A smiling Tibetan lady seen at Barkhor Square in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, in the autumn of 1986.
Barkhor is the name of the district immediately surrounding the famous Jokhang Temple of Lhasa. the spiritual centre of Lamaism, the Tibetan variety of Buddhism. The large square in front of the temple is a popular meeting-place for the locals during the long Tibetan evenings (Tibet in on Beijing time so in the summers the sun doesn't set until late). People come here to mingle, to see and be seen, buy some snacks and enjoy the closeness of their holiest temple.
During the week I spent in Lhasa in 1986 I used to spend the evenings among the friendly crowds at Barkhor Square, enjoying the atmosphere and taking pictures. Tibetans are among the nicest people I have ever met and most people I approached with my camera were all smiles.
More Tibetan smiles can be seen in a workshop. Both pictures were scanned from Kodachrome slides.
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photographer_sg (4414) 2013-02-26 7:48
Such a wonderful portrait full of stunning colours and great clarity. Fully illustrates the warm and simple nature of the Tibetans. I happened to meet many of them during my visit to Gangtok and Pelling. Thanks for sharing.
InasiaJones (31566) 2013-02-26 7:59
The smile is warm and sincere, the contact is precious and memorable.
I found it interesting to see the details of the skin that shows the intense "tan" from the high elevation and direct sun exposure. The colourful headdress is a visual bonus for this intimate portrait.
jemaflor (96775) 2013-02-26 8:07
Lovely smile very spontaneous, perfectly captured, good light, I like colourful hairs, tfs.
saxo042 (37874) 2013-02-26 8:10
Enastående klara och skarpa färger i detta utmärkta porträtt. Din efterbearbetningsteknik har uppenbarligen gått framåt. Lite synd bara att spetsen på hakan inte fick plats, men bilden har ju många fler förtjänster ändå. Bra extrabild också.
Kamilutka (8105) 2013-02-26 8:36
this is very pretty portrait and the model has really charming and very natural smile. You captured the warmth of hers very well and the light seems to help to create very beautiful atmosphere. The DOF is perfectly blurred and the face thanks to it is more outstanding. Great colors and sharpness!
Thanks for sharing!
Nicou (141134) 2013-02-26 9:16
Quel portrait superbe et ce sourire de joie mer vielleux captage et position dans l'image superbe captage de cette dame avec e couleurs sur son visage.
Bravo et amitié
Sonata11 (33795) 2013-02-26 9:34
indeed it is beautiful smile with pleasue to look at the happy face. Wonderful an executed portrait of her. I like it a lot. Tfs.
siudzi (34141) 2013-02-26 11:05
Fantastic portrait picture of this beautiful girl. Love her eyes full of happiness and joy! Perfectly done with a great timing. Many thanks for sharing.
mohammad_H (9904) 2013-02-26 11:52
We created you from a different race, most of you is the most pious and pure, attractive portraits with smiling faces, good sharpness
all the best
ourania (45002) 2013-02-26 11:52
this is a wonderful portrait with the girl's warm smiling face well placed diagonally in the frame (although a little abruptly cropped at the low border). A very spontaneous, sincere and heart warming smile that matches so well the splendid light and magnificent deep colours. I love the workshop picture and the ladies' friendliness, shyness and heartfelt smiles. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-02-26 19:15
A beautiful up close and personal portrait, Gert. Her smiling face lights up the frame, while the multicolored headband adds lovely detail. This is both a really carefully arranged shot and a wonderfully spontaneous one, caught in the middle of a pleasant moment. Beautiful work, and another really successful scan here.
jhm (152232) 2013-02-27 3:53
I like this type of portraits, these man is absolutely agreement with the photographer.
Nice daily life picture with excellent sharpness and clarity.
Very well done, TFS.
pajaran (60081) 2013-02-27 5:48
Dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad skeniranjem ...
Lepo pokazna gospodja sa osmehom u narodnoj nosnji ...
Lepo secanje na 1986. godinu.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Good article ...
Good work by scanning ...
Nice demonstration of a smiling lady in traditional costume ...
Nice memory of the 1986th year.
Have a nice day, all the best.
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-02-27 9:23
Beautiful smile! Nicely captured, I like the expressive eyes. Good lighting and sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
mesutilgim (95050) 2013-02-27 10:24
Hello dear Gert,
Go ahead with oldies !! Each one is even better than the previous one.
This nice face must be now in her late fifties !
Interesting hair decoration and many good and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice evening.
dkmurphys (58010) 2013-02-27 22:40
Wonderful portrait. I like the think that is captured without any preparation, genuine daily life scene.
Graal (102752) 2013-02-27 23:11
nice portrait and smile of woman. Also I like portraits in WS. Good scan. Fine colours, DOF and composition. Interesting your remembrance.
Have a nice day.
bayno (18344) 2013-02-28 2:05
this is one of my favourite them (portrait),
wonderful smile and very good light and colors in this scann....perfect blurred to evidence the subject...excellent work...
kato (11630) 2013-02-28 6:55
You're capturing well this portrait by a good angle, good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see her smile and the colorful net decoration of overhead. It's good at the contrast between clear front and blurred background. It's so wonderful that they always keep good smiling face included ws. It's interesting where does this( smiling Tibetans) originate.
Ber (8242) 2013-03-02 8:49
this is a wonderful portrait with the girl's warm smiling face. Interesting hair decoration and many good and usefull notes.
fabbs99 (17151) 2013-03-02 8:53
I bet that lady even after more a than a quarter of a century shall still flash a big smile.Great moment and great shot.Well done Sir.
Nard (6972) 2013-03-08 2:19
Splendid smile enhanced by the warm light. I like her typical red skin and her deep look. Nice portrait
Kielia (24077) 2013-03-09 5:24
this is something quite different in you gallery!
I think this is a very beautiful portrait - the smile on her face is really charming. The vividly bright colors and the light make this image very attractive. My compliments!
baclama (18829) 2013-03-09 5:24
ça met de bonne humeur!
ifege (10367) 2013-03-09 20:24
A great and colourful portrait.
adores (45243) 2013-03-10 18:52
Another great old one! I've never been there, but I can imagine how magical this place must be.
I really like the light and the way you framed her with her sincere smile and the colourful headband.
Glint (6171) 2013-04-11 11:59
I have been browsing your Tibetan pictures with much interest. After reading your notes that accompany the photo "Waiting for a Bus" and then these, I feel a sadness despite the smiles. How sad that the Han have such little respect for the Tibetans. But smiles deserve smiles and certainly I find myself smiling back at this young woman. A lovely portrait with perfect dof.
Tigerlily (3379) 2013-04-13 6:33
Beautiful rich color,especially the colours on her head, no digital can match. I like the angle of this shot.
Fis2 (96773) 2013-04-14 12:38
Curious face, a beautiful smile.
Good frame and depth.
I like colors and light.
delpeoples (57636) 2013-06-24 4:25
Hello dear Gert
Whata beautiful smile this charming lady has. You obviously had a good rapport with her for her to be so forthcoming and open. I love the colours, the shallow depth of field and the tight cropping around her face. A superb post, thanks for sharing it.
figenya (2852) 2014-06-29 14:24
Having a quick look at your galery, I come accross with this splendid portrait.
You have wonderful eyes and I guess a wonderful heart to get this smile from her by communication.
COSTANTINO (64754) 2016-02-20 8:00
Hello dear Gert and have a nice
lovely smiling face
pleasant portrait perfectly executed
one shot is one thousand words