birthday festival of Lord Ganesh draws millions each September
to honor the elephant-headed Hindu god. An important part of the
celebration is the throwing of colored powder on friends and passersby.
as I was walking down the street photographing the festival, I
spotted a group of young boys. It was obvious that this occasion
was more than a religious festival, but a chance to get carried
away by throwing color on everyone, especially those who tried
to avoid it. As I walked over to photograph them, one boy's demeanor
totally changed. He became very serious, and intently stared into
the lens of my camera. It was obvious that he wanted me to take
his picture, and so I obliged."