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Lives of Hardship
Photograph by Meredith Davenport

Three-year-old Kelly Andrea Correa bathes in a cramped corner of her home in Santo Domingo Sabio, one of Medellín's poor districts. If she follows in her mother's footsteps, she will complete third grade then drop out of school to start working. Chronically high unemployment plagues the neighborhood, where Kelly lives with two siblings and her mother in her grandmother's house. Unable to find a job, Kelly's mother has resorted to working as a prostitute to support her children. In this city ringed by impoverished neighborhoods, it's estimated that over 100,000 children hit the streets daily to earn their households' only income. They typically sell candy, gum, and flowers—items more likely to be bought from children than from adults.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Bounce flash off ceiling


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