In this village I was invited to two homes, had a few drinks (rice alcohol) and was offered a meal. I felt humbled and honoured as I know that sometimes they struggle to feed their own.
Suddenly someone brought a portable table in, some nice bowls for the rice and eggs and there I was mesmerized by the kindness of the villagers. It was an amazing experience.
The available light entering their homes was awesome. I felt like taking advantage of such kindness but I couldn’t resist to ask if I could take some pictures.
I didn’t take many shots as I felt that wouldn’t be fair to those kind people. They were there full of questions, they wanted to know things, they wanted to share experiences!
Enjoying the moment and the experience was way more important than taking photos.
Awesome available light. I don’t know if I will ever be able to have shots like these ever again! Probably not!
The smoke was a bonus! It added interest and a certain atmosphere to the photo.
The kid in the centre was absolutely fascinated about my camera. He could not take the eyes off it. Amazing expression!
Three kids… They brought the “kid” in and asked me to have it photographed.
Then my heart almost stopped! When I was about to leave I saw this lady, inexplicably beautiful and elegant, like a character coming out of a “Star Wars” movie.
I couldn’t wait, I was afraid she would disappear. With my 35mm lens on I took some shots but I wanted more. I wanted to have some shots of her taken with shallower depth-of-field, so I quickly made the switch to my 85mm 1.4G lens.
I kept pressing the shutter and praying to get at least one good shot. I think I have never wanted a shot that much! I had her in front of me for just about a minute or less.
I felt sorry as she was getting more and more uncomfortable having me photographing her so close. I couldn’t lose the photo opportunity, I was trembling with excitment.
In the end I got the shot. For a split second she stopped and looked straight into the lens! Maybe it is not the best shot in the world but it is unique and precious to me.
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