I love capturing the expressions of people when they are unaware that I am there with a camera. These children, who live on the edge of the Rio Napo inland from Misahualli, in the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle, are intently watching the removal of a thorn from the finger of a tourist. The small group of tourists have tramped for some hours to visit a local family and learn about how they live and survive in the jungle, but are temporarily distracted by the drama. Now the locals are watching the tourists. The children sit on the steps of their house, about 20 metres from the waters edge. One can always see an older brother or sister looking after the younger children.
My portraits are very photojournalistic in style (there might be some laughter from some people at this point), because I want to capture something of that person, and their life/emotion/being etc, not the relationship between the person and me/my camera. 95% of my portraits the subjects are not looking at the camera. If they are looking towards the camera, I have interrupted what they are doing/thinking, and it all changes.