The population of Uzbekistan is more diversed than you can imagine and the Uzbeks - one of the most ancient peoples of Central Asia who live between vast deserts and mountains form the majority. Uzbek women have Turkic-Mongol features, the immigrants such as Russians - “left behind after independent" are tall with good features, Tatars are Europeanized with beautiful body and features, Crimeans are very neat and make good wives I was told. Armenians are not as fair colour like Russians but have black hairs. Bukhara and Samarkand are actually culturally and ethnically Tajik. Suprisingly there are also ethnic Koreans, decendants of Korean population from a WWII-era migration from the Comie Soviet Far East to Central Asia forced by Stalin.
Modern Uzbeks hail not only from the Turkic-Mongol who first claimed the name, but also from other Turkic and Persian peoples living inside the country's borders. The Comie Soviets, in an effort to "divide and rule" the Turkic people into more easily governable subdivisions, labeled Turks, Tajiks, Sarts, Karakalpak, Khojas and others as Uzbek, thus doubling the size of the ethnicity. Today the government is strengthening the Uzbek group identity to prevent the splintering. Some have assimilated and many Tajiks consider themselves Uzbek although they retain the Tajik language, this may be because they have long shared the same lifestyle.
In general I found the street pepole are hospitable and cheerful and what a refreshing change. The friendly faces can be found almost everywhere and shooting them needs common sense; a bit of scouting around and patience is the key. I adore the elderly in particular and always my favourite people picture - the lines and wrinkles are indeed a treasure trove of faces and each of them tells a story.
Shot taken at Siob Dekh Khan Market in Samarkand and judging by her facial feature this elderly is probably Tajik ethnic with her beautiful gold teeth, a common Central Asian ornamentation.
Thanks for viewing
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mesutilgim (76920) 2012-07-29 13:20
Amazing portrait with good crop and perfect sharpness.
How many stories tells us this aged face !
TFS and best regards
serp2000 (35892) 2012-07-29 13:22
My first idea, that this is very warm clothes for so warm Uzbekistan, but then I saw a date of shot. Impressive portrait of the old woman, with a print of time on the face.
Very interesting note too.
Regards from Poland!
williewhistler (11330) 2012-07-29 14:53
the tight crop helps to emphasise the features of the lady,the lined face and piercing,tired eyes combined with clutch of gold teeth show a person who has much to reflect upon.
The texture and colours of her dress are most important in conveying her situation,a most emotive capture. Fine photography beautifully presented.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-29 16:35
a splendid portrait once more, the composition is very nice. Suggestive photo work with beautiful realization, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
bukitgolfb301 (33772) 2012-07-29 17:44
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH, how are you?
Another very very significant portrait shot!
This shot is so admirable in all points. Not only her expression but also her cap's fearther reflcting with delight back light are so wonderful. Thanks for your sharing with the finest shot and have a good start of a new week! Best regards,
Takero in Tokyo
Cricri (97153) 2012-07-29 22:04
Un visage ridée par le temps et la vie dur dans les montagnes, des yeux fatigué, ces dents en or , son turban colorée embelli son visage, intéressante note et très beau portrait
dkmurphys (44715) 2012-07-30 0:25
Very picturesque face once again. I love the way you see charming faces in this world. Well done.
bayno (18340) 2012-07-30 0:25
A highly intressante note that explains the various ethnic groups in this country unknown to me, even the close up portrait of this helps us to understand the ethnic mix of this nation, gold teeth remind me a little about the Romanian gypsies who then originally appear to come from India, also the somatic character reminds me a little about the nomads of the eastern countries even if you say that's probably a Tajik, the expression is strong and good quality photo...
have a good day...
Silvio1953 (111238) 2012-07-30 0:32
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of old woman, fantastic expression, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Highmountains (2255) 2012-07-30 3:06
Its another of your extraordinarily expressive portraits. Great clarity and blurr. The colour saturation and tone is excellent. The warmth of the thick rough cloth around the face is palpable. The glitter of the golden tooth gives the face a boldness and mood. Thanks for sharing this photograph.
sacimar (25971) 2012-07-30 5:53
this is a good portrait, the face expression of this woman is interesting, details are excellent, it's a good image,
holmertz (34757) 2012-07-30 6:48
This woman's face indicates she has seen a lot and experienced a lot, including a tough climate. She is well captured with perfect sharpness and light, also very nicely cropped, and her shawl adds some bright and welcome colours.
ourania (22868) 2012-07-30 10:34
a very interesting and captivating portrait. The tight frame and the completely blurry background isolate the lady from any point of reference and it's just her and us. We concentrate on her face and glance. Her features might give us an idea of her origin, the wrinkles on her face are the intricate traces of a hard life, her eyes look younger, her glance and expression are very ambiguous, in my opinion, and therefore captivating. I also like very much the lighting, the natural tones and textures and the way the lady's ambiguous face brightens up the frame and the webpage. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
boa (5462) 2012-07-30 11:46
another good photo from interesting Uzbekistan(i must go there in a near future) I agree with many of the comments written below. Her face reveals that she probably have seen a lot and sometimes lived a hard life. Her eyes and her gold teeth are the central point who draws attention to the viewer. A very good portrait but i would have left more space in the bottom of the photo. Well done!
Have a nice evening.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-07-30 12:31
wow! beautiful portrait...
great shot with very good details...
excellent sharpness...interesting gold teeth..
the shawl adds some bright colours...
fantastic expression...lovely close up shot..
Fis2 (79866) 2012-07-30 14:10
A very curious face.
Good colors, sharpness and light.
faubry (35373) 2012-07-30 16:42
Bonsoir abmdsudi , very good portrait with a good croping and sharpness, i like her smile
have a good day
Graal (94194) 2012-07-30 22:55
amazing face and portrait. Good shot. An interesting commentin note. Photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
maria-v1981 (10420) 2012-07-31 6:20
A dramatic potrait. The characteristics of the old lady is very hard and show how difficult years have passed.
Ps.Thank you very much for your constructive comments. For this reason is TE to give advice to each other to become better and better.
Enjoy the day,
eldancer1 (23162) 2012-07-31 9:11
Awesome portrait! Love the expression. Great lighting and dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
chrisvek (6997) 2012-07-31 16:10
Very good portait and so unique and interesting expression of this Asian woman.Very nice Pov which express totally the details.Well done!
adramad (33650) 2012-08-01 14:37
Again a superb portrait, showing the ethnic characteristics of each people, here you have captured so magnificent, the aging of this woman, the perfect sharpness shows in great detail, the wrinkles on his face and his eyes a little tired, as much to think and remember.
This woolen garment that covers her head with its dark color, makes your face highlight even more, the color is great and in perspective.
A magnificent work my friend, as ever in all your pictures. Well done.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-08-01 14:45
molto ben ripresa l'espressività di questo volto solcato dalle rughe.
Taglio stretto di buona qualità,
yquem46 (38118) 2012-08-02 11:30
A strong expressive portrait of this Uzbek woman with golden teeth that I saw as well in KGZ
A great shot from a place I was so close of. I have to return
kato (11140) 2012-08-14 18:09
You're capturing well this portrait by a good tone, so it's always interesting and impressive to see to the face of foreign people. Her countenance seems to pull the blood of Islam and Mongolian as you note. Probably, it originates in a geographical factor. It's impressive in a woolen scarf and colorful hair band, too. The dignity of life is felt from the expression of her face.
Have a nice week.
elenimavrandoni (12047) 2013-07-06 22:39
an extraordinary portrait and a magnificent note as a great dedication to the Uzbek people, well honored and deserved...life's struggle shows in every wrinkle, but the sparkle for challenge still in the eyes and the feminine elegance on the colorful scarf..
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (36444)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-20
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-29 13:14
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