In a hot day, all normal people are enjoying the time, sitting in shady cafe, sipping beer and observing the life around. Only crazy photographer and this African woman went around. The important difference was that I did it for pleasure and she for living for her and the baby. She was trying to sell some beads but the people pretended they didn't see her. But moment later, when she turned around, they looked at her. It seems I was invisible the whole time :). The light was harsh, the background is unsharp, but I liked this view.
It would be nice to sit there, but when I am by myself it is not such a pleasure. But the next day, when I met in Jerez our friend Angel and his wife Toni, we had some delicious tapas and gazpacho, and tea.
And I must confess, that when I was walking in hot, it came to my mind that a cold beer maybe is not such a bad thing.
I was with my two backpacks (not heavy) and camera in hands, but look, my head was still free :)
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papagolf21 (103026) 2014-07-13 2:00
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
La vendeuse exotique ne semble pas attirer les foules, et pourtant, sa posture devrait
Bonne image très réactive;
parvatibb (1387) 2014-07-13 2:15
I like how the African people use color in their cloths. I think she is also carrying her infant at her back in their traditional way.
A nice presentation for a birthday :) Wish you many more healthy ages full of great trips!! I can't really follow your trips any more :D I made a small business one to Dresden I really like it. Planning another one for August :)
PaulVDV (29535) 2014-07-13 2:50
So this is the real 'Bella de Cádiz'!
Have you ever considered also to carry your luggage on your head so you have both hands free to take pictures?
Africans form a commonly picture in the street scene of Spanish cities, just like in Belgium.
Best regards, Paul
marabu61 (11061) 2014-07-13 3:20
What better is there then sit in the shade of a nice restaurant, sipping a cold beer, nibbling some Tapas or a refreshing Gazpacho, while observing the passing flow of people. Event all by yourself this can be tremendously enjoyable and relaxing.
How hard it must be for this african women to try to make a living for her and her baby on the back, by trying to sell her wares to the unfriendly tourists.
have a great sunday
snunney (100850) 2014-07-13 3:26
A sight to be seen in many tourist towns, a lady trying to sell some souvenirs and the prospective customers feigning ignorance. I am afraid I am also guilty of such behaviour! A typical daily life scene very nicely captured despite the harsh lighting conditions. The lady's colourful dress makes a fine focal point.
holmertz (54363) 2014-07-13 3:52
I really pity all these poor Africans who try to make a living in Europe, especially in the Mediterranean area, having in most cases first risked their lives to cross the sea. Nobody ever wants to meet their gaze, but everybody sees them, of course. And this woman even has to carry her little baby on her back in the heat. Being an invisible photographer sounds perfect, but being an invisible African is really hopeless.
Next time you go to a place like this you should try to relax in a cafe sometimes, even on your own. I bottle of cold beer can be a perfect companion, believe me!
And do you know what? Today I made zurek for lunch! Delicious, just as good as in Poland. But like you I was lazy and bought the sour essence. There is a Polish grocery-shop not far from where I live.
macjake (69223) 2014-07-13 4:02
Ah yes, this brings back memories of being in Cuba.
Same type of thing everywhere you go.
Funny how i didn't really even notice the baby on her back until i read Gert's note!
and to be honest, I think i prefer the 'other' photo more than this one :)
I guess because here nobody is looking at you, but in the other shot there seems to be more attention paid to you.
but still, colorful shot here, and a true daily life event being taken place. Poor lady is being ignored :)
Happy B-Day by the way :)
Hope you had a great one
Sergiom (81881) 2014-07-13 5:46
Elle me fait penser à la célèbre chanson "les dames de Cadiz ". Quelles belles formes bien affirmées et mise en valeur, ainsi que le grand art de tenir quelque chose sur la tête.
Noel_Byrne (31674) 2014-07-13 6:38
I think the light in this is very good, it is like a spotlight on this woman, and even from behind I can see she has a wide smile. I also like the blued background, it makes this lady the star of the scene. It is funny that in the real world here, everybody pretended to not see this woman selling her wares, but you as he photographer have seen her and made her the centre of a great shot. How ironic that they did see here, and your workshop proves that, but they did not see you creating the scenes :)
Thanks as always
Nicou (144332) 2014-07-13 6:43
c'est vraiment la belle de Cadiz superbe image de cette élégante dame quelle compo et vue quelle couleur et image grandiose compo et captage superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37900) 2014-07-13 12:02
Interesting picture, the woman in a very colourful dress can´t interest the persons in the café, they seem to ignore her completely. But a very fine picture with life and colours.
carlo62 (50143) 2014-07-13 16:19
una riflessione molto profonda la tua, c'è sempre chi fa le cose per divertimento e chi le fa per sopravvivere, due punti di vista completamente diversi, ma che fanno parte dello stesso mondo.
Bella serie di scatti, fotograficamente, il vestito colorato della donna attira l'attenzione e crea un punto visivo di grande effetto.
rychem (37459) 2014-07-13 20:02
Kolory ubrań Europejczyków są nudne przy kolorach Afryki. Ta kobieta też się wyróżnia. dobrze złapana scenka
Fis2 (99794) 2014-07-14 0:10
Fajna scenka z ulicy.
Dobre reporterskie foto.
daddo (26904) 2014-07-14 1:09
Hi Malgo. What a stance this woman has- it speaks of patience, perseverance and to some degree of being impervious to the indifference around her. A mother who couldn't leave her child with family because they are probably all in Africa. So the little one has to endure the heat as well. Ah, the kindness of strangers... Pozdrawiam. Klaudio.
jcpix (13930) 2014-07-14 13:56
Hey there, you crazy photographer!
How nice is it when someone else takes the focus from your lens and you can achieve such a natural and organic picture, with no one being upset that you're "prying" into their personal space?
Her presence tells a lot about society in general, and what it takes to survive at times. I always feel bad when people won't even acknowledge their existence. Unfortunately there are far too many people which are scamming the emotions of others without truly needing assistance.
Social commentary aside, this really is a great shot, and her colorful dress makes quite a focal point in this composition and daily life moment. So, I assume then, you never rest the camera on your head....you know, that would make for a super point of view photo! :) Have a wonderful evening. Take care.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-07-15 9:03
This is a fine street shot. I like the naturalness and spontaneity of this one. The lady seller is performing a balancing act in more ways than one while the indifferent people pretend not to Notice! Lovely vibrant colours and the unshared background doesn't harm the picture in any way.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
serp2000 (44612) 2014-07-16 0:51
Wow! Just a circus! ))) But these people don't want to contact with this so original person. Your scene reminds me some African sellers and the street hair-dressers in Sta. Susanna.
Very picturesque daily life shot, you are right is not so bad thing for a hot day.
All the best wishes,
aliabazari (16170) 2014-07-17 20:42
Hi Malgorzata dear
Nice shot of your seed like the African woman. I would like you to look at this woman vendor. Exposure resolution nicely done. Congratulations and thank you for submitting this beautiful picture.
mcmtanyel (24041) 2014-07-23 20:02
In other words, you were still a sandwich, haha! The trinket seller's dress is very colorful, I assume it's traditional African dress. I like the blurred background. Poor little child's head is taking a beating from the sun. Good daily life scene from Cadiz.