IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (MARCH 8)
Partly Spanish and partly native Islander, the attractive young woman is seen selling moai statuettes on Easter Island.
Easter Island is a virtual speck 117 square km (45 square miles) in area in the Pacific Ocean covering 165 million square km (64 million square miles). According to modern archaeologists, the island was first inhabited around the year 400 by Polynesians who navigated in a pair of open canoes from Tahiti. Under Hotu Matu’a, their chief, leading them through the uncharted waters, they brought with them their fowl, their religious idols and other memories of their culture on Tahiti. They named the island “Rapa Nui,” as it is still known by the islanders. Then on Easter Sunday in 1722 the Dutch explorer Admiral Jacob Roggeveen came upon the island, abused the inhabitants, and gave the island its present name. Fifty-two years later still Captain Cook came upon the island, and wrote with disdain about the poverty and the frustration of not being able to stock up on provisions for his ships. The worst abuse, however, came in the 19th century by Spanish slavers who transported thousands of natives to South America. Although some were returned to Easter Island at the urging of a compassionate Jesuit priest, their numbers were reduced to a fraction, especially from the diseases brought over from Europe. Neither Roggeveen, nor Cook, nor the Spaniards ventured any theories about the moai. Archaeologists in the 20th century determined that these monolithic rocks, close to a thousand in all, were carved by native artists from hardened volcanic magma during the period from 1250 to 1500, a practice virtually denuding the island of trees (logs presumably had to be used as rollers to transport statues weighing up to 86 tons, with an even more massive one weighing 270 tons that had never left the quarry). According to native lore, "...they walked into place." This has served as a clue for a group of modern archaeologist to propose a new theory that they were moved standing upright. They were never actually lifted off the ground, but rocked back and forth by three teams of people using ropes.
The moai most likely represented the souls of the islanders' ancestors, there to oversee their society and to protect them. They all face inward, as seen in this photo. With steady gazes into the horizon, they make haunting figures, silent witnesses to history. No definitive explanation has been given for whence the practice of creating came, or why it was abruptly abandoned. Visitors now are kept 5-10 yards from the statues, lest they damage them. In 2008 a Finnish tourist was fined $17,000 for breaking off an ear as a souvenir.
Between January 8-20 I was on a working vacation, giving lectures on the cruise ship, Crystal Symphony. Sailing out of Valparaiso, Chile, the Symphony reached Easter Island on the fifth day, 3700 km (2300 miles) from Valparaiso, and an equal distance from Tahiti. Described as one of the most isolated islands in the world, Easter Island has little access to the internet, since communication satellites are not beamed into this part of the Pacific. The itinerary from start to finish appears in the workshop. Between the distance flown and the distance sailed, it covered 27,400 km (17,00 miles). For reference, at the equator the circumference of the earth is 40,000 km (25,000 miles).
Shot in RAW with an extremely sharp 70-210 Nikkor Lens, it is possible to count the individual strands in her windswept hair.
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ACL1978 (7463) 2014-03-01 7:18
Hello again Bulent - a nice candid closeup of the saleswoman, her hair flying in the breeze.
I really envy you this trip; it certainly seems as though you've managed to visit some of the more difficult places to reach on earth! During our trip to South American in the summer of 2012, my wife and I considered trying to get to Easter Island, but the cost was prohibitive. Glad you've managed to do so.
The Moai themselves are wonderfully mysterious items; while the historian in me would be thrilled to finally know the answers to the questions you posited below, another part of me hopes they're never discovered. Wonder is sometimes hard to come by these days.
Thanks for the shot and the chance to ruminate!
Noel_Byrne (20073) 2014-03-01 8:40
This lady is beautiful and she lends well to a photographic subject, especially the wind catching her hair like this which makes me think this could easily be a scene from a movie. The statue makes me smile too, it looks almost as if he has jumped up purposely to be in your photo, a kind of Easter Island form of photobombing :)
All the best
carlo62 (26816) 2014-03-01 14:37
bel ritratto, mi piace la naturalezza che hai ottenuto in questo scatto.
Il vento soffia sul viso della donna e i capelli sembrano muoversi se si osserva con attenzione la foto.
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-03-02 2:11
This is a most charming portrait.
The lady has such a presence!
You have captured the details of her face and hair with great care, just enough sharpness without losing the textures of her skin.
The shallow dof keeps her nicely defined from an oof b/g.
Just a tiny detail but I think she gains more stature if she is placed closer to the l/h side, just a slight crop so her shoulders emerge near the corner.
Have a great day,
mirosu (12270) 2014-03-02 2:25
First thank you very much for your interesting comment to my Clock photo, of course you can use it in your presentation, great honour for me.
Secondly many thanks for your interesting introductory note, I'm dreaming about visiting some of these islands in Pacific Ocean.
Ant at the and, congratulation to this excellent portrait. We cannot see many profile portraits. This one with the hair blown by the wind. Beautiful face in superb light, excellent details (especially the hair).
Very well done
Wish you a very nice Sunday.
jhm (134440) 2014-03-02 4:55
This portrait shows excellent the different colour of the people in the world, also the hair type.
This lady is beautiful and she lends well to a photographic subject to side of the face,
A very well composition, excellent presentation nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
marabu61 (7213) 2014-03-02 5:42
It seems to me that your working holiday on board to the Cristal Symphony is a trip of a lifetime, so many interesting and far removed places you are able to visit.
The portrait of the young woman is interesting, putting her good in context with her goods for sale.
I think the easter islands are a dream for many of us who like to travel. So mysterious and remote. As to the statues, may they well keep their secret, a world without any secrets would be quite boring.
have a great sunday
Gigidusud (13151) 2014-03-02 6:06
Hello dear Bulent,
Great portrait of this beautiful woman. I like the wind catching her hair. Well done!
Greetings from Marseille.
COSTANTINO (50649) 2014-03-02 8:04
Hello dear friend
I like this shot as a portrait with the
young lady and the wind catching her hair
she looks like playing in a movie film
natural colors and details
Fis2 (81501) 2014-03-02 9:10
I like frame and depth.
Have a nice week.
Graal (95069) 2014-03-03 5:58
good shot. Fine captured scene and moment. Also nice natural portrait. Interesting comment in note. I like it.
Have a nice week.
Oceania (4468) 2014-03-03 7:26
It's a nice capture of a portrait from her side. Easter Island is a place I've always wanted to visit. You're so lucky with a working vacation. I heard Crystal is a luxury cruise line.
PS: How interesting we had the same ideas to test our new cameras in Georgia Aquarium, but several years apart.
Corry (4506) 2014-03-04 5:46
Beau portrait de cette jeune femme avec ses cheveux au vent. L'image est vraiment d'une grande netteté. Félicitations.
emka (72206) 2014-03-04 11:58
Heoo dear Bulent,
Wonderful portrait of this young moai seller. Over natural size and we can almost count all her hair. beautiful girl. As to the moai she sll, I do not like it. It looks like made from styrofoam. I usually do not buy souvenirs, what later to do with them, they become just dust collectors. But I brought a wooden object with the rongorongo script. You had wonderful trip, Easter island is the most incredible place on Earth. Visitors now are kept 5-10 yards from the statues, - it was not so when I was there. The native Rapa nui call the spanish (or rather Chlean) weeds - as it is hard to get rid of them.
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eldancer1 (24711) 2014-03-05 7:42
As long as the moai was not made in China I would buy one from this beautiful lady. Good documentation with nice details. Well done, tfs.
serp2000 (37457) 2014-03-06 6:17
Hello, dear Bulent,
Very nice and original portrait of a local girl. Perfect quality as a result of RAW, good equipment and your skills.
All the best wishes,
willperrett (5642) 2014-03-06 14:18
Beautifully sharp where it needs to be, and appropriately defocussed where it doesn't matter: so we concentrate on the face. And a very nice face to contemplate it is too!
Nicou (115244) 2014-03-07 2:18
sueprbe portrait de cette jeune fille merveilleux quel captage en latéral une beauté charmante dame et iamge sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
lousat (71397) 2014-03-07 12:25
Hi Bulent,absolutely beautiful this portrait profile caught in the wind,a very natural pose and fine details and colors,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
wolf38 (30140) 2014-03-07 22:31
Hello Bulent. Also in this photo you could say: nothing is more interesting than people. The page portrait I like - and I like the hair waving in the wind.
pajaran (47796) 2014-03-08 23:48
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o ostrvu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lep portret.
Dobar rad, lepa fotografija za dan zena.
Very interesting and good article on the island, with a history and description of the ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast, beautiful portrait.
Good work, beautiful images of women's day.
All the best.
ChrisJ (94348) 2014-03-09 7:52
Good sharpness and nice use of a shallow dof. Excellent inclusion of the tiki like stone sculpture for souvenir sales. Looks windy. The profiled portrait of the woman works well. Will try to get to Istanbul in April if I am still here. Have a nice day.
Silvio1953 (115063) 2014-03-11 12:49
Ciao Bulent, great portrait of lovely woman with intense expression, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Didi (54663) 2014-03-12 10:37
Salam my friend
Very good natural profile of this pretty local lady
She has a vey nice natural attitude
nikkitta (12742) 2014-03-12 14:29
Lot of exotic places, did you have time for conferences?
Not for sure this windy day when you obtained this good portrait of the attractive seller
Good to blur the BG but managing to show some of the staues on sale
Thanks for the interesting, informative note
macjake (51348) 2014-04-06 12:40
really enjoyed the read.
when i did my own research it was very disheartening to read about the rape and deaths of the islanders from invading ships...absolutely horrible.
I sometimes feel that we as human beings although we are at the top of the food chain, are the stupidest beings on the planet.
its enjoyable knowing that there are only a few of these sellers on the island, but perhaps in the coming decades that will change.
Glad you were able to have the Easter Island experience. the main star here looks like an Islander :)
aliabazari (10918) 2014-04-17 0:27
Hi Bulent Dear Friend
Portrait of a beautiful display. Very well.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34575)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-210 f4.5-5.6
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-01 6:03