This image was taken in a rural village in Kaduna state earlier this year.  One thing that I’ve noticed when out and about is how willing young children are to have their photograph taken.  But… When they reach 12 or 13 not so much!

What you can’t see in this image is five of her friends hiding behind the back wall.  All of them kind of wanting me to take a picture but not quite feeling confident enough to pose. They had been pushing each other into the frame for a while.

This girl was the brave one. She still hasn’t quite dealt with her shyness, so much so that she’s hiding her smile.

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