Photo of a Roma lady in charge of second hand clothes sale in the flea market in the town of Polican. She looked like she had the situation completely under control and you would not want to mess with her! There are some 100 thousand Roma people in Albania that have arrived there from the Indian continent some 600 years ago. They speak their own language mixed up with lots of Albanian words. They have been very resilient in maintaining their colourful lifestyles and even the communist state did not quite succeed in its attempt to forceful integration.
Albanians are incredibly tolerant towards other religions, ethnicities and general foreign customs and the Roma people live very peaceful there. That said no one really bothers knowing them better either, quoting Albanian saying: “You live in your house and I live in mine, the street is where we meet!” The transition of Albania to democracy must have been especially difficult for the Roma as when it gets tough it is the “others” that pay the biggest price but in the long run the freedom gives the Roma a great opportunity to maintain their life style and make money out of their superb trading skills.
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holmertz (45927) 2011-12-04 4:29
She has an interesting face. Her very determined look indicates that you captured her right in the middle of her business dealings and I fully trust your opinion that she knew what she was doing. I saw many others like her in the second hand clothes business in Albania who seemed to be doing a good trade. The tilt and the low POV underscore the atmosphere of a quick snapshot while she takes her time to look up just for a second.
tyro (22402) 2011-12-04 5:06
This is a superb capture of this Roma lady. Your wide aperture has shown all the details of her well worn face and her colourful garments against a nicely out of focus background. I'm sure she could drive a hard bargain and, I agree, she does't look like someone you could mess with and still live to tell the tale!
You have caught her character superbly in this shot, Aleks.
BennyV (14693) 2011-12-04 7:23
A strong portrait of a strong woman. She looks quite fierce and determined. Interesting background too.
gildasjan (42720) 2011-12-04 9:58
Un portrait très bien figé qui rend bien l'expression de cette femme et la netteté est bien là où il faut sur les yeux.
Silvio1953 (131682) 2011-12-05 1:23
Ciao Aleks, fantastic portrait of old woman, great expression, wonderful clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
daddo (26102) 2011-12-06 19:06
Another fine work, catching the spirit and something of the life of this Roma matriarch. i love how the sun just reaches her. She does have a direct gaze, but there is a lot to be read in those eyes-centuries of persecution I'd say. Best wishes. Klaudio.
Vasa (16816) 2011-12-09 14:56
Un autre portrait convaincant, surtout par l'expression de ton model. Et je note qu'elle s'est bien habillee, comme "si elle sortait dans la rue". J'apprecie ta note, et comme tu sais, je pourrais rediger presque le meme, de mon point de vue.
- Copyright: Aleks Gjika (agjika) (3616)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-10-24
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon EF24-70mm f2.8L
- Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Albanian Faces [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-04 2:44