This is Lee Ester Alita Lee, Clairvoyant and "Gypsy Advisor". I passed her booth at Whitby harbour several times but this was the first time that I spotted her at her window. I took my chance and ask her if I could take her picture. She happily obliged and said to me that she didn't take life too seriously. One of the signs nearby says "The hand is the mirror of life".
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Noel_Byrne (33426) 2014-05-19 11:24
This is very cool, she looks almost surprised to see your lens, but I read she gave permission. She seems caught off guard and that makes the whole image seem so real and appealing. I love he you have framed her with the door, and the lights in the background make her environment both inviting and very mysterious at the same time.
Very nice portrait.
Thanks as always
tyro (26142) 2014-05-19 11:46
This is a lovely portrait, very well taken indeed. What I really love about it is the fact that it doesn't look "posed" in the slightest - it almost looks as though you have caught her just as she was speaking to you. There's excellent eye contact with the photographer which is always a good thing in a portrait too.
The nice soft sidelighting has brought out all the interesting features in this lady's face and the colours in her clothing are beautiful. The background, too, is appealing as it is both interesting and yet not at all distracting because of its relative darkness.
danos (102558) 2014-05-19 12:18
nice the potrait of the old woman as spotted her at her window with this pose.I don't know if her prognosis for the future is right for her customes.
abmdsudi (57176) 2014-05-19 23:49
Smile ever lasts! A spontaneous split second shot in the nick of time packed with some nice soothing colours, depth and placement that you've really brought this to life. I love the way the charming vintage lady is looking straight at the camera showing her lovely cheerful expression& hint of smile and her positive body lingo and something for my eye to be drawn to. An excellent contextual candid and rewarding shot with appropriate toning also gives it an aged appeal and one can see that you have had a great observation skills put to good use. Good picture of a grand lady, an interesting insight with the sparkling crystal balls and window signs put this together into perspective and really wonderful feeling of 'life' that she conveys. A marvelous shot. Congrats
Have a great day
saxo042 (37966) 2014-05-20 1:16
A very good and well framed portrait with her hands outside the frame. She looks quite British though. Good colours.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-05-20 15:09
I like the composition ! The opened window povides a nice frame to this woman. She's quite expressive, that's a nice portrait.
Royaldevon (42569) 2014-05-22 1:59
Oh, you did well with this!
She is the perfect image with her shawl and big gold earrings!
I love how she appears to be emerging from her own photograph frame!
Great sharpness and great colours.
Have a good day,
willperrett (11760) 2014-06-07 6:48
And a true environmental portrait. Great expression, experienced face, interesting gestures. Proper job.
wolf38 (31296) 2014-06-18 2:56
Hi Bev You know, I like the images of people. The portrait of the clairvoyant is very human and realistic. The proximity to this woman here is the key. Overall, a strong photo.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
mjw364 (1466) 2014-06-18 10:24
The hand is the mirror of life, the eyes the window to the soul and her fingernails look like great back scratchers!
A portrait in keeping with the genre and your liking for Martin Parr's work. I saw a Martin Parr exhibition in Barcelona in the next room to the one I refer to in the note about the homeless man picture I took. It was called The Non-Conformists and was about a community around the methodist chapels and towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden in Lancashire. It was excellent - old school photography as it should be telling a story about the people in the context of their lives - pretty much as yours does above.
CLODO (35616) 2014-06-20 5:45
she should have "seen" that you intended to take her portrait, I like the balancing hand and the lighted area inher booth.
jcpix (13930) 2014-06-22 19:21
This is a wonderful portrait shot, there's so much character in that face and expression. :) I couldn't help but notice her sharpened fingernails however...hope she doesn't have a dark side. haha I really like the fact she apparently doesn't take life too seriously...you gotta' have some fun with it, yeah? :) A really well taken and presented image. Nicely done! Enjoy the new week ahead.
TopGeo (38216) 2014-06-24 4:25
Hello Bev Portrait with gives it special meaning, what in turn creates the photographic event and brings value to the photograph, is the relationship between them. In other words, the dialogue. Finally, the quality of the dialogue is directly related to the quality of the photograph One of the many characteristics which guarantee the dynamism of a photograph is the so-called dialogue contained within it. It is a fact which nowadays tends to be forgotten that whatever establishes artistic suggestion, its dynamism, its prototype and its tension must be contained in the work of art itself in the moment..thanks Geo
holmertz (58322) 2014-07-09 12:00
I didn't see this nice portrait before. She probably knew even before you arrived that she would be on Trekarth. That's why she so readily agreed to the photo. Maybe she even knew you would take a perfect portrait and crop it very well. I like the inclusion of the motto above her window and how she is leaning towards you. The exposure is perfect and we get a glimpse of the mysterious interior of her office.