The real reason I decided to go to Bhutan were not the snow-capped mountains, traditional temples or monks' red robes but the hats made of yak hair like the one this lady is wearing. The moment I saw a photo of a Brokpa person I was hooked and knew I had to go.
Brokpa people are a group of semi nomadic yak herders inhabiting small villages in the Himalaya. Some of the men spend part of the year away from their village on higher grounds where yaks graze which is one of the reasons why polyandry is a common practice - one of the husbands (usually one of two brothers) stays at home...
This image was taken in the village of Merak situated 3500 metres above sea level along the Merak Sakteng trek which was opened for foreigners only in 2010. Not many Western tourists have had the privilege so far to meet the Brokpas in their own villages.
When I was there I saw a road being built so it will not be long before many more tourists reach those places. But hurry up if you want to see the traditional hats - the younger generation do not wear them any more.
In WS more Brokpa people portraits.
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pixelblaster (47) 2013-08-30 12:46
Old age has signatures on her forehead, still she is having a lot of energy.
The dynamic range is absent here, and the foto is on the bright side.
baclama (18111) 2013-08-30 12:54
what a portrait!!!
very good b&w with extraordinary expression!
mesutilgim (85318) 2013-08-30 13:06
Very nice b&w portrait from Bhutan.
TFS and have a nice weekend
worldcitizen (7057) 2013-08-30 14:34
I like all of the portraits you presented here; they all have a timeless feeling. In this main one especially, I can imagine that this photo was taken many years ago. The look on this person's face is captivating, and of course the yak hair hat is also interesting to see. I think B/W works perfectly for this shot, while the others look great in color. Nice bokeh in the background, too.
daddo (24404) 2013-08-30 16:42
Zdravo Kasia. First time I have heard of someone traipsing around the world looking for hats! You don't come from a family of milliners? The hat is of a most interesting design. I like your other shots also. The colour ones remind me of old National Geo. magazines with faces of peoples that no longer live like their forefathers. It's all a matter of time before the baseball cap arrives and is perched on these people's heads. So just as well you took these photos when you did. Pozdrav. Klaudio.
jjcordier (76850) 2013-08-30 23:18
La femme a une "face" particulière qui attire les photographes. L'image manque peut-être un tout petit peu de netteté? J'aime les deux portraits en WS.
annjackman (19917) 2013-08-30 23:25
This is an excellent portrait of this lady with her unusual hat. Her face is full of character and she is well presented against an out of focus BG. The B/W treatment gives a timeless look. I like the pictures in your WS very much as well.
TFS such interesting pictures.
KInd Regards, Ann
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-08-31 3:09
oj,warto bylo poczekac troche na twoje kolejne zdjecie!
Piekny i wyrazisty portret!Podoba mi sie jej spojrzenie,wyraz twarzy...no i oczywiscie kapelusz:)
Do tego znakomita obrobka zdjecia w B&W!
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze milego weekendu
PS.nareszcie urlop:)jutro lece na Malte.Troche musialem poczekac na kolejny wyjazd po Hong Kongu:)
subhendu_bagchi (25810) 2013-08-31 4:34
hi, a great portrait shot here. Love how you presented this lady with partial angle of view. The hat of her is really interesting. Great details. Nice work with monochrome. Excellent one. Tfs.
holmertz (41695) 2013-08-31 5:51
You show us a remarkable and interesting set of portraits, all of them very good. You have captured this woman from a very good angle as she turns her head halfway towards you with a slightly funny kiind of grin. Her wrinkled face indicates that she has experienced a lot and seen a lot, but probably she had not seen many foreigners before you. I suppose you are now the only Polish woman in the UK, or anywhere, wearing a Brokpa yak hair's hat. Right?
And thanks a lot for showing such an interest in my old pictures from Algeria.
marabu61 (8583) 2013-08-31 6:25
I really like that mischievous smile on the face of the old lady. That face is so full of character and life. With that hat the line between the hair of the lady and the hat is somewhat diffus, what are her hairs and what is the hat? A truly excellent portrait.
have a great weekend
saxo042 (37578) 2013-08-31 6:33
A very good portrait with character and dignity. A very sharp and detailed picture too.
rychem (23922) 2013-08-31 9:09
Nie jestem znawcą portretów, ale uważam, że ten jest bardzo ekspresyjny i emocjonalny, czapeczka jest oryginalna, jeszcze takiej nie widziałem. Sporo informacji przekazałaś w notce
bukitgolfb301 (36206) 2013-08-31 16:39
Hi dear Kasia
Great B&W portrait from side appraoch!
Her unqie hiar style and her meaningful expression are so wonderful to see. Great cropping makes so finest framework.
All the best and have a good weekend! Takero
- Copyright: Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) (6813)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-05-06
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D700
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-30 12:38