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Angel In A Crowd

By AlanBW
On our most recent visit to Nonthaburi, Thailand (see earlier upload 'Not Amused' for further details), Tricia and I took a relaxing break from exploring the bustling market and sat enjoying a local beer at a delightfully rustic open air cafe / bar. The angelic little girl pictured above arrived perched on her dad's motorbike, which stopped just opposite us. She took an immediate interest in us, but whenever we looked in her direction, she looked away as if shy. She then resorted to pretending to 'shoot' us with her little parasol. This amusing game continued for several minutes, but developed further as every time we looked and smiled, she returned the smile, looked away - and then turned back and 'shot' us again with her parasol! Dad did not appear to see this little scene unfolding as, still astride his motor cycle, he chatted with a stall-holder at the market. Then mum arrived on foot and the little girl was lifted off the motor cycle; she stood waiting as mum and dad had a short conversation. It was then that I managed to get the above shot, picking her out amongst the considerable crowd that was passing to and fro on their way from the busy market - she was in her 'I'm not looking at you' mode at this time. (The shot is heavily cropped in order to eliminate as much of the crowd as possible.) Eventually dad rode off and mum grasped her little angel by the hand and began crossing the road. The enchanting child was still playing her 'smile and look away' game, but as she was about to disappear around the corner, she yelled at us, grinned and waved! Her mum stopped, bent down and obviously asked who she was waving at and the little angel pointed at us. Mum looked up, we made eye contact and everyone involved in this delightful little scenario smiled and waved. Then, in a final flourish before she and her mum disappeared from view, the beautiful little girl grinned from ear to ear - and 'shot' us again with her parasol!

Memories like this are simply magical!!!

Tags: Travel Market General Child Candid People Girl Thailand Crowd Parasol Portraits and people

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Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
5 Mar 2007 9:21AM
lovely capture enhanced by your description
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 9:29AM
Lovely image and a good story to go with it.

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
5 Mar 2007 9:43AM
Lovely capture of a delightful little girl Alan.I can picture that story.Great stuff.

trissie 14 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 9:48AM
A lovely capture of a pretty little girl, and a very imaginative story.

Trish x
5 Mar 2007 10:34AM
Lovely portrait and candid expression.
I like it.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
5 Mar 2007 11:37AM
A lovely candid capture Alan, with a very enjoyable description. Very good indeed.

tull 17 181 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 11:44AM
beautiful candid Alan and a beautiful story too.

forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 11:50AM
Lovely candid shot. Love the desciption, so typical of Thailand. Great work.

angelamary 15 6 England
5 Mar 2007 11:57AM
What a lovely story! Great shot too!
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
5 Mar 2007 11:57AM
very cute.....
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
5 Mar 2007 12:23PM
You are just sooo good at these of the cuff candids. Another great expressive capture.
BigK 15 8
5 Mar 2007 12:28PM
Nice story - one day I will have to go overseas and see this world, till then I travel with photographers like you.

sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 12:46PM
excellent work here alan with the photograph and the story, well done.

5 Mar 2007 1:35PM
Beautiful image Alan, I wanted to keep reading I had a scene pictured in my head of the occasion, fine work and description, Adrian
5 Mar 2007 1:35PM
Beautiful image Alan, I wanted to keep reading I had a scene pictured in my head of the occasion, fine work and description, Adrian
5 Mar 2007 3:04PM
Great description and endearing image Alan.

LauraBeans 15 32 Scotland
5 Mar 2007 3:30PM
beautiful capture and love the discription.

TonyA 16 11 Spain
5 Mar 2007 4:17PM
Lovely sweet girl and great story.

A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 4:51PM
angelic featured girl well observed and very well recorded.
Alfoto 14 Wales
5 Mar 2007 5:07PM
Lovely capture - great story.
5 Mar 2007 5:29PM
Cute picture, I love your stories Alan. I hope to visit Thailand one of these days, my Sons's girlfriend lives there.

Nice candid Alan ... love the innocent expression.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
5 Mar 2007 6:07PM
A lovely candid image and a great story to go with it
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 6:19PM
What a good story ,lovely candid shot
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
5 Mar 2007 7:11PM
Hi Alan,
Glad to be no30 on your little angel you've found.Excellent description and photograph.Take care.AnnSmile
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 7:59PM
Wonderful Alan, if you ever write a book I'll be first in the queue for it
5 Mar 2007 8:53PM

phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 9:03PM
Wonderful candid shot Alan,beautiful pose and love the colours.

Malc_V 15 England
5 Mar 2007 9:25PM
Perfect capture Alan.
She is a stunning looking girl.

Nice one.

DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
5 Mar 2007 9:36PM
Charming story and charming candid portrait Smile Bruce
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 10:25PM
lovely title, lovely shot, lovely little girl and a wonderful story
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
5 Mar 2007 10:52PM
a lovely little moment you have captured here,im glad that you guys had that experince not too sure what all the shooting was about!!!! hope it was friendly fire.
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2007 11:08PM
Lovely shot and story Alan.

5 Mar 2007 11:34PM
Very pretty little girl, well captured with a great story.

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
6 Mar 2007 1:25AM
Lovely narrative to accompany a superb portrait of a little girl. Well composed.
6 Mar 2007 2:16AM
Another excellent image Alan which is really brought alive by a great description.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
6 Mar 2007 2:18AM
She looks like a charmer, well taken, Spot on! Click!!!

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2007 5:49AM
what a lovely story and such a good image, nice work
rhiw_com 14 24
6 Mar 2007 7:04AM
Superb description as always Alan, love these shots of yours. Brilliant.

Rg Tony
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2007 7:07AM
This is lovely children not the easyest she looks deep in thought and perhaps listenin to something she shouldnt be super detailed shot
Mavis 19 143 2 England
6 Mar 2007 9:15AM
What a sweet child . A really lovely story Alan. You have captured her so well . xxx
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2007 10:31AM
A lovely story Alan, I don't know who had the most fun, her or you lol. Such a beautiful little angel!

Possum 14 148 England
6 Mar 2007 12:29PM
You've really caught her beauty well here, Alan. Love the accompanying story, really makes the image come alive.
iajacks 15 24 England
6 Mar 2007 12:38PM
this is a nice photo of a little girl in her own little world.

well captured ian
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
6 Mar 2007 3:28PM
LOL - Great story and image too. This happens a lot in places where you are standing in lines and the child is looking at you and the parents don't notice. Then the game begins.

6 Mar 2007 3:57PM
Great story, lovely portrait.
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
6 Mar 2007 4:52PM
As ever, your narrative adds a special something to your image. summ3r wrote exactly what I was thinking, and I also love Kirk's comment, "till then I travel with photographers like you." Great capture.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
6 Mar 2007 5:29PM
Super shot.
sputnki 16 10 Canada
6 Mar 2007 5:47PM
A lovely shot and beautiful story. Making such wonderful connections, however brief, is a joy!

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
6 Mar 2007 7:35PM
You are right she is an angel.Good one Alan.
Mjhearne 14 432 4 Scotland
7 Mar 2007 12:10AM
What an adorable little girl, and a fantastic story to go with the shot!
Well done,

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
7 Mar 2007 3:28AM
Don't know what I like best Alan, your write-up or the photo of the girl, they're both priceless!
Rgds., Jim
Desh_M 16 410
7 Mar 2007 5:34AM
looks so natural
Nice capture
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
7 Mar 2007 7:31AM
A lovely candid capture Alan.

mickf1 14 2 England
7 Mar 2007 11:20AM
Lovely candid capture Alan once again well narrated.
Rock 18 10 2 England
7 Mar 2007 1:54PM
Such innocence.
You have captured a fine shot.

jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
7 Mar 2007 4:35PM
Hi Alan.
An Angel she is. What a lovely little girl.
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2007 4:40PM
She looks just that... an angel... wonderful candid portrait... love the description and just so typical of kids... wonderful
Karen Smile
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
7 Mar 2007 4:45PM
These moments make it all worth while....glad to be back, traveling is fun, but home is always a welcome sight. Click for this one!
15 13 1 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2007 5:07PM
Thats why your one of my favourite photographers, excellent Alan.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
7 Mar 2007 5:25PM
Oh my...first off, DITTO to what poltavia just said. Second, I really really really love encounters like this with kids. You've captured this little angel perfectly and thank you so much for sharing the moment in such detail with us, Alan Smile

georg 16 4 South Africa
7 Mar 2007 6:53PM
now did i read the description!!
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2007 8:33PM
Fantastic capture Alan, she looks so sweet.
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2007 9:01PM
Brilliant: both the story and the capture. Which you are so good at!!! So very good at these

thanks for sharing

7 Mar 2007 9:01PM
Really lovely capture here. Perfect!
John (-:
tuhin 14
8 Mar 2007 3:31AM
Beautiful imaze.Quit Babby.
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
8 Mar 2007 11:46AM
Great image and wonderful storyline. Thanks for the wonderful insights into your images Alan. Truly remarkable.

danbrann 16 640 17
8 Mar 2007 1:31PM
Superb candid image.
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
8 Mar 2007 3:39PM
Excellent candid, Alan
8 Mar 2007 10:29PM
She is that to Alan an Angel that is, well captured exellent shot.
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
9 Mar 2007 4:11PM
Lovely Little girl..Well captured shot...

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
9 Mar 2007 10:51PM
A little cutie. Well caught, and well described.
CecilyC 15
11 Mar 2007 8:03PM
She's gorgeous!!

bricjen 14 United States
12 Mar 2007 1:05AM
She is a beauty! Great capture!
12 Mar 2007 9:56PM
What a beautiful child and an enchanting story Alan.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
14 Mar 2007 4:27PM
Beautiful shot, Alan. -=Walter
Big_Beavis 16 5 2 England
16 Mar 2007 12:57AM
Great pose and lighting.

Paree 16 616 3
23 Mar 2007 10:42PM
how wonderful and a lovely story to give us the whole picture
so well done
helena 17 134 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2007 1:23PM
Simply stunning image, well captured Tara x
Juliet 14
28 May 2007 12:43PM
Beautiful gril , beautiful picture and such a nice story connected with it.
marc484ie 14 31 1 Ireland
25 Oct 2008 5:33PM
Yes she sure does look like an angel. Great candid shot!

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