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So Happy Just to See You Smile | by Thomas Hawk
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So Happy Just to See You Smile

"Take our picture, take our picture" the girl on the left yelled from the slow moving truck in the French Quarter. As I looked over the girl on the right saw me with the camera and turned away while the girl on the left said "take our picture," once again, pushing her friend's face back towards the camera.




I make it a point now to always photograph anyone who asks. Just like there are individuals who are very camera shy there are also individuals who are opposite and even outgoing enough to ask for a photo. When you carry your camera with you everywhere you go every day you end up running into these people sometimes. I love them.


I don't know these girls but I hope that someday they see this photo. They are beautiful.


The girl on the left especially I think embodies the certain kind of joie de vivre that New Orleanians seem to have. Even the ones that are hard hit by life still seem to have this spirt about them. New Orleanians are some of the friendliest people I've ever met.

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Taken on April 28, 2006