This is a portrait of an inimitable Newari rural farmer I met from the medieval Khokana village in Kathmandu Valley. Probably in her sixties or seventies, she is representing a microcosm of the caste & ethnic diversity of Nepal's 26 million people and more than 100 different ethnic groups speaking 93 different languages and dialects. Not only faces sometimes tell what ethnic or caste group a Nepalese belongs to, it is also their clothes and appearance that give me the hints. But here, it is easy to make out who is who from the apparel, coiffure, ornaments, as well as features. Generally the people of Nepal differ in appearance: Chettri of western Nepal, Newari of Kathmandu Valley, Bhotia of the far northwest, Tamang of the east and Tharu of the southwest Tarai. That is Nepal's diversity.
She caught my attention, I love her generous sweet smile, her face, character and most of all her wrinkles that seem to tell so much different life stories. Life in the village I find here, is open and direct with daily activities taking place in public in a completely non self-conscious way. There’s no need to rush, no need for haste, time takes on a new meaning as the ancient is blended with the modern in ways rarely seen elsewhere, and a walk through the village is truly rewarding with experiences and images that are unique yet common, personal but also public.
Of course this was taken with mutual awareness and respect......
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Romano46 (11535) 2013-09-19 8:46
negli occhi di questa donna si possono leggere le storie di una vita, tanto intenso e penetrante appare il suo sguardo.
Un altro dei tuoi eccellenti ritratti colti nelle varie parti del mondo nel quale tutti gli elementi tecnici si uniscono a perfezione con quelli umani per una riuscita straordinaria capace di suscitare emozioni.
Complimenti per l'ottima ripresa.
Ciao e buona serata
yquem46 (35378) 2013-09-19 8:53
A strong strong strong portrait !
Tack sharp, expressive, colorful, luminous .... !
bravo, have a nice evening
ourania (18672) 2013-09-19 9:31
a very beautiful elderly lady, she must have been beautiful all her life, her eyes and "generous sweet smile" say so. Your audacious tight framing gives a very intimate feeling in her expression that captivates the viewer. Her wrinkles are like a map indeed but they're overshadowed by the glint and gentleness in her eyes. There's a wonderful warmth prevailing in the narrow frame. Her village sounds like the epitome of peacefulness, an ideal far from the troubled western societies. Excellent work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Fis2 (77000) 2013-09-19 10:13
A very interesting face!
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Very well done.
pajaran (41755) 2013-09-19 10:15
Interesantan tekst o narodu, sa datim podacima ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, lepo pokazana stara zena, lep portret.
Vreme je ostavilo trag na njenom licu, njene oci i dalje sijaju toplinu i dobrotu.
An interesting article about the people, the specified data ...
A good time recording, demonstrated good old woman, a beautiful portrait.
Time had on her face, her eyes still glowing warmth and kindness.
All the best.
aleXundar (613) 2013-09-19 10:20
An intense portrait. Her wrinkles, tight lips and above all the deep and passionate look ... so beautifully captured with delicate colour treatment and excellent light management!
A great one.
cornejo (22556) 2013-09-19 10:35
Hello Abmdsudi, excellent portrait of this beautiful human smile, very well captured in this interesting image of the beauty of the divercidad, with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
kato (9542) 2013-09-19 22:10
You're capturing well this portrait by a good macro and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impresiive to see the gentle countenance and expression with rich knowledge of this elderly woman. It's also impressive in the woolen hat. It's interesting to hear that there are many different ethnic groups speaking many different languages and dialects, althogh it's out of understanding for me in reality.
adramad (30945) 2013-09-20 7:22
Superb composition with the fantastic portrait of this woman, in this closed flat on its face shows splendidly all the details and textures of the same, however the image conveys a sense of sadness in his eyes, although it seems to have tried to show a half-smile.
Ideal that palette and dark background highlighting the subject.
Very well managed exposure, and optimal sharpness.
Enjoy a happy weekend.
goodfella (247) 2013-09-20 7:27
This is an excellent portrait. Elderly people have great smile (or frown) wrinkles in their faces. This woman has a beautiful weathered look to her face. You have captured it very nicely.
eldancer1 (20824) 2013-09-20 9:40
Your portraits are simple but projects so much strength and honesty. Those eyes are hauntingly clear. Sharp details and wonderful colors. Nice placement in the frame. Very well done, tfs.
rychem (13688) 2013-09-20 11:13
An interesting study of a human face, a great portrait of a woman who probably worked hard to whole life, bravo
papagolf21 (79560) 2013-09-20 11:41
Un visage qui nous parle. C'est toute une vie à travers ce visage et ces rides. Les yeux nous transpercent et sondent nos coeurs.
Une très belle prise de vue, une fois de plus.
Silvio1953 (105553) 2013-09-20 11:47
Ciao Abndsudi, fantastic portrait of lovely old woman with intense expression, fine details, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Waylim (23314) 2013-09-20 15:39
Such a compelling portrait. I love that the engaging look between the model and the photogrpher. I love her very faint smile but proud. Each wrinkle on her face has a story behind it. So much details and the sparkles in the eyes are very captivating. My sincer complement.
bayno (18334) 2013-09-21 4:12
excellent close-up, very nice details, a look that still vital but in life must have worked so hard and suffered, does not seem at all intimidated by your lens...very good work with excellent light management...
krzychu30 (12719) 2013-09-21 7:32
stunning and beautiful portrait picture!
Combination of well applied close-up and timing help you to bring out the most important thing out of the scene,namely the facial expression and hence her feelings and emotions we can see so good in her face.
mjw364 (6142) 2013-09-22 11:07
Nicely composed portrait with such clarity and fine detail. I wonder what the textures of this face would look like in monochrome? Love the way you have caught the light in the eyes too.
tatadalou (3975) 2013-09-28 11:20
Sure, this woman has a sweet and friendly look. Excellent focus on her eyes, and the textue of the skin is nicely revealed.
mirosu (8160) 2013-11-14 23:49
An excellent portrait. Smart choice of tight crop (close-up) to accentuate the woman with splendid sharpness, great color contrast, superb light and very good POV choice. Excellent details. Well done indeed.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (32509)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-02-21
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: NIKON D200, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 500 Raw
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-19 7:49