This little girl is struggling to carry a load of pandanus fruit that she and her older brother have collected in the jungle near their home. I spotted them walking along the side of a dirt road on Buota islet, Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati. Anyone who has collected pandanus fruit will know how heavy they are. Her brother was walking a few metres in front of her empty-handed, so I suppose that indicates that in the Gilbertese culture it is women that who do all the hard work – even at an early age.
I had a choice of using this close-up or a wide shot of the little girl trailing the brother. The latter would have told the story about the women doing all the work, but I chose this close-up as her frowned expression says as much as the wide shot. PP: cropped, contrast +8, saturation +13, unsharp mask.
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devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-07-19 7:15
Very lovely portrait.
Very beautifull composition with excellent sharp. Yhe little girl have a nice expression .
serenadanesi (944) 2005-07-19 7:30
Very nice portrait. Your note is very usefull, it is difficult to image that these fruits are so heavy.
ducnc (814) 2005-07-19 8:48
I like this photo. Very lovely portrait, It's clean and sharpness.
Amirsun (2122) 2005-07-20 6:54
Excellent Portrait david!
very nice photo with excellent use of DOF, also good details.
Tanks for sharing
Piotr_Angiel (2564) 2005-07-20 12:27
I like this kind of portraits - people during their daily life... like this little girl with breadfruit. Also I like this white flash in her eyes.
Greetings - Piotr
michalu (810) 2005-07-21 9:40
A beauty photu of the small girl with the plants in her hands. Greate colors and compo.
Alexiane (83) 2005-07-27 9:12
I like this portrait a lot, your note is useful, but the expression of the little girl could have been enough.
Thank you for sharing
capthaddock (28790) 2005-07-28 9:20
Hi David - fantastic portrait, the effort she's making is evident, and very colourful. I have never seen this fruit, what is called breadfruit in the carribbean looks very different, it is round and green like a melon shape and spiky skin.
benkrut (2407) 2005-11-04 12:32
Great portrait of the beatiful young lady. You cought a very nice moment when she's carrying the fruits.
Thank you for all the information you posted in your notes - your pictures are the only source of images from Kiribati here in TE.
dgermain (327) 2005-12-19 22:59
3thumbs up! what a beautiful capture...
played with it for a quick WS
siolaw (38292) 2006-01-25 1:08
hi!! nice photo but as far as i am concerned,....that is not bread fruit!!!and i am 1000% sure!
i think it is the fruit of pandanus......i just checked and... iwas right ! see that link
in the end of the page you ll see the unbroken fruit!!!
david (3992) 2006-05-26 11:33
beautiful shot david ... but shots like this make me sad, because i think of the carefree lives of pampered kids here in korea. i compare that to kids i've seen in cambodia, laos, thailand and other countries. these kids have to work all day to make money for their families.
like the 4 year old boy outside angkor wat who only knew two english words: "two dollars".
beautiful portrait of a sweet, young face and the sadness in those eyes.
wolf38 (31296) 2006-07-10 7:33
This is one of the most beautiful photos which I saw in TrekEarth. At the photo everything is correct: the grace of the beautiful girl, the picture composition, the colors etc. Outstanding. Greeting, Wolfgang
JonteW (190) 2006-11-24 17:19
"Good" tormented expression in the girl's face. Lovely colors overall. I wonder how this would have looked in a portrait format?
fserajian (2299) 2007-07-02 13:20
A very nice photo well captured. TFS
happypoppeye (4819) 2007-07-05 13:01
I thought I was fairly good at geography until today. It seems though, that you have been to a country that I did not even know existed...I learn something about the world everytime I visit this site.
Great portrait. The title is a great interpretation of the girls expression. Nicely composed with a good background and good color.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-01-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, UV
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/180 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Blogger slideshow, Kids from the World Part VI [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-07-19 7:08
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