This is a close up portrait of an elderly street vendor, a familiar figure around Chau Doc, selling lottery tickets and looked like she had seen many ups and downs in her life. She was an early riser I noticed, like many elderly men and women who were already up at 0430. Her facial features drew attention and I believe that there 's so much inherent beauty that we actually dont look at all the time, and one of the places we often see, that is in the elderly. She has massive amount of life experience for sure and all the wrinkles probably shows her hardest work and who had lived the most.
I was greatly touched in many ways, at her age she seemed to have a hard time making ends meet but admire her steely determination and courage to make a small living. Avoided the eye contact for obvious reasons, and personally this is fraction of meaningful and a life-time learning experience for me. In fact I think she deals through a lot of struggles to survive and the stories of all those are hidden in her look and face, an interesting mosaic about life and a great place to tell a human story.
Once the shutter has been triggered, life cycle continues.....
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krzychu30 (15510) 2012-09-15 9:28
superb portrait picture.Excellently captured and so strong in its expression.Really well close-up and framed.Vibrant colors and very good sharpness help to capture perfectly her facial expression and the hardships of daily-life she has to struggle everyday.
Have a nice weekend
holmertz (45341) 2012-09-15 10:01
This is not such a very old photo, only six years, but I wonder if this old and very frail looking woman is still with us. You took a beautiful portrait and captured her face and hands with all their wrinkle with superb sharpness. This is the kind of picture that makes me feel humble, also one of the reasons I take part in TE.
JFS (32459) 2012-09-15 10:19
Beautiful facial landscape, the quality of the portrait is excellent, top class shot, I like it a lot, and her sweet regard...
thanks for sharing!
bayno (18344) 2012-09-15 11:19
it seems to me that the woman is put on lipstick, this in addition to the fact that with his age is still on the road to work shows a remarkable vitality, sure his face wrinkled tells us much, wonderful shot and beautiful colors, perfect exposure and a beautiful blur that emphasizes the subject...so nice portrait...
mauro61 (52761) 2012-09-15 12:46
la forza di un ritratto espressa tutta in questo tuo meraviglioso scatto.
Gli anni e la sempicità della anziana donna escono dallo schermo e arrivano al cuore.
Una foto che mi piace molto
Fis2 (90131) 2012-09-15 12:55
A very inteeresting note.
spigola (473) 2012-09-15 13:52
Extremelly powerfull composition! The way you caught her expression is very complex and I think that her eyes are even more meaningfull not looking right into the camera but outside, like seeking redemption in another world.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo!
emilbo (22616) 2012-09-15 14:52
Les années ont passées et on laissé leurs traces. Je ne sais pas si le modèle existe encore après 6 ans mais toi tu nous la montre bien dans un excellente qualité d'image qui nous fait bien voir les traces du temps. Un photo touchante à la fois, bien composé et un bon rendu des couleurs.
Merci du partage et bon dimanche,
Ninello52 (7576) 2012-09-15 15:00
Actually a face extraordinary! Beautiful with the bright yellow hat! Excellent cutting. But how will this lady?
Best regards, Nino.
fabbs99 (16817) 2012-09-15 21:44
TThe portrait of tghe lady looks so real.Very well composed with splendid colors and saturation.The lightning is also amazing.Sharpness and clarity are perfect.Magnificent composition.TFS.
Keep sharing and exchanging views.
Best wishes and warm regards
delpeoples (55094) 2012-09-15 22:21
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Wow what a photo and what a title, so very appropriate. This person must be at least 100 years old and I can just imagine the stories she has to tell. You photo illustrates poignantly the hard life she has lead. The light is exquisite and the definition are really what make this a first class image. Congratulations, wow, this photo will stay with me all day.
Graal (100166) 2012-09-16 0:35
amazing portrait of old woman here. Good composition. Difficult shot at 200mm and f/2.8 without the tripod. Result is ok. Well comment in note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
TopGeo (38208) 2012-09-16 0:48
Hello Abmdsudi,A good quality of image, a great sharpness and a few managed-well colors, they make a very interesting composition an amazing a close up portrait and informations. Good shot. Fine theme about the daily life
Have a nice day. Nice work.
claudeD (35533) 2012-09-16 6:26
Wow what an amazing portrait shot . Excellent colors, contrasts and perfect sharpness. The white part on the left side is a little bit disturbing. I would try to take it away. Nevertheless an excellent fotojob.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-09-16 10:28
Impressive portrait of this old lady. Very expressive! High quality picture. Congratulations!
All the best,
ourania (36486) 2012-09-16 12:33
a wonderful portrait, fascinating and meaningful. The tight frame gives emphasis on the weathered face and very interestingly and efficiently includes the lady's hands as well. The yellow hat is extremely eye catching for the viewer and leads to a closer and more attentive look at the lady's eyes, the element that has captivated me more than anything. The textured face and hands speak of the long and difficult past but the eyes have a vividness and a serenity, an interest and a purpose that are striking. I like very much the blurriness of the background that doesn't define her fascinating character in any way. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-09-16 13:28
A picture speaks a thousand words. And this lady says a lot only with the expression of and wrinkles.
Have a nice week,
marabu61 (9503) 2012-09-16 13:55
This is an amazing portrait, she may be old but still so full of life. The way she is looking in the distance tells her whole story.
Great work and I hope she is still going strong.
a good start to the new week
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-16 16:25
a beautiful portrait with very nice composition, the realization is excellent. Suggestive photo work, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
pajaran (55113) 2012-09-16 21:49
Lice gospodje, je mnogo reklo.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lep portret.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, stigla je starost.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Ms. face, he said much.
Good sharpness and contrast, fine portrait.
Good content and composition, age has arrived.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best in the new week that started.
dkmurphys (52823) 2012-09-17 1:07
What a lovely portrait. The old woman has quite a spectacular look with so many years marked on her face. Great work, enjoy a fine week.
danos (90429) 2012-09-17 1:11
great the portrait of the old woman with her placement in the frame to be superb.I Like the quality of the image with the time to passing by so intense over her.
Excellent the light and the colour management with the clarity of the image to brings out the details of it.
Silvio1953 (130518) 2012-09-17 1:40
Ciao Abmdsudi, fantastic portrait with strong expression, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful bright colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (111515) 2012-09-17 5:07
Un visage ridée par le temps...j'aime l'expression douce de son regard, le jaune de son bonnet qui illumine son visage, le cadrage et la note toujours touchante et bien écrite
Waylim (25368) 2012-09-17 9:34
You really have such array of collections from your trip in 2006. All are very wonderful and heart felf image of the people and life in Vietnam. This woman's face is really wall catpure, so much history has edged on this face, the stare, the lack of light in her eyes make it seem deep and sad. She made it through many unhappy time in Vietnam. I would have love to sit down and listen to her stories of the past.
ahmet54 (3113) 2012-09-17 12:38
Salam my friend,
that's a great portrait of an old lady. She must have seen a lot of mess in her life. But the signs of age seen her face show the dignity and the respect she deserves.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2012-09-18 10:37
Such an interesting portrait of this old woman, full of character.
Glad to see you added this image back to your gallery.
eldancer1 (32137) 2012-09-18 12:34
Beautiful portrait of this old lady. Yes, her face looks like she's been around and have experienced life's up and down. Good details and good lighting. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
clic (16092) 2012-09-19 6:16
Quite a sympathic expression of wisdom on her experienced face and most impressive is the fact she's not wearing eyeglasses to operate her small business of selling lottery as a living!
Most-touching scenery adorned of the yellow eyecatcher!
COSTANTINO (59991) 2012-09-19 8:32
no more comments for this photo
this shot is describing a lot of details
one shot is one thousand words
great work from you
fotka (3951) 2012-09-21 5:33
Wow, this is very special portrait. We can't see many people of this age on the street still working. So it was an excellent shot. I like the diagonal composition, vivid colors, great light and extraordinary sharpness.
kato (11630) 2012-09-21 23:09
You're capturing well this portrait by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's impressive to see an elder woman wearing the hat of yellow woolen yarn and with expression which has survived life. It is also impressive woman-like to have attached earing and a bracelet. What are her eyes telling?
gus72 (3719) 2013-05-03 15:52
Hi abmdsudi !!
I would have reacted just like you in front of this venerable lady.....respect and admiration immediately come to my mind.
I agree with..... no eye contact...... that enhances the mystique.
and what I like best in this photo...... is her hand.
Have a nice week end
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-07-13 23:24
the people are who make a land special, the legends like this beautiful lady, every wrinkle is a story of her life but the spark in her eyes is priceless because life is precious at any age!
a magnificent portrait and my compliments to you for honoring the third age!
all the best always from the heart
Periko (3865) 2015-03-10 20:05
She must be at least 90 years old and many stories to tell. Dramatic time marks on her face and in her eyes.
A great portrait
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (46980)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-17
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-15 9:11
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