My fascination for village life became even stronger when wandering through Bishnoi villages. The Bishnoi are a sect that lives in villages scattered in the dessert off Jodhpur.
The Bishnoi were ecologists avant la lettre. They know nature and grow with it rather then exploiting it. They never cut any trees and only use the wood when branches have fallen off or when a tree has died. Quit incredible if you consider that they need this wood for cooking but also to warm them on cold winter nights.
They also believe they will reincarnate as a deer and hold animal life sacred. They are strictly vegetarian.
Bishnoi men are dressed in white, while the women wear the most colourful (mainly red) dresses and intriguing jewellery making their beauty even more memorable.
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zhelach (3626) 2007-12-03 8:18
Great portrait! Wonderful color and composition!
TFS, regards, Zorica
joop (441) 2007-12-03 8:38
obviously an amazing shot. the colors are awesome and the character in the lady's face it fantastic.
thanks for sharing this
jasmis (58483) 2007-12-04 2:02
Perfect exotic portrait with smart details. Superb colours.
everlasting (15390) 2007-12-07 22:50
Hi Sabine nice to see you posting again i think i would have gone with a vertical frame here or at least not such a tight crop. her expression is very intense and I think the sari over her forehead may have softend her look.
Floydian (30970) 2007-12-12 4:54
Ik zie dat je 3 nieuwe foto's hebt geplaats vanuit India en ik heb ze allemaal gemist...sorry. Je bent ook zolang niet geweest dat ik dacht dat je voorgoed weg was, maar je zal vast en zeker erg druk geweest zijn.
Deze close-ups zijn op een zeer indringede manier gefotograeerd, iets waar ik zeer van gecharmeerd ben. Haar sierraden door neus en oren zijn zeer dominant neergezet en ik denk dat het je daar ook om te doen was.. Haar gezicht met rood gewaad spreekt boekdelen, vooral haar ogen zijn indringend gfotografeerd...heel mooi.
Mistral (15402) 2007-12-21 11:09
love her intense far-looking sight, her concentration to see clearly without noticing you. Well done... and a smile!
Dpbours (222) 2007-12-22 12:10
That's what I'd call a pretty shallow DoF! :-) Works well here! Though the earring that is a slight bit over-exposed does take a lot of attention. But you make up for it with a pleasant sharpness in the face, a great collection of saturated colours and a good note. Thanks for sharing!!
PS: I just went over your gallery and I have to say that your photographs are generally underrated. Just to make sure I won't miss anything anymore, I added you to my favourites ;-).