This photo that was made in Honduras earlier this year is one of my favorite moments that I have photographed on a trip with Vitamin Angels. I love rivers, and I love places where people hang out in rivers. In Honduras, I was really drawn to all the rivers we were seeing as well as the people I saw spending their time in them.
Christian, 13, and Amy, 5 are neighbors. Christian was the first person I noticed when we visited a school earlier that day. When I saw him, he was in the cafeteria where children were provided meals on school days by Feed the Children, a partner organization of Vitamin Angels. Christian was feeding his little cousin, who was sitting on his lap. I was moved by both his sweetness and the maturity he showed by taking care of his young cousin.
Soon after, I met Amy and noticed her smile. Her mother asked me to photograph her, but during the day when I tried to take pictures of her, she was shy, and maybe tired, and I could not capture her personality in a photo.
At the end of the day, we visited a nearby neighborhood where many of the students lived. As we crossed a little bridge over the river that ran through the community, I looked down and saw Christian and Amy were laughing and waving at me from the water. I think this picture captured the personalities I had witnessed from both children earlier in the day and, universally, the joy of childhood.