Story Behind the Picture – The Skipping Boy

image c/o chuen seng teoh

One thing I like about photography is that it surprises you when you least expect it. You see something with your eyes, it could be an object that moved your heart, a beautiful landscape or an aesthetically pleasing architecture. You begin composing the image and with the camera, capture a few shots of what you see and you move on. One for the archive.

Every once and a while however, something unexpected decides to add to your composition. That is the essence of this picture.

I made this picture in Paris back in 2015 during a photography workshop. On this day, we went to the streets of Paris and capture what we saw. Towards the end of the day, we reached Galerie Vivienne, a lovely shopping gallery built in the 19th century. I loved how romantic the whole place felt, an epitome of Paris really. I took a few shots in the gallery and moved on.

The next day whilst editing the photos, that was when the skipping boy revealed himself. It puts a smile on my face every time I see this picture. It keeps me going, searching for the next skipping boy.

Here’s a closer look.

image c/o chuen seng teoh


Always wear a camera.

– Thorsten von Overgaard

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