The Irulas are a tribal community found in the Southern Parts of India. According to anthropologists, these people belong to the Negrito stock, the ancestors of these people are supposed to have come from, to India from Africa. The ethnic relatives of these people are now found in small pockets in the Indian mainland and in Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Until recently, the Irulas used to live in the forest and had minimal contact with the neighbouting villages. They sold forest products like honey, beeswax and firewood.
The principal languages of the Irulas are Tamil and Telugu. The name Irula is believed to have been derived from 'Irul', Tamil for darkness. Some believe this word was applied to this tribe due to their dark complexion, while, others are of the opinion that it was used as the Irulas appeared as dark silhouettes in the forests in the past to other people.
The original occupation of these people was rat and snake catching. They traded the skins of the snake for money. however with the government of India enacting laws to prevent trade in snakeskins. The fragile Irula economy received a jolt. Many of the Irulas quit their ancestral profession and took to modern means of employment like working in rice mills and in fields.
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yquem46 (38746) 2012-05-23 1:58
un superbe portrait bien dans ton style, très expressif et qui prend encore plus de relief sur ce très beau fond noir décalé
Du très beau travail
patdeph (35748) 2012-05-23 4:39
wooow, quel portrait, et quelle belle expression!J'adore! Et encore une fois, un N&B vraiment vraiment superbe!
heimann2 (581) 2012-05-23 4:56
very expressive shot. I like it very much in black and white.
Thanks for presenting
Juzo (4349) 2012-05-23 5:57
A real standout here on this site, I wish we saw more quality like this here. I have never been one to use a flash, mostly relying on wide apertures in low light..but this is excellent, and makes me think I should experiment with a flash at times. Very expressive.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-05-23 11:06
Ola Francine ,
Um bom retrato a preto e branco desta mulher idosa , tem a vida bem marcada na sua cara pelas rugas , gostei da sua expressão facial , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jjcordier (76858) 2012-05-23 23:17
Le noir et blanc donne encore plus de force à ce portrait très expressif. Ton cadrage décalé est superbe et "oblige" le regard à passer alternativement de la main au visage.
mdetay (4865) 2012-05-24 1:37
Bravo pour ce portrait.
Je me demande ce que cela donne en couleur. Le choix du NB est probablement le bon surtout au flash. J'aime bien la composition.
mesutilgim (85420) 2012-05-24 2:41
Hello dear Francine,
Amazing b&w capture with perfect pov and perfect timing !
TFS and best regards
tusharkmandal (3171) 2012-05-24 23:45
Superb expressions and gesture..Very well composed.
wolf38 (31282) 2012-05-26 5:57
Hello Francine. Here you show a very expressive black and white photo. Best composition. Rgds, Wolfgang.
- Copyright: Francine Aubry (faubry) (35405)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2008-11-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5 - 4.5G ED DX
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-23 1:45