Lajja (लज्जा)

About a month ago I was shooting in the villages of UP where the little children were always eager to have me point my lens in their direction. Young girls however usually are very shy of being photographed and don't always look straight at the camera as many of you might have discovered, they tend to be shy. At times this tends to be rather frustrating because when you see something and begin raising your camera all at once the face will turn or hide, but when you can find some one who will give you more than a second to take the shot you are often rewarded with something that makes up for all the runaways. Lajja is the Hindi word for feeling shy.

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