It’s a given that kids will most likely ambush a photographer and strike a pose in front of the camera.  That’s how it has always been for me since I’ve started taking pictures of my neighborhood.  And almost every time that happens I will humor them and take a photo or two just to get them off my back, without ever having the intention of giving it a second look.  The main reason for that is my dislike for the “pogi pose” which comes very naturally to them.  “Pogi” is Filipino for handsome.

kids on a tricycle

So I set out taking photos of children again as most of the adults were smart to hide from the midday sun.  This overgrown kid with a fancy camera just happens to be too dense to walk along the streets bareheaded without any sunscreen.

little boys from the neighborhood

I might be mistaken but I think I’ve read somewhere that the legendary documentary photographer Steve McCurry had in some ways influenced the surrounding environment to get the shot he wanted of the Afghan girl, the photo of which became an iconic image featured in National Geographic.  If he had to interact with his subjects to get the shot he wanted, then what’s keeping me from doing the same?

kids minding a junk shop selling motorcycle and generator parts

So I told the kids that they’ll grow horns and big ears if they continue doing the pogi pose.  I sure scared them that they quit their posturing right away.

three neighborhood boys on the sidewalk

I think they look much better this way.


21 thoughts on “posers

  1. Ah, yes. I hate how a lot of children do cheesy poses for the camera. And with teenagers, you get plenty of corny hip hop posturing. For these two groups, candid photography seems to work better. Or you have to interact in a way that breaks down their initial reaction to your camera.

  2. Love the way you have captured the essence of childhood in the photo with kids. I am learning so much about street photography by just looking at your pictures…fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  3. your photographs are beautiful, particularly the first two. I love how the Coca Cola sign crops up everywhere: I recently went to Mexico and in the most rural and remote places I managed to capture local children surrounding Coca Cola stands in many a place. They love it!

    • I love those Coca Cola signs. They have been around since I was a kid over 3 decades ago. My uncle operated a cafe and they had red colored benches with all the backrests painted with the coca cola logo. And I love their slogan too “Have a coke and a smile!”.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  4. really love being a kid like this.great shots!.I didnt try to take photos in street photography ,maybe i will someday…Continue my friend…..MABUHAY ang PINOY…

  5. Very nice shoots, it reminds me my last trip to Madagascar! it’s so rewarding to photograph the children in these countries.. I just prepared a photo exhibition…good luck and enjoy! (sorry for my english but i’m french ;-))

  6. Your images are breathtaking. I’ve really enjoyed looking through them and find them incredibly inspiring. I have nominated you for the one lovely blog award and very inspiring blogger award.
    Here are the award rules. Great work!

    *Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

    *Share 7 things about yourself

    *Nominate 15 bloggers you admire

    *Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

  7. Brilliant ! can’t help smiling . Nice shots and an incredible sense of humor:) love these kids. thank you once again. free ad for Coke.

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