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Little stars on Earth

Ata Mohammad Adnan
Little stars on Earth
A child smiles at me

One of my favorite photographers once told me I should never look far to photograph- photographs are everywhere and I should look to tell stories of my family and neighbors. I am fortunate enough to live in such a neighborhood where skyscrapers and little slums co-exist. Over the past four years, I have photographed my neighbors and their way of living, and that has taught me a few things about life.

 

A father & his daughter

A father & his daughter

 

A girl brings in tree branches used as fuel

A girl brings in tree branches used as fuel

 

Kids running back home after school

Kids running back home after school

 

A girl on her way to islamic lessons

A girl on her way to islamic lessons

 

A local cake and banana for breakfast

A local cake and banana for breakfast

 

The taxi driver's son plays inside his dad's taxi

The taxi driver's son plays inside his dad's taxi

The children from the neighborhood slum astonish me, amuse me and teach me about life's little wonders. Most of these kids are unattended by their parents who are busy working as housemaids and construction workers. They are enrolled in free schools and still exist in a world devoid of technology and modernization.

A new member in the family is caressed by others

A new member in the family is caressed by others

 

An injured sparrow was sheltered

An injured sparrow was sheltered

 

In an era where kids around me use gadgets as toys, computer screen as the playing field, these kids play with naturally existing elements like sand and water, where tears and laughter still exist in small bits of life. I will be forever grateful to them for letting me borrow moments of their lives and soul.

 

A shy neighbour who couldnt express her wish to be photographed

A shy neighbour who couldnt express her wish to be photographed

 

A teenage mother holds her newborn child

A teenage mother holds her newborn child

 

Playing together

Playing together

A t-shirt given away to the boy's mother where she works as a house maid

A t-shirt given away to the boy's mother where she works as a house maid

 

Children enjoying in the rain

Children enjoying in the rain

 

Few children collecting leaves and other collectibles

Few children collecting leaves and other collectibles


Ata Mohammad Adnan, 26, is a doctor by profession and a photographer out of passion. He has won few international (including the Sony World Photo Awards'2015) and national awards and has contributed to CNN, BBC, The Telegraph, Daily mail UK and The Daily Star to name a few.

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