Another picture in my "People of Nepal" theme, this one taken in Patan.
Patan, also known as Lalitpur ("City of Beauty" in Sanskrit) was once an independent city state, but now has been almost absorbed by Kathmandu, separated from it only by the Bagmati river.
Patan has its own Durbar Square (just like Kathmandu and Bhaktapur), with its own set of magnificient hindu temples, and is also popular with diplomats and NGO workers who often reside there.
This old lady was sitting inside Taleju Temple, and for a small tip agreed to have her photo taken.
I have never been able to decipher her expression: at first she seems to emanate a resigned sadness. Then, looking better, a sort of resolute strength somewhat appears beneath the surface.
Looking even more, sometimes I seem to see a tiny, barely visible, sparkle of a smirk.
One of the most enigmatic portraits I have ever had the luck of capturing.
PS: I have reposted this picture to correct a small error that I previously made when watermarking the original one.
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mirosu (5509) 2012-09-05 7:35
A great use of light. A well presented crop allows eyes to remain fixed on the face of this old lady. This is a really beautiful interaction, and is a good example of portrait mode. The nice light, purple-red BG and the silver-white hair color also lends a lovely contrast to the scene. Well done.
jhm (122410) 2012-09-06 3:37
I am a very great fan of portraits, certainly of old people.
These people have a lot life experience, clear to see in the face.
A pity that we missing the eye contact.
Colors, sharpness and clarity are perfect taken.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
- Copyright: Alberto Revelli (icesurfer) (374)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, 62 mm UV
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Theme(s): People of Nepal [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 6:21