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All Eyes on Little One | by Keoni Cabral
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All Eyes on Little One

Happened across this moment, everyone but the dog was so focused on this little girl. It was a tad surreal, as if all the characters froze for the scene just so I could take this picture. But of course, that's crazy! In fact, I don't think the two men had any connection to mother and child except that they happened to be strolling by, stopping for a second to watch. Nothing special about the composition, it was a quick snap. But I liked that although the point here is simple -- a young girl posing -- the shot is still so full: Older man in baseball cap pushing / holding onto his wheelchair, pauses and turns back to look at girl; Chihuahua staring in opposite direction bracketed by part of the wheelchair frame; adjacent silver haired gentleman holding dog leash oddly straight up in the air rather than loose; mother in heels and mini skirt stooping with camera, purse hanging from elbow + some other fabric from her wrist; little one in white dress and matching white sandals + red socks posing, one foot seeming to be an inch up off the ground in mid-air, colorful rose garden in background + a handful of rose petals that broke free scattered across the cement; the edge of one of Balboa Park's 15 major museums visible across the street sitting on the sprawling site grounds of the 1915 -1916 Panama-California Exposition that eventually gave rise to what is now a much celebrated urban cultural park and local landmark close to the heart of downtown San Diego.

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Taken on June 29, 2004