Kaithoon Village near Kota, Rajasthan
Miriam is a weaver of Kota Sarees. These sarees are still made as they were 250 ago, by a tedious, fully manual process, in a village called Kaithoon, 22 km away from Kota city.
The weavers are all Muslim. The women also weave, often better than their husbands. They cover their heads and go about their business cheerfully. The burqha (head dress covering the face) is a rare sight indeed in Kaithoon. Miriam works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to create a Kota Saree which would adorn many a beautiful woman. A saree takes 7 to 8 days to make at the minimum, but the wages received by the weavers are insufficient and there are no savings practically.
While the ladies (my wife, mother-in-law) were involved in intense bargaining with Miriam’s husband for purchasing Kota sarees, I took time out to take pictures of Miriam and her beautiful, innocent and ‘curious-about-my-camera’ daughter. She sat beside me as I took pictures of her mother, demanding me to show each and every one of them, moment I clicked my shutter. Then suddenly I turned the camera towards her and took this shot. I was lucky to catch her shy smile.
I asked myself, when I saw her beautiful innocent smile….What is her fate? Would she also follow the footsteps of her mother or does she have a better future as her bright eyes deserve? Only future can tell!
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faubry (35405) 2010-04-21 5:30
Wonderful glance! superb sharpness and eye contact
yang_yt (803) 2010-04-21 5:41
Nice portrait! You caught her big eyes that means you caught her soul because eyes are window of one's soul.Anyway your pic shows her character fully.
LeeLoo (0) 2010-04-21 5:50
Dear Angshuman Chatterjee!
Nice boy. Very nice pose. Original portrait. Perfect exposure.
pierrefonds (58842) 2010-04-21 8:20
A nice portrait of the weaver's daughter. You caught well the sparkle of life in her eyes. It is well framed. it is clear and sharp. Well done, have a nice day.
yquem46 (38746) 2010-04-21 8:37
nice portrait with a natural attitude and a relax posture
Nice gaze of this kid. Not an easy exposure owing to the large part of high lights at left. Well managed nevertheless
Have a nice evening. Best regards
Longroute (19396) 2010-04-21 9:25
Beside being a very fine portrait I really appreciate how you exploited the sunlight here: I can see it was quite intense yet you managed to obtain a perfectly balanced exposure. Nice tight framing and excellent clarity and sharpness makes it highly enjoyable. And of course the expression of the child is what makes the photo an excellent work. A luminous face and a luminous photo.
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2010-04-21 9:37
Great portrait. Outstanding. Beautiful light on her face with nice tight composition. You have captured a superb moment. Depth and sharpness are also nice. Very good capture dada. Really enjoyable details of her face. Thanks for sharing.
jasmis (57906) 2010-04-21 9:51
Superb eye contact with amazing model.
Regards my dear friend.
carper (96) 2010-04-21 9:55
very nice portrait Angshu,
well composed, fine eye contact with the lens, good light, fine job here, have a good day.
ciakgiak (30421) 2010-04-21 13:08
Hello dear Angshuman,
What splendid eyes! They are great and very exciting, I like the expression of this kid, the portrait is fabulous, with a great light and a superb quality.
Fis2 (88127) 2010-04-21 13:22
A very curious portrait.
Good frame and super colors.
Gerrit (50760) 2010-04-21 14:26
What an incredible big shiney dark eyes,
Graal (99196) 2010-04-21 23:14
nice smile and face of kid. I like the natural light and colours also. Well composed image. Good note also.
Have a nice day.
emka (82800) 2010-04-21 23:46
Hi Angshu, Very touching story behind this photo. I also visited a small workshop (in Varanasi I suppose) where they were weaving sarees and other silk things. Very tedious, difficult, poorly paid job. Also kids were doing it - for instance embroidery. They told us the kids were working because there was no school at that time but was it truth? The eyes of this girl are wonderful, so shining and shy.. Well, I wish her better life than that of her mother.
Did your wife buy a saree after this bargaining? And how can you bargain in this situation? My heart would be too soft..
The photo is very good but for me the message is more important.
CLODO (31212) 2010-04-22 1:11
Eye contact for sure!
I like the way the light illuminates her cheek and the sparkling in her eyes. Very good framing and nice shy smile (at you)
Direct in my selection (I would have liked to be the photograph!)
lacroux (4562) 2010-04-22 2:04
These days my work prevented me from being as present as I wanted on TE, but I will make an effort.
Thank you for this wonderful childlike smile. A child's smile is always hope.
And thank you for this note that we can have a look at the life of your country.
This child's photo is magnificent and I place it at once in my favourites.
Good luck, Miriam.
John_F_Kennedy (43299) 2010-04-22 3:24
You have perfectly captured the kid. Charming smile. Thhe composition with its colurs is superb
have a nice day,
tusharkmandal (3171) 2010-04-22 10:34
Very nice portrait of the kid. Clear, sharp, simple and yet great composition. Natural tones what I loved most in this portrait. I really have to learn much about portraits from you.
Thanks for Sharing
vasilpro (41037) 2010-04-22 12:40
Wonderful portrait, very nice expression, lovely black eyes with beautiful sparkle, very good POV, excellent light management and vivid colors.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
josepmarin (57839) 2010-04-22 12:57
It is a magnificent portrait of this little girl, you have caught skillfully her adorable look and her charming smile, moreover her face so clean illuminates the photo with a great vital power.
An impressive work, my friend.
emjleclercq (15780) 2010-04-22 13:30
A tight frame to focus on these beautifull dark eyes, smiling even more than the mooth a bit hidden by the finger.
All the best,
pajaran (53765) 2010-04-23 1:53
Dobar uvodni tekst i novo saznanje, odlican motiv vesele krupno oci devojcice, lepa fotografija.
Lep uspesan dan i vreme, Paja.
A good introductory text, and new knowledge, great motivation cheerful girl big eyes, beautiful photos.
Nice successful day and time, Paja.
bukitgolfb301 (37082) 2010-04-23 4:43
Hi my dear Prof. Angshuman
Great portrait shot! Very rare as you, right? but great of course.
Thanks for sharing and have a good Friday night !
jhm (142099) 2010-04-23 5:58
A high quality portrait, also a very good pose.
Thank you very much for the interesting note.
Eyes and teeth are splendid.
Very good colours management and overall composition.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture attractive. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Waylim (25368) 2010-04-23 9:18
What a cute portrait, she is lovely and very photogenic. Those set of dark brown eyes are so engaging the way she stare right into you camera with no hesitation and with just a slight shyness but looking fabulous for the camera. Still full of innocence and cariosity.
Great things about children is they do not yet had to worry too much about what is install for them in the future. I hope she will have a good one if not rich in materialistic way at least spiritually and within herself, she is happy, as many people in the poor country, I know it's hard to speak about from my perspective, but I do think and hope they are in general happy people, at least when I travel, I see them being very friendly and happy, Versus here in the west, people wear nice clothes and drive nice cars and live in nice houses, those cars and housese are owned by the banks and these seem not so happy often times.
Just my observation, but I think it is hard to tell. Have a good weekend.
holmertz (43297) 2010-04-23 12:35
From the thumbnail i thught this was a boy, but I trust your observation ;-) The ear-ring, her dreass and bangles convince me. She has a beautiful smile, and she holds her head and hand perfectly for this portrait. The sharpness, contrast and light are all admirable.
Bluejeans (64249) 2010-04-24 1:56
Ola Angshuman ,
Que lindo retracto deste menino tem um belo sorriso , bonitos os seus olhos negros , boas cores e definição , parabéns!!
um abraço Gonçalo
siolaw (38292) 2010-04-28 18:29
Maybe not the best of lights was available, but it is well managed and this girl has a nice friendly expression. Good framing too.
Greetings from BKK...(situation not good... but we re OK, trouble is only in the central areas...)
batalay (36159) 2010-04-29 17:01
Hello Mr. B,
An unusually incisive shot, your young model speaks with her eyes. It is rare that one wants such a closeup in a portrait, but this one works beautifully. The highlights in her black hair, the brilliant red of her blouse complement each other. Well done!
kordinator (19618) 2010-10-29 5:06
An amazing portrait of litlle girls.
Excellent managment of light which give a plesant harmony in the colors.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Perfect framed as usual.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56406)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 18 - 55mm / f 3.5 - 5.6, RAW
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/6 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Rajasthan, The Circuit Lesser Known
- Theme(s): CLODO's SELECTION VII [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-04-21 5:14
- Favorites: 1 [view]