I've noticed that in several places while travelling to Africa, the view of a white man can be a bit scaring and surely odd for small children; you haven't to be surprised specially if it happen when you are followed and stared by everyone (don't mention if you are handling something "strange" as a camera).
In Kiswahili language and in many Bantu languages of east, central and southern Africa, Muzungu is a word meaning "white person".
The etymology of the word stems from a contraction of words meaning "one who moves around,"(possibly zunguluka, zungusha-meaning to go round and round) and was coined to describe European traders who traveled through East African countries in the 18th century.
The word became synonymous with "white person" because of the traders' complexion. Many rural villages in Tanzania and Kenya are rarely visited by "bazungus", making Caucasian passers-through an odd sight for young people.
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Burberry1 (6041) 2008-10-08 12:59
Wow, wow!!!!! This is soooo damn good!
U captured a very right moment and managed to show the real desperation act!!
The eyes, teardrops and face expression are superBBBBBB!!
My best regards Luca!
tho_ebert (876) 2008-10-08 12:59
A great close up portrait!
I just miss a bit more sharpness on the girls (?!) left eye, don't you think so ?
Msthilai (28) 2008-10-08 13:10
Very good portrait
kyrneucciu (1384) 2008-10-08 13:18
Hi Luca, Quel regard magnifiquement capté bravo une très très belle image. JO
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2008-10-08 15:22
the face is...wowwwwwwwww Excellent moment with lovely blurred background!
faubry (35373) 2008-10-09 0:53
wonderful expression caught Luca, so cute// bravo
jonathan_hart (21270) 2008-10-09 3:34
close and efficient with excellent depth of field, the expressive glance, the tears, pain become beautiful in a photo, strange isn't it ?
bobocortis (15918) 2008-10-09 3:57
Messa a fuoco selettiva molto ben applicata, con effetto di profondità riuscito, e intensità espressiva toccante.
pisces (782) 2008-10-09 7:53
However sad this is still a striking portrait. Love the way the face stands out against the blurry background!
I will join the rest in saying WOW!
Dpbours (222) 2008-10-10 0:06
Reminds me about my story of the white men eating children. Ik Angola, there was a story that white men would eat children that were not nice to their friends and family. So if kids would have been naughty, women would walk up to me to act like they would give it away to the white men to be eaten... Always screaming like mad...
sanguo (117) 2008-11-29 4:42
Devo dire bellissima foto! Ottima la messa a fuoco e tempestivo lo scatto nel cogliere l'espressione del bimbo.
- Copyright: Luca Belis (Mistral) (15402)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-23
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED AF-S VR
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-08 12:50