This is a Berber woman from the southern region of Tunisia. She lives in houses dug into the ground. A central courtyard is dug about 6m deep and then the rooms are tunnelled out from the sides.Inside the rooms have domed roofs and are very cool and insulated from the heat of the desert. This lady has the traditional tattoo on her chin for married women.
This region became popular when they chose to film Star Wars here.
Scanned from print. I have converted a version to black and white in the workshop because I was unsure of which one looked better.
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cobbydale (1958) 2007-03-10 13:12
Fascinating portrait Wanda - excellent composition and lots of good colours. Interesting note too.
Silvio1953 (152907) 2007-03-10 13:14
Hi Wanda, wonderful portrait of this old berber woman with splendid dress, great colors, excellent composition, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio
carper (96) 2007-03-10 13:18
a very good portrait Wanda,
the details are great the quality is good, this is a good photo job and what is important by shots like this, you have eye contact very good photo job Wanda
nwoehnl (122) 2007-03-10 13:40
An nice character study, Wanda. Good posing of the lady with an interesting wrinkled face that seems to tell a lot of stories from her life. Also a good way to present her traditional colorful clothes, and I have learned something new as I was not aware of the "marriage tattoo" before. Good scanning quality. Have a nice weekend.
siolaw (38292) 2007-03-10 14:02
What a character you show us today! She looks great, even posing she appears natural and undisturbed, nice vivid colors, superb textures of the different fabrics and nice sharpness of details... good work!
Gustaw (21670) 2007-03-10 14:42
Wow, very interesting portrait old woman. Very interesting face. Good composition, light and colours. Well done. I like your photo.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-03-10 18:24
This is great shot! What a spectacular and expressive portrait! Beautiful colours and superb composition. Details are suggestive and fine. Refined and artistic work, I like it very much! Have a nice weekend!
vincz (19113) 2007-03-11 3:59
Very strong picture, very spectacular depite a very simple compsotion. This seems so true, right from reality to us through your picture. A gretat one.
maki (0) 2007-03-11 15:21
Very good portrait, Wanda, reallly touching me in the heart, natural, a little bit nostalgic and sad but beautiful in the same time,
UnTrained (0) 2007-03-12 2:56
also the b&w is of interest for me, but this one shows the colourful clothes she is wearing. She is a bit sitting and looking as she is not from here and I am fascinated by the way she is holding her hands and of her hands too. TFS
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
Mikos (4326) 2007-03-12 10:11
Thanks for comment my last picture! ;-)
Such a great portrait, I love the expression this woman shows, and how natural you have captured her!
bostankorkulugu (42486) 2007-03-12 17:06
this is a beautiful portrait wanda... her outfit is stunning and the expression on her face isso cute... cheers...
sunilshukla (844) 2007-03-13 5:54
Oh what a face Wanda, very typical and lines make them interesting as does the costume.
axiotea (21651) 2007-03-13 23:44
Beautiful portrait of the Berber woman with many details to see. She is standing out well against the BG and the colors are well rendered. The tight framing is also well seen. I think I like both versions and I could not tell you, which one I do prefer :)
atus (15856) 2007-03-14 5:18
greatly captured impressive portrait shot of this berber woman. The light is very well managed, the sharpness is very good and the details are well visible. Congratulations for the excellent scanning and I prefer with no doubt the coloured version. Great work!
Tfs and best wishes!
colibriav (2180) 2007-08-24 0:57
Cuando vi la miniatura de la fotografia pense que se trataba de un dibujo, ahora compruebo que perteneca a alguien de carne y hueso. Curiosa la forma de vivir de los trogloditas en Tunez, pero pienso que ya solo existen para que los turistas se hagan la fotografia. De todas las maneras tenia que ser muy dura la vida en esas condiciones.
Un saludo desde espaņa:
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (15142)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-12-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: canon eos5
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-10 13:00
- Favorites: 1 [view]