I've been a photographer for many, many years and nothing brings me greater reward than capturing the encounters between children and the world around them.
Last Friday (May 17), I got yet another chance to record the wonderment that takes place when young people encounter the new and unknown in a safe and secure environment.
The venue was the Landers Center in Southaven and the setting was the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, which ran May 17-19. The circus' theme was "Fully Charged," which easily could have described the children's reaction before, during and after.
I've covered this circus previously, learning to get there early so I can capture the pre-show, when the children – from a few years old to teens – get to interact with some of the best that the circus has to offer. They lend the strong man a hand, dance with clowns, touch the camels and make pals of elephants.
I love the look on their faces and how the kids' enjoyment draw deep smiles from their parents and guardians.
And the circus being the circus, an enduring truth always surfaces – that there is a child-like aspect to all of us.