Amazing Place...Amazing Face....Thailand

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I saw her first from a distance. She caught my attention right away. It was not because she was old and time was showing on her face. It was because she seemed so independent, with a bit of spry in her step and a cheerful bobbing of her head, and beings very elderly I immediately found her inspiring.
She was clearly enjoying herself, yet as I walked on the boardwalk of shops, that were hoping to sell something to the people, I could see she was not shopping. Rather she was observing. Her eyes noticed the ‘others’ that were passing her by.
I wanted her photograph her right away, but felt shy to ask her. I did not know her language, nor do I really know the social rules of expectation of such a request. So I decided to go on the sly. I raise my camera to my chest…with my telescopic lens extended. I aim and shoot, then quickly look to see if I got her…no it is blurred. I am not a good street photographer, in the sense that I can point from the hip and estimate the distance and get those decreet shots.
Practice as I have, it simply never works for me.
Feeling disappointed, I step into the shadows, raise my camera to my eyes, focus on her and shot, but she is moving quicker then I bargained for and again the photo is not sharp. Just as I was thinking what I might do, give up or ask her, she is a few feet from me, pointing at me. I raise my eyes in surprise as she comes toward me. She stops, looks at my camera, she neither smiles nor frowns. I lift my camera look into the view finder, there she is in all her elderly glory, looking staright at me, I get one click. I lower my camera as she folds her hands and bows respectfully to me. I fold my hands and bow back. I tell her, she is elegant and beautiful. I know she cannot really understand me, but she did understand that I saw her and that she stood out. I saw her eyes twinkles, and a wee small smile pull at her lips, with a bow of her head, she turned and was gone.
Too me, she was the photo…or the picture, of Thailand in all of its fullness. What she has lived, what her eyes have seen in her life-time, what her heart has endured, is all written in her amazing sweet face. I am honoured to have captured her, in this brief, but frozen moment of time. I have seen Thialand!
Lens 18-135mm
04/03/2017 - 11:16JudithAnn
CategoryPhoto Journalism
Shutter Speed1/8000
Focal LengthN/A


Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 11:32
Amazing photo, amazing story of an amazing lady..very well done.


Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 12:05
Beautiful in all ways.


Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 12:27
THX for sharing your infos....a picture well woth thousands words.....You described that moment using about 500 words in your photo infos...500 words left are all in her eyes.
LIKED your photo It well worth POTW, for sure
Give a go in least try
Last Edited by GIULIO57 on 04/03/2017 - 12:27


Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 16:02
What a fantastic face to be able to capture, i would have chickened out, so glad you didn't! you've done a wonderful job
Kind regards Maria


Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 16:07
Thank you so much..... Couldn't share the photo with out the story..sigh!

Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 16:50
Thank you for sharing a special image and your story behind the capture.
“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams


Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 19:54
A very striking portrait.
Best wishes,


"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
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Link Posted 04/03/2017 - 22:30
If this doesn't grab your eyeballs, nothing will!!


Link Posted 05/03/2017 - 07:36
Fantastic photo with a great story.




Link Posted 07/03/2017 - 22:24
For one who is a little uncertain about street photography this took a lot of courage. Well done Judith!

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)


Link Posted 07/03/2017 - 23:18
Again....many thanks. I love your feed back. It did take some courage, she had way more then I did!



Link Posted 09/03/2017 - 11:02
Great portrait. Love the hat! Good result for a 18-135 wide open (or nearly).

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