Photographer's Note

Portrait of an ethnic 'Ngada' elderly from Bena village located on the slope of Ineri Volcano 2500m elevation, in Central Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province.

Here is a more general view of a facial landscape with her deep facial characteristics showing a whole lifetime in a face. The years have clearly taken their toll on this face and full of wisdom that I really love to shoot, one of my fav and my usual genre of subject matter.

The visible pigment is a result of continuous betel chewing, a culture & tradition amongst the elderly across this remote island.

I have played a little with the shadows and highlights to bring out every single wrinkle, 210mm lens handheld and deliberately underexposed slightly to get the exposure right and beef up a light mid-tone contrast

Not a pretty face for sure but I love her expression and her glance. Just tender and sincere....

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