Photographer's Note

A slice of life here along the road near Samarkand enroute to Tashkent, a quicky hip shot without looking at the view finder when I came across this young farmer on a donkey cart in a rather old world feel - the indispensable ship of the desert and still a fundamental part of the lives of Uzbek rural lifestyle. As the technology developed at its peek but the poor donkey is still doing the same labour.

I love his direct eye contact and his surprising honest emotions, natural expression and joy veering into the view finder spontaneously as my shutter is released and for one second his face says a lot, and spur-of-the-moment liveliness. This is just daily routine of ordinary people, one of Uzbekistan's inhabitants decend from Koreans who still probably do not know what the word luxury means. Uzbek people are absolutely adorable, despite being poor, they are always happy and nice with visitors and It is refreshing to see those people that don’t have much money always smiling. Uzbeks are actually the 4th happiest people in the world believe it or not !! and are always very happy to talk to visitors. The smiling faces were just the thing to lift my spirits after a long hectic trip on the old Russian bus and I knew instantly that I was going to enjoy Uzbekistan!

There are approximately 200,000 ethnic Koreans community in the country, most are descendants of Korean immigrants who were deported forcibly to the region by the commie Soviet government in the late 1930s.

Picture UnEdited as seen by the lens without V&H lines adjusted, camera preset on auto mode. Cut off on edges and Tilted horizontal line are Expected

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