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Point of view: Who's in there?

Kids are one of the great staples of photojournalism. People never seem to tire of the cute, zany, poignant, wondrous photos of the infinite permutations we find in children.

In a perfect world, children would ignore the camera; in reality, most of the time they ham it up in front of the lens. The trick is to get them interested in something besides the photographer (me) or the camera.

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None of my standard ploys seemed to work on these two Polish youngsters from Poznan, 3-year-old Maria Krzycztof and her 4-year-old brother Mateviz. They remained fixated on my camera with the big shiny glass on the front. Consequently, I never did get the shot I'd planned to take of these youngsters. But later, when I looked at the film, I realized that maybe I'd gotten something even better.

Here's lookin' at you, kids.