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Long Neck Karen

By pcheywood
As the ladies of the Karen get older, the neck is extended further.
Originally from Myanmar (Burmah), but now residing (refugees) in Northern Thailand due to the troubles in their own country.

1/125 @ f4 Tv
iso 200

Tags: Photo journalism Thailand Karen Hill tribes Portraits and people

Voters: danmclean, cats_123, exposure and 18 more

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Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
6 Apr 2007 2:10PM
Good b&w portrait. Looks uncomfortable. I think I read that it doesn't actually elongate the neck, but pushes the shoulders down.

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pcheywood 12 1.3k England
6 Apr 2007 2:16PM
Thanks Roger, you are right in the fact that the neck is not actually elongated but this is the illusion created. The apparel is amazingly heavy.

6 Apr 2007 2:18PM
excellent photo Paul. Classic pose, but just the right dof and exposure.
Also read somewhere that as soon as the rings are taken off, their neck is not able to keep straight as its muscles have lost their supporting strenght. Wouldn't know it it is true though.
Cole 14 53 16 England
6 Apr 2007 2:21PM
nice travel shot
like it
clevercloggs 14 237 2 United Arab Emirates
6 Apr 2007 2:30PM
heard that about the weaker neck muscles too.
Wonder how much the shoulders can be pushed down. Seems more difficult to do than to increase the distance between the various neck vertebrae.

Good photo, the eyes are a bit too white to my liking
helena 14 134 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2007 3:33PM
Excellent image, haven't seen the long necked tribe but have seen some of the other tribes. Tara x
User_Removed 13 825 Lithuania
6 Apr 2007 3:44PM
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
6 Apr 2007 4:07PM
human giraffe!

there's some off practices out there

love the shot though, nice and calm, spot on record shot.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
6 Apr 2007 5:58PM
super presentation

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
6 Apr 2007 7:27PM
great dof and exposure.....a excellent portrait!!!


kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2007 7:36PM
wow.. wonderful portrait, and not just because of the neck rings, she has a very serene look and i love the DOF and tone of this

exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
7 Apr 2007 9:38PM
Beautiful tones lovely light and detail and a lovely composition.
8 Apr 2007 4:25PM
Wow... erm... wow! Super shot in mono and incredible subject. Very, very well done.
danmclean 11 1 Australia
9 Apr 2007 1:37PM
Wonderfull shot, I was just watching a documentry about this and they commented that these rings are kept on for life due too the length that their necks reach.. Fasinating picture indeed.
Also thanks for the comments on my Auschwitz,,
Billlee 11 5.5k England
14 Apr 2007 5:43PM
Another cracker of a record! The monochrome conversion works well. Just hope she doesn't dislodge that earing, she would need a blacksmith to retrieve it ;o)) Bill.
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
21 Aug 2008 5:13PM
hi just found this . i bet it would look better in colour.

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