This is one of many old women giving away Incense Sticks (in return of a small donation)around the temples of Angkor.
I don't know what happend to her, but i presume she was tourtured, injured by a mine or hurt in some other way (like many others) during the Khmer Roughe regime.
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ninadev (5377) 2003-10-12 8:29
This is a powerfull image, this old woman praying and not having lost her faith in spite of her condition. A note would have been appreciated, is she a victim of war or is it leprosy that she has ? It's too bad there is that black wall at the bottom. Maybe by putting a frame of the same color it could make is a little less annoying.. or cropping the pic differently.
Darren (6823) 2003-10-12 9:58
This is a very good shot, and you have done well in capturing details, even with a very bright and contrasty background. I would personally like to see you bring the brightness of the background down a little through photoshop, as well as possibly sharpening her face slightly, as it seem a littl soft. I am sure this is not the result of a blurry photo, it just needs a little post production sharpening. Nice shot.
gringofil (0) 2003-10-13 12:26
This is a very powerful shot. Her position in the frame is exceptional and you managed to create a wonderful shot. I would also like to know more details about her condition (if you happen to know). Just simply amazing! Very well done.
CoolDan (2516) 2003-10-27 17:33
C'est une photo très difficile à regarder mais superbe.
Vous avez bien capté les détails de sa souffrance.
You make a great photo. Thanks.
iamxa (3049) 2003-10-31 2:47
Hard image. As you say, I think about this person, what is doing now, who is, what about her happiness. When I travel, I try always to be in contact with people. But my travel to Peru change my live. I've three girls under my economic protection, because they need a lot of money and we need a lot of love.
nielsenallan (524) 2003-12-03 16:30
With her age, most likely she has leprosy, a common disease in Cambodia. Or maybe tortured or a mine as you write, just a guess... Nice captured by the way...
scalerman (26900) 2004-02-06 15:44
Yes, I thought I'd left a comment on this one before, but I guess not. Probably the best photo of yours posted so far. Very gripping.
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-03-16 14:30
Chock picture Tom... it´s very sad....
Your picture are beautiful and show us the sad side of life.
wily (59) 2004-03-16 16:33
Je suis allé à Angkor Wat en décembre 2002 et j'ai vu cette même dame. L'émotion que j'ai eu en la voyant m'est revenue avec votre photo. Merci!
- Copyright: Tom Rune Ostby (znabel) (246)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-17
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S304
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/111 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Les gens, The uglier, grittier side of life. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-10-12 7:34
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