The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe that live at high altitudes in the mountains of Northern Laos where they constitute one of the largest amongst more than 20 ethnic groups in the region. They have perhaps the most colourful and interesting costume of the entire minority group in Laos, but the woman’s magnificent traditional headdress holds the most distinction.
A striking aspect about the headdress - which also defines their age and marital status- is that, traditionally it’s worn year round and everyday, while working and even while sleeping - they protect it by wrapping their head with a cotton cloth. It may be difficult for the modern world to comprehend this practice but the headdress is very much a part of their identity, tradition and life.
Her head is overwhelmed with coloured threads & beads at the sides and polished silver buttons and old colonial French-Indochina piastre silver coins glimmering before my eyes.
The silver is pure silver and handmade can weigh up to 2 kg or more.
Shooting location: Luang Namtha traditional market.
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mirosu (10942) 2013-11-21 4:42
Excellent portrait. Perfectly arranged in horizontal frame. I like the natural pose and that the face is not aiming on your camera. Excellent light and very good POV choice. Perfect bokeh. Well done my friend.
jhm (131862) 2013-11-21 5:00
I see the focus almost on the decoration of the hat.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Technical a very fine picture, with pleasant colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Oceania (4082) 2013-11-21 6:30
Another fine portrait with very informative note! I really like your pictures in rich colors but not overly done. This headdress is different from last time. It is equally beautiful.
rychem (16466) 2013-11-21 8:49
This headdress is impressive, it could be interesting to know the signs that testify to her social status, well done
holmertz (34669) 2013-11-21 9:57
I have a strong suspicion that young men keep their baseball-caps on even at night, so why not the Akha headdress? ;-). This silver hat is a lot more beautiful and suits this woman well. Her pink sweater is nicely matched by something in the background and you captured her well when seemingly not at all aware of your camera.
olive224 (2717) 2013-11-21 10:25
Great portrait shot ;) i like the colors and the details in the "hat"
Great orange background color too
ourania (22778) 2013-11-21 10:53
a very attractive and intriguing portrait, a most effective minimal composition. We see so little of the lady's face and yet her expression has retained all its intrigue and power, there are traces of character too. The tones and textures of her face are also eloquent, the headdress is described closely and accurately. Your tight framing has mysteriously rendered her posture comprehensible too. I like very much the intimate atmosphere created by the lady's isolation from the background and by your exquisite lighting. The colours are part of the story as well. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Romano46 (15644) 2013-11-21 10:58
il solito splendido ritratto nel quale intensità espressiva, colori e infinita nitidezza permettono di apprezzare un altro aspetto di questo popolo della penisola indocinese.
Complimenti per l'ennesima volta.
Ciao e buona serata
Fis2 (79806) 2013-11-21 12:12
Next interesting portrait.
Excellent colors and depth.
Very well done.
Silvio1953 (111120) 2013-11-21 12:19
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portraity with fantastic hat, excellent clarityu, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
thebest (4258) 2013-11-21 18:21
A terrific portrait of this lady from Laos - wonderful clarity & I do like the way you have composed the shot.
jjcordier (70567) 2013-11-21 22:49
Intéressant portrait de cette femme Akha. J'aime bien l'arrière plan coloré. Peut-être était-il possible d'éclaircir un peu le visage?
Noel_Byrne (17253) 2013-11-22 1:39
Once again, and as always, a beautiful portrait shot. The control over depth of field on this is particularly beautiful, as it drives the attention to this very colorful and interesting woman. The note on the head dress is fascinating, and I love to learn of other cultures like this. The background, even though nicely blurred still retains lots of wonderful color too.
Thanks as always
mesutilgim (76804) 2013-11-22 4:48
Amazing portrait from Laos.
Very good layout. And the headdress ! Just wonderfull.
A perfect TE entry enriched with many good and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
pajaran (45531) 2013-11-22 6:23
Kod mene je 15,23. sati.
Interesantan i dobar tekst, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo pokazana gospodja sa kapom na glavi.
Lepa kapa sa narodnim ukrasima.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
For me it is 15.23. hours.
An interesting and good text, given the data ...
A good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Nicely demonstrated lady with a hat on his head.
Nice hat with folk decorations.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Cricri (97031) 2013-11-22 10:43
Vraiment une note très intéressante, une coiffe très original, sa tenue rose qui illumine son visage sur un joli fond colorées, très beau portrait de cette dame prise de profil
claudeD (28884) 2013-11-23 8:57
Another of your wonderful portrait pictures arrangednhere in horizontal. I like the excellentblight managment and perfect sharpness which is always very important for a good portrait shot. TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
chawax (17600) 2013-11-23 9:17
Very nice portrait. Your framing is quite original, close to the subject. Very beautiful bokeh on the left, excellent sharpness on the woman.
Angshu (53982) 2013-11-29 1:47
Amazing steady hands yu have cnsistently using the long end of the zoom to take such excellent portraits!
Excellent use of the shallow DOF to isolate her from the BG. The silverware on her head...the details of the coins are amazing
eldancer1 (23097) 2013-12-01 7:43
Unusual pov but very effective in presenting this woman and the beautiful headgear. Good use of the narrow dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
fotka (2925) 2013-12-13 5:16
First when I had saw so many photos from Laos, I though that you finished your trip there. But when I looked closely these shots were taken many years ago.
I like this profile portrait of Akha woman with beautiful hat what she is wearing. Great depth of field, colors, light and sharpness.
macjake (49328) 2013-12-15 7:05
Wow, what a fantastic photo for TE. Talk about learning from other cultures!! A well informed note, and a beautiful photo to go along with it. We can clearly see the coins you mentioned and the light/compo works so well.
Smart and beautiful photo, well done once again
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (36344)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-01-19
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-21 4:35