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Church Fête - young attendees


These three had an outside table to themselves. Talking, eating and drinking. The two girls were on one side of the table and he was sitting on his own, to their left. So I asked if I may join them, to which they replied in the affirmative. After about ten minutes of chatting about life in a rural town, they wanted to know more about the camera. So I took pictures of them separately and then decided to take a group shot. I asked him to move to the middle of the little bench and the ladies to join him on his sides. I asked them to move in closer to him ... After taking the shot, the two girls moved off to get us some pancakes. He looked me in the eye and said: "Thank you sir, that was nice."


Oh, to be so young that one can derive a thrill from such a moment. I remember he and the one girl are both 14 and the other girl is 15.


Have a weekend full of delicious moments.



comments (18)

you are a natural matchmaker Louis... and you got a fantastic smiling portrait of our future...
i think that we will be in good hands....petersmile
Louis: Glad you think so, about the matchmaking smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 4 Sep 2015, 06:08
What a sweet scene - and I like this group photo and their open, natural friendly faces - this is the youth I love and I was busy with during my teacher times.
Louis: Yes, those must have been great times - living out a calling.
This is a really lovely shot of these fresh young people!!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth, I agree that youth is beautiful.
Since g'son Nicholas is 15, I can totally "get" this experience, Louis, having just seen him recently. What beautiful smiles from all three of these very fine examples of S.A. youth! And what a gentleman the boy has already turned out to be!
Louis: Not SA youth, but Namibian youth smile To me they are more an example of rural youth, as opposed to city kids. Still so open.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Sep 2015, 06:45
Fresh faced and happy
Louis: Certainly, sir
Should you go back there in a few years time Louis, you might make the same picture for a happy event...Who knows?
Beautiful portrait.
Louis: Yes, one never knows, Richard.
It must have been his best day ever Louis, the three of them look real charmers.
Louis: Ha, I do think he enjoyed the moment. Advanced one step on the staircase to destiny smile
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 4 Sep 2015, 08:20
That is such a nice story, Louis. He didn't dare suggest it for himself
Louis: We men try our best to learn from these little moments. As you would know, we are shy by nature, when it comes to cross-gender stuff, Lisl
  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 4 Sep 2015, 09:31
Love the narrative, Louis.

Love the smiles, too.
Louis: Thank you Ray. They are nice enough youngsters.
He looks a little red in the face but is obviously loving the close company.
Louis: Positively, revelling in the moment, Mary.
I was 14 once......I never got this lucky grin
Louis: You see, I was not there to assist in an unobtrusive way tongue
Lovely shot of these bright young things Louis. Good for you to make his day. Have a great weekend
Louis: Thank you cornishmaid. I was glad to assist him smile
A great image and a lovely story to go with it Louis.
Louis: Thank you Brian. Life could just get better with more such moments.
And all three saying "cheese" :smile
Louis: Yes, and no need to ask them.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Sep 2015, 08:03
......and many years later you will get a letter in the mail with an invitation for a wedding... the letter will start with, dear sir, do you remember the pancake day at the church???
What a great story and what a great picture. And the boy, I could just kiss him. (you know what I mean)
Louis: That could be a possibility, Astrid. Thanks for the comment.
A wonderful shot of these fresh faced youngsters, Louis. Love how polite the young man was toward you.
Louis: When I was that young, I could never understand why some kids (especially girls) wanted so much to be older.
It's nice to have agreeable subjects...
Louis: I believe there is still a high level of trust among these people. Their parents were around, working or buying at the fête. Nobody (including the subjects) was in the least bit perturbed that I started a conversation with them and took picture. I understand that in the US doing something similar, may end with me in the back of a police car. Pity that life is coming to that.
these genuine smiles are a sign of open and pure thoughts, Louis. well done.
Louis: Thank you Ayush, I thought so too.

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