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Sadness - please read.

By lillypix  
Sadness - this elderly lady lives in a small tribal village in the hills surrounding Luang Prabang in Laos.

Three years ago her daughter went on a fishing trip with other villagers and drowned in a freak accident. The sadness has driven her mother into a deep depression and premature senility. She stands all day every day, on a promontary overlooking the river which took her daughter from her. She just waits for her daughter to come back to her.

She hasn't spoken since the death and no longer seems to understand that her daughter is dead. If any woman walks nearby - villager, tourist or traveller - she hurries to them and strokes their face with immediate happiness until she realises it isn't her daughter and then the sadness returns.

The villagers love her and look after her. They take her food and water, and make sure she eats and drinks it. They take her clothes and make sure she stays warm, and when nightfall comes they help her back to her hut and into bed.

I've never experienced an aura of such palpable sadness. I kinda wanted to tell her story. Don't know why.


Tags: Sadness Portraits and people

Voters: Willmer, sludge1969, Cormy and 11 more

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Willmer Plus
11 98 Wales
21 Dec 2011 12:35PM
An excellent portrait.


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saeidNL 10 3 Netherlands
21 Dec 2011 1:07PM
Fantastic and great work,very well done,
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
21 Dec 2011 4:00PM
Thanks for the story, - its also very touching how the villagers support her, quite unlike our society.

Its also a terrific image, and I have added it to my shortlist.

lillypix 9 60 4 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2011 9:53AM
Thank you all for your comments - I'm honoured to be shortlisted!

Rev2 10 302 2 England
23 Dec 2011 12:53PM
A bit of a tear-jerker to go with a stunning portrait.
mute 13 Maldives
25 Dec 2011 10:18AM
i like the expression on her face and the lighting....
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4093 Canada
25 Dec 2011 3:28PM
Happy Christmas, - this gets my Award!

lillypix 9 60 4 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2011 3:10PM
Willie - thanks so much. It's a great christmas present Smile
29 Dec 2011 1:19PM
Such a wonderful portrait and such a sad Story Lianna. A very emotional upload, and something that you will never forget.
A very well taken shot, and a very well told story. Thanks for sharing.


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