His reputation
came from photographing
children at play
in parks, pastures, windows
and school yards.
Or at work
on farms with animals.

He did so from a distance
with a professional grade zoom lens.
Odd angles illustrated
the difficulty of remaining unseen,
thus the observer
not influencing the observed.

It was rumored he planned
to build blinds
like nature photographers
but the children
are not so innocent
to misinterpret
new structures.

He preferred places
off the grid
in first world nations
whether the lack of electricity
and running water
was geographic, political
or extreme poverty.

His photos exposed
blameless lives
at rest and at play,
making the best
of circumstances
with indomitable

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