The little rascals........Lachung, N. Sikkim 2007


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The Little Rascals is a series of American comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures. Walking down the streets of Lachung I came across these children and all I could think of was "our gang"......produced by Hal Roach between the years 1922 to1944, it was noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way, as Roach and original director Robert F. McGowan worked to film the unaffected, raw nuances apparent in typical children rather than have them imitate adult acting styles. There was George "Spanky" McFarland, Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, Darla Hood, Eugene "Porky" Lee and Janet Burston.......right there in front of me and 8000 miles from I reflected a bit more on the series, and that Hal Roach rooted Our Gang in real life: the majority of the children were poor, and the gang was often at odds with snobbish "rich kids," officious adults and parents, and other such adversaries. In addition, the series was notable in that the gang included both blacks and females in leading parts at a time when discrimination against both groups was commonplace. I truly wonder, even to this day, what this little gang of Lepcha's have become and where they have gone.....Available as 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 b & w or color photo on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Inkjet Paper, and each photograph or print is personally approved and hand-signed by me, the artist.

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