I took this image in a village hut in the Banni area north of Bhuj in the Rann of Kutchh.
Always I try to imagine
what's beyond those eyes...
The Rann of Kutch is a seasonally marshy region located in the Thar Desert biogeographic province in Gujarat state of northwestern India and the Sind province of Pakistan. The name "Rann" comes from the Hindi word ran (रण) meaning "salt marsh". The Hindi word is derived from Sanskrit / Vedic word iriṇa (इरिण) attested in the Rigveda and Mahābhārata.
Kutch is the name of the district wherein it is situated. The Rann of Kutch comprises some 10,000 square miles (30,000 km2) between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River in southern Pakistan. The Luni River, which originates in Rajasthan, empties into the northeast corner of the Rann.
In India's summer monsoon, the flat desert of salty clay and mudflats, averaging 15 meters above sea level, fill with standing waters, interspersed with sandy islets of thorny scrub, breeding grounds for some of the largest flocks of Greater and Lesser flamingoes. At its greatest extent, the Gulf of Kutch on the west and the Gulf of Cambay on the east are both united during the monsoon.
The area was a vast shallows of the Arabian Sea until continuing geological uplift closed off the connection with the sea, creating a vast lake that was still navigable during the time of Alexander the Great . The Ghaggar River, which presently empties into the desert of northern Rajasthan, formerly emptied into the Rann of Kutch, but the lower reaches of the river dried up as its upstream tributaries were captured by the Indus and Ganges thousands of years ago. Traces of the delta and its distributary channels on the northern boundary of the Rann of Kutch were documented by the Geological Survey of India in 2000.
This inhospitable salty lowland, rich in natural gas and a resting site for migratory Siberian birds, is part of India and Pakistan's ongoing border dispute concerning Sir Creek. In April 1965, a dispute there contributed to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, when fighting broke out between India and Pakistan. Later the same year, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson successfully persuaded both countries to end hostilities and set up a tribunal, to resolve the dispute. A verdict was reached in 1968 which saw Pakistan getting 10% of its claim of 3,500 square miles (9,100 km2). The majority of the area thus remained with India. Tensions spurted again in 1999 during the Atlantique Incident.
The Rann is also famous for the Indian Wild Ass sanctuary, the Little Rann of Kutch, where the last of three species of Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur or khar), the only ones in Asia, still exists along with wolves, foxes, jackals, chinkara gazelles, nilgai antelope and blackbucks. The Rann of Kutch is also the only place in Pakistan and India which plays host to migrating flamingoes. There are 13 species of lark in the Rann of Kutch.
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rajiv_077 (1412) 2008-12-13 5:18
Well this is a very powerful portrait, although not good technically, some part is in out of focus. But composition is excellent and the expression of girl's.
A great shot
Angshu (56760) 2008-12-13 5:32
The shallow DOF and the selective focus on her left eye makes this haunting. Love how you captured her big bright eye framed with the lock of hair. Amazingly powerful portrait...congratulations!
wautersw (3647) 2008-12-13 5:49
really an impressive portrait. I disagree with Rajiv because I think the use of Dof is what makes this a powerful image. Great job. TFS
jjcordier (79297) 2008-12-13 5:54
Le focus sur cet il est vraiment très bien vu et il donne une force dramatique au regard de cet enfant. On peut le trouver perdu dans ses pensées, songeur sur son avenir certainement difficile ou plus simplement concentré sur un spectacle ou devant la télévision. Tout est envisageable et c'est ce qui fait la grande force de cette photo.
broglia (3604) 2008-12-13 5:57
Exceptional portrait Luca, very different. The way she is holding her hands to her mouth adds a real feeling of tension to the shot. The angle of the shot is very well considered. Colour, dof - perfect.
Stunning - Roberto
yquem46 (38752) 2008-12-13 5:59
Just one eye Luca and all is said !
The emptiness on the left part enhances the fact that she is looking or thinking forward very intensely
everlasting (15374) 2008-12-13 6:02
Stunning capture Luca, the wisp of her hair,those bright eyes and her clasped hands.
Artfully composed, with good exposure.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-12-13 6:10
She looks like she works at something involving her hands and I can only wonder that she is taking a moment to daydream of better times. She seems too young to be labouring at anything. Excellent capture with a soft BG and the left eye in focus.
delkoo (68) 2008-12-13 6:44
ce portrait est une pure merveille, de part le choix du cadrage, de la profondeur de champ et de l'expression du regard de cet enfant .
BennyV (20259) 2008-12-13 7:09
The closeness and the dof reminds me of a macro shot of an instect. That might sound rude, but it's not intended that way at all. This makes the child look even more delicate, more vulnerable, more precious even. Very interesting result!
clamel53 (160) 2008-12-13 7:18
Perfetto il fuoco sugli occhi che alla fine sono il vero soggetto dello scatto, bravo
eversmile (11636) 2008-12-13 7:43
A good portrait, full of nostalgia of the youth and poetry. I love the big eyes, like under a strong fascination, and the fresh gesture of the hand as well as the wild curls of her hair.
partha (14023) 2008-12-13 7:47
Great shot. Stunning clarity,wonderful colour saturation, sweet angle> all works in favour
filidor (56) 2008-12-13 8:18
Fantastic portrait with using great depth of field. No more words... wow project
bantonbuju (51815) 2008-12-13 8:26
this portrait is simply fantastic: there is so much emotions in those big dark eyes, supported by the ands gesture...
for me - this is a portrait of the month here, on TE...
best wishes, jerzy
faubry (35447) 2008-12-13 8:57
bonsoir Luca, very nice portrait with focus on left eye, well done
grigand (20184) 2008-12-13 9:46
Un gran scatto, molto originale l'inquadratura e bellissimo l'effetto della sfocatura con gli occhi in gran evidenza,bravo.
WelshTraveller (354) 2008-12-13 10:29
A thought provoking photo. I would have preferred the face to be all in focus but a nice shot all the same.
cristiancu (268) 2008-12-13 12:30
in rest no comment
zesopol (258) 2008-12-13 13:45
Very nice portrait. I like you focus on the eye. Thanks for sharing Luca.
flory (4848) 2008-12-13 23:20
Luca:this is the most powerful and intelligent portrait that i've seen here in the last time..Bravo!
and glad to see you back!
imtiyaz (1005) 2008-12-14 0:25
The master piece...
The focus which is locked on her eye is superb here,
And the note is also very useful.
framing is also well suited for this composition.
Imtiyaz Basha M S
hispic (9652) 2008-12-14 19:05
Superb portrait, what a breathtaking focus on the eye with very attractive catchlight. Her fingers work effectively this prominent image.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
daddo (27756) 2008-12-17 17:42
Hi Luca. A haunting image, one that reminds me of how transient is our existence, as those eyes and the whole little face give an aura of vulnerability and other-worldliness.A masterpiece that shows the human condition.Reminds me of the movie E>T> where the creature says it wants to go home. to me those eyes speak the same sentiment- but where is our home, since we have turned this one into a place of war and misery. Regards. Klaudio.
baladeva (252) 2008-12-26 8:25
there is asaying that India is a photographers paradise, time and time again you have showed us just that, I have much to learn from you.TFS>
Polonaise (5802) 2009-02-19 15:29
You definitively know what to do with your camera, Luca brother...
Like only few (very few) on TE - do !
It takes me all the way up to heaven...
onphoto (1253) 2013-01-30 13:20
I am speechless! Wow!
- Copyright: Luca Belis (Mistral) (15402)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-11-22
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-12-13 5:14
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