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This is the second in the series on children of this brick kiln on the outskirts of Calcutta. While their parents are hard at work hauling bricks, digging silt, and making bricks, their yound children who are less than approximately 8 or nine years old have the whole day to play by themselves. Here I found them pretending to be a priest who performs holy rights by spreading flowers and holy water of the ganges. The kids had pasted red soil on their faces, just as a priest might paint lines of sandle wood paste on his forehead. [Where did they see the priest? Might they have visited the nearby temple? Or did they see a wedding ceremony performed within the past few weeks?] These adorable children were chanting something unintelligible that sounded like Sanskrit incantation, but instead of flowers and holy water they kept spreading dust made of broken bricks. Where would they find flower petals in an infernal brick kiln?

Yes, I know about the dog's snout, but it was impossible to keep it in the frame, yet keep the background man and have both kids' feet synchronized. And of course the bird would be gone in a moment. So I opted to obscure the snout. How terribly stupid of me!
[Tri-X exposed at 100ASA, pull-processed 1.5 stops]

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