faces and fabulous color!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, dear! <3 – I love this particular pic too – actually it’s one of my favourites, because there is happening so much interaction between the kids and the photographer ;)

    – steppeland

  • Gilly1
    Gilly1almost 6 years ago

    This photo has such a lovely reality to it…It is so nice to see the happiness in the photo…When you know that there is a deep seed of sadness in the country… What an enduring capture!

  • Hi, Gilly. I realise I am very late in responding- I must have missed a few messages here, but I still want to say: thank you for such a lovely comment!

    – steppeland

  • Aimelle
    Aimellealmost 6 years ago

    ohh yes, so spontaneous and full of life and happiness !! a precious picture indeed, even for us looking at it. thank you for sharing… it was a delightful moment !

  • Thanks, my friend! I must have missed some replies here, but I still thank you for this marvellous comment! (hug)n

    – steppeland

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 5 years ago

    Wonderful!!!!! Love this!

  • Thanks a lot, Monica, I love this pic too :) … Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • greenstone
    greenstoneabout 5 years ago

    seriously heartwarming!

  • :D – thank you, my friend!

    – steppeland

  • Pagly4u
    Pagly4uover 4 years ago

    Their Trust and love for you is obvious by the faces…… took happiness to them….Thank you for these Beautiful Pictures and for making the children smile

  • Aww, what a sweet thing to say… thank you so much!

    – steppeland

  • CriscoPhotos
    CriscoPhotosover 4 years ago

  • aww, that’s great! Thank you so much!

    – steppeland

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 4 years ago

    Thanks so VERY much for sharing these photos and your emotions… these children are now in my heart too.

  • Aww, that’s the sweetest comment ever! Thank you so much, Heather!

    – steppeland

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shot Steppeland!! ;-))

  • Aww, thank you so very much, Tatum! I really appreciate. It’s such a dear image to me… :)

    – steppeland

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