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Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Mexico 2010
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Nikon
Location: Taxco, Mexico
Date: Jan 8, 2010
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2010

...why are you taking pictures of me? ...why am I so old? ...why am I so lonely? ...why am I going to die? ...why did I live? ...why?

Maria (that's her name) was sitting on a sidewalk in a little mountainous Mexican town Taxco. While I don't speak much Spanish, I spent about half an hour with her and was allowed to take a number of photos. She has an amazing face. Strangely, her intense inquiring gaze reminds me the famous afghan girl, by Steve McCurry, some untold years later...

Place: 13 out of 388
Avg (all users): 6.7580
Avg (commenters): 7.5833
Avg (participants): 6.7130
Avg (non-participants): 6.8810
Views since voting: 1905
Views during voting: 315
Votes: 157
Comments: 15
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/06/2010 01:18:12 AM
What a gut wrenching expression.
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02/08/2010 08:35:23 AM
I'm so in awe! Yes! Her face stirs the soul and inspires me. In my own love for capturing story telling faces, I have found that women are typically much less willing to be photographed than men. So seeing this makes me appreciate your work even more. There's something about her old old face that emanates a childishness too. Maybe the pouty lips -- something. But it's so beautiful seeing the contrast -- and the similarities of the aged and the young and innocent. And its one I'll remember long after clicking away to other things!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 06:56:41 PM
B/W would have been excellent here
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02/07/2010 12:51:36 PM
What an incredible shot. Would love to know story behind it. One of the very best in this challenge. 10
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02/06/2010 09:27:57 PM
An amazing Portrait.
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02/06/2010 07:07:31 PM
An evocative portrait which speaks volumes in Silence. Superb & eloquent capture. And do we have an Answer for the Question?
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02/05/2010 10:17:05 PM
why not?
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02/03/2010 10:55:19 PM
That's a face to be studied, she's certainly seen a lot as evidence in her face and eyes. The blanket adds so much, it's worn nearly as much as she is.
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02/03/2010 01:01:51 PM
Nice detail.
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02/03/2010 08:49:08 AM
What character and history in her face. Perhaps a tighter crop would have emphasized the face even more. 8
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02/03/2010 12:33:45 AM
Why the title? The face alone speaks volumes. Powerful image.
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02/01/2010 04:36:01 PM
Great portrait, with good title. Hope this does well.
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02/01/2010 06:36:52 AM
wow, great detail ... very good 8
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02/01/2010 05:38:52 AM
frighteningly intense!

those eyes, that look, pierce the screen! a photograph that moves me and makes me think a lot...

is not a vote that make a photograph interesting, but my vote in this case is a ten...
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02/01/2010 05:11:04 AM
Excellent natural portrait. Good colours and great details
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