Cameraman Carlos Cortes, a film maker and travelled to Ghana in 2015 to make a documentary about Solomon Adufah, an artist returning to his home country from the US.
The picture of Jake, then four, was one of hundreds taken by Cortes while Adufah taught art and creative studies to the children.
In a recent interview with the BBC “I just caught Jake in the moment of his teaching,” Cortes, of Chicago, told the BBC. “He definitely has a pensive look on his face.
The intensity of the picture caused it to go viral after Cortes posted it to his Facebook page, with memes of the little boy causing it get even more traction and ultimately led to a crowdfunding campaign that ended up benefiting a village in South Africa, with over $2,000 pledged to-date.