On Assignment in Trinidad

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Oct. 29, 2011, Carapichaima, Trinidad

While shooting a travel article for The New York Times, I stopped in this town, which has a very large East Indian population. There are Hindu temples and mosques all over, not to mention an 85-foot statue of the Hindu god Hanuman. That night, the town was celebrating Diwali, a Hindu holiday known as the festival of lights. The streets were strewed with Christmas lights, and everyone was out, waving sparklers and offering food to one another. A number of percussive ensembles were set up along the street, but this group of men and boys caught my eye. They were the noisiest, but they played very well together rhythmically. This little boy had such a serious performing face. When he paused for a moment, I snapped this photo. I thought it was cute for such a child to take himself so seriously.

Piotr Redlinski, New York City

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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