East-Timor is located geographically in Oceania, although it is sometimes assigned to Asia instead. Consists of the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecussi-Ambeno, an exclave of East Timor situated on the northwestern side of the island, surrounded by West Timor.
Since East-Timor became independent, no serious photographic work has been done. At least not an in-depth work, because simply it's not easy. Thus, this image and some more I'll post here are, in a way, unique and are the result of many hours and effort to mingle. Some moments where registered only because, at some point, I started to be seen as one of them and not a mere foreigner.
This young lady was over a rock, watching who had just entered her remote village in the mountains. After this moment of pure happiness, where she recognized that friendly people was arriving, she said loudly "malae, malae!!", which means "foreigner, foreigner"... and quickly lots of children and their parents appeared to welcome us. They know that many "crazy" teachers (like me and my friends that worked at the capital's university) sometimes cruise the mountains and that then spend some time playing and sharing stories (in a mixture of portuguese, tetum and some bahasa indonesia). It can be their happiest moment of the whole week or month.
I miss them so much.
Ah, "Fetu" means "woman/girl".
PS: I appologise for the 500px larger side and watermark in the frame, but some unauthorized use has happened before in other websites (including mine)
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itaca (293) 2006-03-16 5:58
Fantástica esta foto. É muito bom saber que ainda existem sorrisos inocentes.
Parabéns e obrigada por partilhar.
pilpel-adom (3018) 2006-03-16 6:33
Great portrait, Joel! What a lovely child and pose, like she was taken out of a fashion magazine, only the smile is authentic as her eyes!
I also browsed through your impressive gallery and website - truely spectacular! You have good connection to water and you gave a very clorful and plastic represntation of this connection...very impressive!
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-03-16 6:37
Magnifique portrait !
Quelle couleur de peau !
Quel sourire !
zig (2456) 2006-03-16 6:46
Hi Joel. Love smile! I don't know about the URL adv in the frame though. You pulled her lovely smile and that is all the best in this photo. Keep on posting from timor!
hdl (6995) 2006-03-16 7:48
Hi Joel. Lovely shot; excellent focus. Only a pity that you posted it so small (but I understand your frustration).
Polakowski (1115) 2006-03-16 8:21
Excellent portrait.Beautiful smile.Good shot Joel!
dvlazar (6644) 2006-03-16 9:03
I havent seen too many Timor photos here - so nice to see that. A lovely spontaneous shot - what a wonderful smile.
Great work -
tinamunk3 (6404) 2006-03-16 12:19
What a great smile this beautiful girl is giving you. So nice and sharp and with good colours.
GG_Poland (722) 2006-03-17 8:56
Great potrait (again). I can feel all the happines and is so natural. Very well composed/cropped. nice colours and useful and interesting note as usual.
wish you all the best
jeffchaill (445) 2006-03-20 14:24
After your last photo i have a look on your galerie, this one like so many are "superbe", i put this one on my favoris of the days.
You do very nice photos, a favorite photographer as well for me.
T F S JEFF
huckool (96) 2006-07-29 16:06
A very nice quality image, well focused and a lovely smile captured...
tpatria (62) 2006-09-09 18:47
hi joel. great potrait. nice smile and very natural.
rasmis (291) 2006-10-01 14:03
Impressive shot. Very beautiful face and the colors of your photo is very well. Thnx
Amorinix (196) 2006-10-25 19:40
E claro também a descrição e os sentimentos nela expressos!!!!!
Espero que tens devolvido a fotografia à "Fetu". Ela merece.
kinginexile (2598) 2006-11-18 1:01
beautiful perfect, i do not know what to say, this one is for the eyes and the heart!
lasscor (7640) 2007-02-18 11:55
Lovely cute expressive portrait, full of happines.
paulalex32 (4) 2007-04-16 6:34
What a gorgeous smile. I have really enjoyed your photos of East Timor. What a troubled history these people have lived through and yet they are still so strong!
anthonyb (1209) 2007-04-17 20:28
Fantastic photo. I really enjoy your people shots.
Keep up the great work!
- Copyright: Joel Santos (joelsantos) (1413)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-11-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-300 DO IS USM f/4.5-5.6
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The world through those small eyes, CLODO's SELECTION VII [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-16 5:45
- Favorites: 3 [view]