Children of Soweto

I’ve been on a trip over 8000 miles away from home visiting one of my favorite places, South Africa. Though I’ve been twice to Cape Town, I had not yet had the pleasure of a stay in Johannesburg. While there, I took a tour of the township of Soweto, the site of a major Apartheid-era uprising among schoolchildren.

There you can find wealthy and middle class homes right near the tiny shacks of the poorer sections. The people of Motsoaledi allowed us tourists to visit them in their homes. I was very torn about such a tour as it felt as though we were intruding and treating them as if they were an attraction in the zoo. Yet the people were so welcoming and the tours did provide some financial help for the community.

But the kids! The kids reacted to my camera as if it were magnetic. They swarmed to have their pictures taken, as long as I showed them the image on the LCD screen afterwards.

Here are a few captures:

Check out the full gallery: Children of Soweto

  • Kelsey Anderson - These are wonderful images!ReplyCancel

    • Liana - Thanks, Kelsey! And thanks for visiting.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Flores - Great captures! The little boy with the scar seems angry 🙁ReplyCancel

    • Liana - I think he was adopting a hard/gangsta pose because he certainly was clamoring to be in the picture. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Q - They are so sweet!ReplyCancel

    • Liana - They were great kids, but such poverty. It just broke my heart. I gave the girl in most of the photos 50R and she bought treats for all the kids to share.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa M. - I love that they wanted to see the shots after posing! Great job!ReplyCancel

    • Liana - It was such a special treat for them! You should have seen the horde of kids who swarmed me in Cape Town! So many kept jumping into the shots that many have a lot of OOF kids in the foreground.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Campbell - These are amazing. Such great expressions and emotion! It must have been an amazing trip.ReplyCancel

    • Liana - Thank you! It was indeed a great trip. I cannot wait to return.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn D, - These are beautiful. It is amazing how much a photograph can speak, even though there aren’t any words. I bet it was an amazing trip.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - These are amazing captures. You can just see the emotion and personality in each of them.ReplyCancel

  • Christy F - This post is so moving, and great images to boot!ReplyCancel

  • sqpeggy - I love these photos! So expressive- those eyes in the last one are totally hypnotizing. And in the second one down, the look on that boy’s face on the far right is great– actually the evolution of his expressions is also interesting: first he’s in the background, then he’s closer but not sure about that punchy kid, then he decides to stay but he keeps his guard up. It tells a story.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa K - Gorgeous captures, and gorgeous children!ReplyCancel

  • Annie Pennington - What an amazing opoortunity to travel and get to photograph these wonderful children. Beautiful work!!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - I love these. Truly tells a story. Love!ReplyCancel

  • monica - These are such moving shots. The kids all have such soulful eyes!!ReplyCancel

  • JennyO - I love these images. As Monica said above me, they are very moving.ReplyCancel

  • Becca - I adore every single one of these pictures! What beautiful shots and beautiful kids 🙂 I love your site too!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Oh they are beautiful, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Oh, these are just amazing. I love the depth the images have, excellent work!ReplyCancel

  • Brun - I am from South Africa! (Home language Afrikaans) These are really good, the little bit of a chocolate colour works really well with these photos, almost a journalistic feel.ReplyCancel

  • Hilary - What an incredible journey!!! Stunning images!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Topping - Beautiful photos! I’ve always wanted to visit South Africa.ReplyCancel

  • Jen P. - Fantastic captures! Amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberlee - These are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • tanja - great images! yet so sad and disturbing! I think we in the US (and any other western country) forget all to quick how many children are in need and povertyReplyCancel

  • Stacey M - This sounds like it was an amazing experience for you. To see and meet resilient children of the world. Their faces are just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Lauren - Amazing captures and opportunity to be surrounded by such sweethearts, really love the 4th one!ReplyCancel

  • Neeroc - They are so beautiful! Wonderful eye Liana.ReplyCancel

  • shannon - these are really wonderful!ReplyCancel

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