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When we were in Chiang Mai, Tricia and I arranged ourselves a trip to a Karen hill tribe village some distance outside the city. The Karen people are mainly situated in Burma, but some are settled over the border in Northern Thailand. It is believed that their ancestors originated from Tibet. The village was found up a narrow track and was built on the side of a steep hill.

It is traditional for the Karen women to wear spirals around their necks that give the appearance of giraffe-like proportions. The origins of the tradition are uncertain. We were told by our guide that young girls from around the age of five wear a small(ish!) spiral, which is changed at puberty for a larger and longer spiral, with the final change coming when they reach adulthood. We were also told that they are even buried wearing their spiral and that the only time that they take it off is on their wedding night. The spirals are heavy and one version of the tale tells that the weight slowly crushes the collar bones to give the appearance of the long neck, while the second and possibly more accurate version asserts that the weight causes the rib cage to 'sag', pulling down the shoulders and giving the long neck appearance.

The image above is of a young Karen girl aged about ten years old. She was a beautiful child but unfortunately she did not embellish that beauty with a smile. I did not ask her to pose, I simply captured the image as she stood leaning against a table. The village was full of traditional handicrafts for sale and when we purchased some items from the young girl, we got a most gorgeous smile, but this was so fleeting that it was not possible to capture it.



I am very busy at the moment following up a review meeting with social services and health authorities regarding the immediate and longer term care provision for Tricia's mum, who has Alzheimer's. I will endeavour to catch up on portfolios and recent uploads over the coming days, but if I simply click rather than comment, I hope you will understand.

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 9:27 AM

Wonderful image Alan and a very informative write up. Shame she didn't smile for you though. Good luck with your review meeting. Hope all goes well.
I am currently offshore and internet access is limited so apologies for the sporadic clicks and comments.
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anpix  688 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 9:41 AM

nice photo, great composition

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 10:06 AM

I have mixed feelings on this. She is so beautiful, her look is dignified and graceful, she doesn't need to smile. But it's a horrendous practice.
Moira

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 10:09 AM

Thank you for the information, I think it is better really that she did not smile, she is rather hauntingly beautiful and a smile may have destroyed that look.
I am so pleased that this particular tradition did not catch on here!! On her wedding night when she takes it off she must surely feel dizzy, and not just with love either.
Great shot
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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 10:12 AM

Many thanks Paul, Andrew, Moira and Mavis, very much appreciated - Alan

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
15 Apr 2008 - 10:15 AM

Super shot of a beautiful girl.
Cheers
Alan

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una  11 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 10:34 AM

Fabulous image and great write up.
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15 Apr 2008 - 10:34 AM

What a beautiful image Alan, superbly captured

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15 Apr 2008 - 10:42 AM

Fantastic capture and informative commentary as usual Alan.

Best Matt

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 10:45 AM

Many thanks Alan, Una, Dave and Matt, very much appreciated - Alan

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imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 10:47 AM

This is so charming, she is a beautiful young lady. very well taken and described
ian

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 11:05 AM

An attractive young lady, well photographed, but I feel sorry for her having to wear those rings.
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15 Apr 2008 - 11:19 AM

Great shot, Alan, superb detail of this beautiful young girl.
Derek

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 11:26 AM

Many thanks Ian, Roger and Derek - Alan

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15 Apr 2008 - 11:27 AM

Beautiful image, excellent write up,
Fred.

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delboy1145
15 Apr 2008 - 11:29 AM

I think a smile might have spoilt a simple natual pose
Dave

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Andree_Borrel
15 Apr 2008 - 11:32 AM

First class Alan

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
15 Apr 2008 - 11:44 AM

I wouldn't smile if I had to wear those awful rings.
Great candid shot though Alan and something very different.
Annette

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peterhookwilde
15 Apr 2008 - 12:46 PM

nice photo and story

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15 Apr 2008 - 12:47 PM

Excellent portrait

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 12:50 PM

Many thanks Fred, Dave, Graham, Annette, Peter and John - Alan

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15 Apr 2008 - 12:50 PM

A lovely looking lady captured beautifully Alan. - gary

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Milla
Milla  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 1:03 PM

This one is strong because of the story behind.
Seen loads of shots of mature women with those rings, but young, pretty girl wearing them.. well, it definitely makes a strong impression.

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15 Apr 2008 - 1:05 PM

What a beautiful girl. Interesting cultural tradition...glad it hasn't caught on in the west.

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glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 1:11 PM

Crikey that's different.
You are right she is a beautiful child, I don't know what to think of this tradition, I suppose it is similar to the images we see here with piercings and rings.

Great capture.

Robert

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 1:22 PM

Many thanks Gary, Milla, Joline and Robert - Alan

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GalleryGirl
15 Apr 2008 - 1:32 PM

Poor thing but I guess it's their tradition and perhaps we shouldn't judge.
Well captured - beautiful image.
Marilyn x

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jeffa  932 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 2:13 PM

Lovley face: it's ashame that these women and girls are still subject to these sorts of traditions. Jeff

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challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 2:32 PM

Oh Alan, your images are simply terrific and this one is no exception. It was amazing to see that in that village the women done these rings. I thought that it was only here in Africa where this was still happening!

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 2:47 PM

Many thanks Marilyn, Jeff and Challice, very much appreciated - Alan

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15 Apr 2008 - 3:02 PM

impressive portrait !
what a look on her face...

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15 Apr 2008 - 3:25 PM

excellent image...she looks so sad .. she is a beautiful little girl..

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15 Apr 2008 - 3:43 PM

Very interesting info - and a lovely photo. Do agree with Dawn though that she does look sad. Bruce

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 3:55 PM

Many thanks Pascal, Dawn and Bruce - Alan

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VintageRed
15 Apr 2008 - 4:07 PM

As always Alan, your patient and full explaination adds to the impact of the image.
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microchip  7 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 4:12 PM

A lovely capture Alan and an excellent narrative
she looks a gorgeous child,
Alan

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 4:18 PM

Many thanks Alan and Nick, very much appreciated - Alan

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15 Apr 2008 - 4:25 PM

A very evocative image, Alan and your description fills in the rest of the picture so well.

Best wishes

David

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15 Apr 2008 - 4:34 PM

Ouch! Wouldn't fancy wearing those spirals one bit. It's a beautiful portrait though and she looks very calm and composed.
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15 Apr 2008 - 4:35 PM

It's a great portrait.

But I am not sure I agree with young girls wearing neck rings I know it must be their custom but I feel it's barbaric & not good for the young girls well being
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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 4:43 PM

Many thanks David, Sandra and Glynnis - Alan

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AlanC1  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 4:45 PM

You are a true master of this type of photography. Excellent expressional shot as usual.
Alan

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15 Apr 2008 - 4:53 PM

Nice portrait image Alan - well captured.
Regards Richard.

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 4:59 PM

Wonderful capture Alan, maybe she could'nt smile because of the rings?

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15 Apr 2008 - 5:05 PM

Top class Alan. Very well done.

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 5:07 PM

Many thanks Alan, Richard, Bernie and Albert - Alan

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15 Apr 2008 - 5:16 PM

Love the write up - and such a haunting image - magic

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15 Apr 2008 - 5:26 PM

A superb shot, and such a lovely informative write up.
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15 Apr 2008 - 5:39 PM

Beautiful portrait with nicely enigmatic expression.
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Bogdan_Fiscutean

Very nice.

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 5:54 PM

Many thanks Robert, Geoff, Rende and Bogdan - Alan

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TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 6:09 PM

Strikingly beautiful.

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kanu
kanu  6 India
15 Apr 2008 - 6:09 PM

What an idea of making the neck look longer, a good shot

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phototime  8 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 6:17 PM

She is beautiful Alan,wonderful portrait.

Mo

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15 Apr 2008 - 6:28 PM

Stunning Alan. beautiful golden tones too. helen x

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AlanBW  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 7:11 PM

Many thanks Tel, Kanu, Mo and Helen - Alan

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15 Apr 2008 - 7:15 PM

This is a lovely portrait, Alan, and your narrative is so interesting. I cannot believe that those rings are comfortable. However, when I think of what women here do to themselves in the name of fashion, the mind boggles. I would assume that the rings are compulsory and that she has no choice. That's something different.

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15 Apr 2008 - 7:19 PM

A super Portrait of a fine looking girl and your discription is very good.

Rock

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Libby_M  7 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 7:39 PM

seen these on t v not nice 2 look at but if thats what they beleave in what can you do
such a great clear sharp detailed shot
well taken

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bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 7:45 PM

What a beautiful image.
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chrismar  8 England
15 Apr 2008 - 7:55 PM

O dear, I hope she never gets an itch...
Chris

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15 Apr 2008 - 7:59 PM

stunning

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15 Apr 2008 - 8:08 PM

GOOD SHOT.Good capture beautiful girl,thank's regards Steve.

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rmr  7 Wales
15 Apr 2008 - 8:21 PM

well taken image
mark

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15 Apr 2008 - 8:27 PM

Not keen on the 'shaping of youth' practice you have described Alan but its a fine portrait.
Brian.

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HUMIE  7 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 8:29 PM

Excellent shot and narrative Alan.

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GrahamBaines
15 Apr 2008 - 8:34 PM

Simply beautiful.

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15 Apr 2008 - 8:38 PM

Great shot and an interesting story to go with it. I does look uncomfortable...
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Vicalli
Vicalli  6 Scotland
15 Apr 2008 - 8:42 PM

Nice shot!

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15 Apr 2008 - 9:09 PM

Great shot Alan, the little girl is very beautiful.

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JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 9:19 PM

Excellent image - I can't imagine what these neck ornaments do to the spine over time - Jude.

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Hop-A-Long
15 Apr 2008 - 9:25 PM

Fabulous shot. I always thought it actually did elongate the neck and that they couldn't remove them, you learn something new every day.
Andy

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csr  7 England
15 Apr 2008 - 9:31 PM

Sory I've missed everbodies pictures have not been on site for a long time. Due to working long hours at work and home.And problems with new camera (40D) can't open raw images yet't Jpeg only. Nice one looks great
Chris

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15 Apr 2008 - 9:55 PM

An excellent image and narrative Alan. I bet it must be jolly uncomfortable wearing one of those for any length of time!

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15 Apr 2008 - 10:02 PM

A beautiful child but oh so sad . a wonderful capture . I think if they took off these rings her neck would be damaged .xxxx

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CaroleA  8 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2008 - 10:04 PM

She might not be smiling but you've captured a very enigmatic look here- as someone said, very haunting.

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bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2008 - 10:11 PM

superb capture and explanation, must have been a great experience
bunSmile

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Skye24Blue
15 Apr 2008 - 11:57 PM

Nice candid of a lovely child. Wish I could take those rings off her.
Mac

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annefromleo
16 Apr 2008 - 7:13 AM

lovely Alan and excellent editorial as well
Anne

ps hope all goes well with meeting
Anne

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AlanBW  8 England
16 Apr 2008 - 7:20 AM

Many thanks Pamela, Rock, Libby, John, Chris, Jeff, Steve, Mark, Brian, Mike, Graham, Alexandra, Vicki, Myra, Jude, Andy, Chris, Ed, Mavis, Carole, Bon, Mac and Anne; very much appreciated - Alan

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Rylands  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 7:30 AM

Brilliant capture
Ray

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wyatturp  8 England
16 Apr 2008 - 8:09 AM

Makes me hold my neck , great to look at and read Alan

DougSmile-have a good daySmile

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Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 9:31 AM

What a great shot,,I've seen this before but didnt know to much about it,thanks for the background,very informative,,

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JONTHELENS
16 Apr 2008 - 9:44 AM

been there myself Alan. Nice capture.

jon

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AlanBW  8 England
16 Apr 2008 - 9:47 AM

Many thanks Ray, Doug, Aidan and Jon - Alan

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riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 9:51 AM

a strong and disturbing image... a smile would have 'broken' the image for me, good photo journalism


hope that the review process goes smoothly, must be a troubling tme

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16 Apr 2008 - 12:29 PM

Lovely shot and as a lot of people have commented, very disturbing image, great shot of a practice that will probably never end.

Nicky

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AlanBW  8 England
16 Apr 2008 - 12:37 PM

Many thanks Nicholas and Nicky - Alan

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bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 3:23 PM

superbly captured

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AlanBW  8 England
16 Apr 2008 - 4:00 PM

Many thanks Ollie - Alan

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photophantom
16 Apr 2008 - 5:36 PM

Historical and timeless piece of work of art. Excellent shot Alan.
Dennis

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Silverzone
16 Apr 2008 - 6:39 PM

Fabulous image. Sylvia

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16 Apr 2008 - 6:54 PM

A tremendous insight.

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Cat&Mouse  11101 forum posts Russian Federation
16 Apr 2008 - 7:09 PM

How interesting!

Great photo, and strong girl Smile

Malik & Mary.

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AlanBW  8 England
16 Apr 2008 - 8:18 PM

Many thanks Dennis, Silvia, Dan, Mary & Malik, much appreciated - Alan

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VNelson  9 United States
16 Apr 2008 - 9:31 PM

The lack of a smile actually makes the shot, I think. Great, soft-toned colours.

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dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 9:36 PM

Fabulous photo with such an interesting text..you deserve more than one click.
Di

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ginz04  10276 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2008 - 10:22 PM

hi alan it is an excellent image and im pleased this practice doesnt go on in manchester.

ian

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piccy  8 Wales
16 Apr 2008 - 10:29 PM

Fabulous shot but such a terrible custom I think. Great narrative as usual.
Freda

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JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2008 - 2:22 AM

A beautiful child but, as so many others have already said, a ghastly practice.....taken off on her wedding night.......how!
Rgds., Jim

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chrissd  8304 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Apr 2008 - 6:05 AM

incredible image Alan Smile
chris

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AlanBW  8 England
17 Apr 2008 - 6:38 AM

Many thanks Verne, Di, Freda, Ian, Jim and Chris - Alan

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
17 Apr 2008 - 12:46 PM

Other culture, other traditions.
A most beautiful face. Great photography JNC

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mialewis
mialewis  6 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2008 - 2:02 PM

Lovely capture.
Mia

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AlanBW  8 England
17 Apr 2008 - 2:44 PM

Many thanks Jean Noel and Mia - Alan

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17 Apr 2008 - 2:50 PM

A lovely image, great info.
Hope all goes well for Tricia's mum.

Christine

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MandsH  7 England
18 Apr 2008 - 8:25 AM

Beautiful such a pretty girl
Mandy

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daffydill56
18 Apr 2008 - 8:59 AM

She is stunningly beautiful for one so young. When she is older she won't have a problem finding a husband!! Truly an amazing write up Alan, and great portrait too.

Fran

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GregorP  9 Slovenia
18 Apr 2008 - 9:13 AM

Smile Nice story...always a pleasure to read your stories... Nice photo, too! Wink

Gregor

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Chant57 e2 Member 8371 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2008 - 9:16 AM

fabulous write up Alan as usual which adds to the impact of the image, and a beautiful young girl, the eyes are so expressive.
C

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AlanBW  8 England
18 Apr 2008 - 9:58 AM

Many thanks Christine, Mandy, Fran, Gregor and Chant - Alan

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norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2008 - 10:53 AM

Superb image and description Alan,well captured..........

Tony.

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AlanBW  8 England
18 Apr 2008 - 11:49 AM

Cheers Tony, much appreciated - Alan

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hebdens  8
18 Apr 2008 - 12:17 PM

Traditions aren't always easy to understand sometimes. Pretty little girl even with such a sad expression.
Wish you all the best with your mum in law.
Tracy

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18 Apr 2008 - 12:54 PM

Excellent capture of culture.
Gareth

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AlanBW  8 England
18 Apr 2008 - 2:47 PM

Many thanks Tracy and Gareth - Alan

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18 Apr 2008 - 6:18 PM

A face so full of innocence and really well captured Alan.
Paul

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18 Apr 2008 - 7:05 PM

Super ''lines'' here.
Mick.

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TEASE  7 England
18 Apr 2008 - 7:09 PM

Lovely capture as usual hope you manage to sort your family probs out soon all the best...Smile

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hwilkinson
18 Apr 2008 - 7:48 PM

Brilliant nothing more to say.
Harry

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AlanBW  8 England
18 Apr 2008 - 8:41 PM

Many thanks Paul, Mick, Keith and Harry - Alan

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Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2008 - 11:15 PM

perfection
cant say any thing more
pareen

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19 Apr 2008 - 9:08 AM

An interesting and really excellent portrait.

Ken

ps, been away for a while moving house. Spent most of yesterday on my mobile phone getting broadband and cable tv to work, I've got to wait until next friday to have my landline working! (i've only moved 1.5 miles!

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panda  10 England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2008 - 9:47 AM

Stunning capture Alan, I wouldn't think she has much to smile about having her neck stretched like that.

Regards Phil

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AlanBW  8 England
19 Apr 2008 - 10:12 AM

Many thanks Maureen, Ken and Phil - Alan

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mjharps12  634 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Apr 2008 - 10:12 AM

like it good shot Smile

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Bluke  9303 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2008 - 1:28 PM

Hi Alan... more amazing shots in your P/F..... excellent images...
Babs

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Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Apr 2008 - 2:39 PM

An excellent capture Alan, she's a beautiful looking young girl. It can't be very comfortable for them having to wear those but I suppose over the years they'll get used to them.
Pete.

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AlanBW  8 England
19 Apr 2008 - 4:47 PM

Many thanks Babs and Pete - Alan

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HectorRivera
20 Apr 2008 - 1:34 AM

Great shot, nice journalism work, nice to be able to travel as much as you do.

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20 Apr 2008 - 2:55 AM

A beautiful portrait.
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sandrish  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 - 8:53 AM

Another beautiful capture. She is such a lovely child and although it is fascinating to learn about the world's customs and traditions I find this custom quite horrific. I work in the Children's Department of our local Hospital and I think this tradition is sheer child abuse!

Sandra

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20 Apr 2008 - 9:57 AM

Good to see I can still travel the world through the lens of your camera.

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AlanBW  8 England
20 Apr 2008 - 10:41 AM

Many thanks Hector, Brian, Sandra and Kirk, very much appreciated - Alan

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Portknockie
20 Apr 2008 - 12:07 PM

A Haunting image Alan and a beautiful shot..

Sandra is so so right

Don

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AlanBW  8 England
20 Apr 2008 - 2:16 PM

Many thanks Don, much appreciated - Alan

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graeme34  7 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2008 - 5:27 PM

Beautifully captured

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BonaFideNut
20 Apr 2008 - 5:54 PM

I'm with Moira on this. It's a nice portrait. I find her non-smiling face appropriate for what the spiral is going to do to her body.

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AlanBW  8 England
21 Apr 2008 - 6:22 AM

Many thanks Graeme and Richard - Alan

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SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Apr 2008 - 10:44 PM

simply amazing image

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AlanBW  8 England
22 Apr 2008 - 6:41 AM

Many thanks Sue - Alan

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22 Apr 2008 - 6:48 PM

beautiful girl, tribal traditions are not always pleasant.

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Frase  6 Scotland
22 Apr 2008 - 8:30 PM

Fabulous Image , although very sad.
Don

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AlanBW  8 England
22 Apr 2008 - 9:52 PM

Many thanks Alan and Don- Alan

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23 Apr 2008 - 6:20 PM

Beautiful!

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AlanBW  8 England
23 Apr 2008 - 6:32 PM

Many thanks John - Alan

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24 Apr 2008 - 9:12 AM

What a little beauty she is! Such a lovely face and those dark eyes are amazing.
Great description to the image, I wonder how they get the that thing off their neck,
Johanna

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AlanBW  8 England
24 Apr 2008 - 11:30 AM

Many thanks Johanna, much appreciated - Alan

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StevenPrice
28 Apr 2008 - 11:21 AM

an excellent shot Alan

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AlanBW  8 England
28 Apr 2008 - 12:35 PM

Thanks Steve, much appreciated - Alan

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28 Apr 2008 - 11:54 PM

Hi Alan ,i always love reading about your subjects and this is no exception ,she looks like she enjoying the attention ,its a lovely image and you have captured her very well with lovely warm tones
ollie

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AlanBW  8 England
29 Apr 2008 - 7:01 AM

Many thanls oll1e - Alan

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bugdog
bugdog  8 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 - 1:40 PM

Very interesting culture shot

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 1:53 PM

I guess we all look on in sympathy and judgement; yet from her perspective the wears the spiral with pride and this great portrait captures that well with her diginified expresison.
Tim

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AlanBW  8 England
6 May 2008 - 2:46 PM

Many thanks Tim and Phil - Alan

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gossyboy  6460 forum posts United Kingdom
6 May 2008 - 3:12 PM

Amazing subject matter, beautifully captured.
Very popular too. Nice one.

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Ernest_Godward

Just excellent! A beautiful capture.

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AlanBW  8 England
7 May 2008 - 5:05 PM

Many thanks Ernest and Paul - Alan

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lelhurst  6 United Kingdom
12 May 2008 - 1:52 PM

Strangely beautiful considering what you have writtn about the bone crushing weight!

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AlanBW  8 England
12 May 2008 - 3:50 PM

Many thanks Lesley - Alan

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Possum  7148 forum posts England
12 May 2008 - 4:17 PM

The fact that she is so young is what makes this so striking. Not my cup of tea, this tradition, but who are we to judge other cultures?
Allie

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AlanBW  8 England
13 May 2008 - 5:21 PM

Cheers Allie, much appreciated - Alan

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alexanderL
31 May 2008 - 10:57 PM

well captured nice skin tones great detail

alex

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mollye  7 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2008 - 4:11 PM

Another great shot loks painful though
mol

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2008 - 10:05 AM

WOW!!!!! This is fantastic--in fact all your shots are superb--will have a browse through more later
Regards
Pete

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Ayelet_A  6 Israel3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2008 - 8:31 PM

Couldn't stay silent for this one - beautiful image! would look even more beautiful framed on my wall Smile

Ayelet

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RTDS  5 Cyprus
24 Oct 2008 - 9:39 AM

Excellent capture,lovely lady.
Thanks for the story.
Robert

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dreamflower
24 Oct 2008 - 7:43 PM

stunning and poignant!

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Tina_Michelle
27 Oct 2008 - 1:01 AM

was not aware that they still followed this tradition...what a lovely girl though..she is sweet looking.

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ilann  5 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 - 5:42 PM

ouch !! awfull rings but great image

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29 Oct 2008 - 1:29 PM

Gret work...
Everything being said in the above...
Well done...
Dave

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megamuff8  992 forum posts United States
30 Oct 2008 - 2:09 AM

A great look, she is Beautiful!

Suz Smile

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oppo  8 Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2008 - 7:20 PM

Very sad expression and IMHO a sad tradition. You have captured this image very well indeed Alan. I do hope things get better for you both soon.

Phil

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konu  631 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 - 9:09 AM

nice shot

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Natzdad  529 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Nov 2008 - 9:35 PM

great portrait of a sad girl,hope this shot becomes historicl image..mick

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Cristian  9950 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2008 - 6:03 PM

Great capture - the amount of votes and comments says it all really.

I think people also appreciate the time you have taken in adding detailed comments around the images.

Regards

Cristian

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sergedlm  5 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2008 - 5:41 PM

well Alan I have looked at this picture many times now showed it to my Wife and i think its an extraordinary shot, one which is my favourite

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ToothPilot
6 Dec 2008 - 11:54 AM

This image is so powerful. Great work.
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taupo  666 forum posts
30 Dec 2008 - 10:03 PM


Quote: It's a great portrait.

But I am not sure I agree with young girls wearing neck rings I know it must be their custom but I feel it's barbaric & not good for the young girls well being
Glynnis

A terrific portrait but very sad that's it's 2008 and women 'endure' this type of thing. I cannot begin to imagine how uncomfortable it must be having to wear such an item.

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