Just outside of the city of Cusco we went to a village where its like taking a step backwards into time.
There are no modern gadgets or tv's or cell phones or highrise architecture here!!
Everything is totally natural, everything is handmade, they live off of the land and grow their own crops and hand make their own clothes.
I attempted to get this woman's attention, I wanted to ask her permission to take her photo but she just sat there totally oblivious to me.
And because I used my wide angle lens, I'm really only about 1-2 feet away from her! She didn't mind at all.
I quickly snapped off a few photo's
Hope you like it
Looking back at this photo and the copy I have on my laptop, TE AGAIN has totally decreased the colors. My version is much more colorful, this post seems a bit dull and colorless...
Whats going on with TE!!
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rigoletto (34255) 2013-06-29 8:20
"get out of my life, you ..." :)
a risky photo, lucky that she didn't unleash her lama herd on you.
wide angle is quite risky to interact with people whose language you can't speak. only in india i guess, you can approach to locals so much. if you come to turkey, then it will also be ok, but never-ever do that in morocco...
beautiful shot with a pastel palette, interesting place (a cafe maybe?) and mild sunlight. your shade, waiting to be kicked out, is a nice bonus.
holmertz (40101) 2013-06-29 8:29
Funny how you all of a sudden got this urge to include people in your pictures ;-). But no cell phones? You must be kidding! Such a place doesn't exist.
The story behind this shot is amusing, but the picture is more exotic and colorful than really great. On the other hand such extreme contrasts are not easy to handle for anyone.
Have a nice weekend,
snunney (82591) 2013-06-29 8:36
She does look rather stern this traditionally dressed lady. Using the wide angle lens has enabled you to place here nicely in the frame and set her in context. Good daily life image.
marina7 (8053) 2013-06-29 8:50
beautiful and unique capture. I doubt that she'd want to kick you out, ladies are usually not so aggressive and kicking someone's ass is a thought that comes to a male's mind first:))
As to her ignoring you, perhaps she was afraid to lose count of the loops of the pattern she was knitting?:))
Enjoy your weekend
Kugart (1778) 2013-06-29 11:13
Taking phographs of people I do not know is always something that I have avoided but I am always in awe of these type of shots on TE and this is no exception.It gives a reel good feel of what life must be like in that small village.Nice shot.
Glint (6165) 2013-06-29 12:46
quite a comic shot as this woman has a right old scowl on. But has someone has already remarked, she was probably just concentrating in order not to drop a stitch. It was rather courageous of you to get up so close. It is a pity that you are not happy with the colours. They look ok to me but I can imagine how vibrant they must be if you are disappointed.
Fis2 (84628) 2013-06-29 13:10
A very interesting scene.
Good reportorial shot.
Excellent frame and colors.
I like this daily life shot.
Well done my friend.
mcmtanyel (12491) 2013-06-29 18:29
I like your POV and the distortion introduced by the wide angle lens. She looks very intent on what she's doing. Nice, colorful clothes.
emka (77500) 2013-06-29 22:29
Like Gert, I do not believe that there are no cell phones there. (I know , in fact well, one person who doesn't have it, it is my husband). Maybe it is decreasing of colours on TE, but for me it is a bit too dark. She has strange hat, it is something new, and I do not like this plastic bag. I wonder if she was knitting the alpaca wool pullover. They are then very tasty for moth :).
With the people in Cusco and around there are no problems with photos. She was probably used to it and didn't react. But on the Taquile Island it would be impossible. They wear a big scarf and in a second they are covered.
When I look at your pictures, I regret I was there in time with not only no cell phones, but unfortunately with no digital cameras. I have eight hours video that I haven't seen for ages. And no photos :(. But I have everything in my memory, so many pictures come to mind!
fabbs99 (16163) 2013-06-30 3:31
Really a nice shot,but the lady is not interested in posing for the shot as it appears from her facial expressions.I always feel that conditions in part of South America are very similar to what it is in rural areas of South Asian Countries like India and Sri Lanka.Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-06-30 3:33
TFS such a beautiful pictures from that part of the world. I like the relaxing atmosphere and the colors. I think those places are very interesting. Well done!
marabu61 (8171) 2013-06-30 9:29
No cell phones? Does such a place really exists still this day? But I can easily believe that these people lead a happier life than us ever stressed city slickers. The laid back pace of life is wonderfully portrayed in this calm little scene.
But then I wouldn't want to mess with this lady to much, considering her stern look.
have a good sunday
ktanska (24626) 2013-06-30 12:30
I wondered what's the story behind the title!
Yes, that foot reveals how close you really were, and makes this quite original. I guess that's your shadow, but that's not so obvious.
Very few get that close to people with wide angle. Polonaise did, I wish he'd return to TE some day.
worldcitizen (6823) 2013-06-30 13:09
This woman doesn't seem too impressed with you and your camera. She can't even be bothered to look up from her knitting. ;-) I like her clothes, and the earthy ground and background. It looks like there are a lot of handmade crafts behind her; she must knit all day! Another nice photo showing traditional life in Cusco.
EstudioChispa (1902) 2013-07-02 12:44
For what it's worth, on my monitor, the background shadows are dark (your shadow in the FG is not so dark -- and is a hilarious inclusion!) and the dirt is a light brown, but all of the other colors seem well-staurated.
delpeoples (53001) 2013-07-09 5:15
Good on you for being so brave. I would have walked off photo-less with my tail between my legs. The rejection would have killed me ;) A fantastic scene, I'm delighted that she's so oblivious to you and the camera, looking directly at you would have taken a little bit of the reality out of the shot. The wide angle worked well and I love the vibrant colours of her costume.
Nice work, thanks for sharing
nikkitta (14618) 2013-07-10 14:31
Yes women in Peru don t mind being photographed, if these one would noticed you, probably will have smile or... after having a close watch, not so sure
About her dress, is a code, by the colors they know from where the person is, it works as a prsentation card or so I was told
The photo is a bit dark
Greetings and congrats for the funny title
kato (11630) 2013-07-25 22:22
This is a sociable photograph, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which this woman wearing traditional clothes has knit goods like a sweater by hand. She seems to own life style in here. Here, neither modern equipment nor TV nor a cell phone is, as you note. However, it seems that man's origin way of life which is not brandished by external information is left behind. Well composed and excellent tone/clarity. And, the light is managed effectively by the shadow and the highlight.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (55614)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-29 7:47