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Introducing Faa

By AlanBW
Once again through circumstances out of my control I’ve fallen a long way behind with viewing people’s latest EPZ offerings. We had to go off to Devon on urgent family matters last week and only returned home late on Sunday evening. I’ll endeavour to catch up over the next few days or so, but regrettably it will have to be click and run at times, so my apologies in advance.

I’m not at all sure how this new upload will be received; it’ll probably disappear without trace, but as the images above are of an enchanting child who is very close to our hearts, I wanted to include them in my portfolio, so here they are. The images are of an adorable little Ahka girl called Faa (meaning ‘Sky’), who lives in Bangkok. We have befriended Faa almost since she was born – we even ‘knew’ her when her mum was expecting and at that time we referred to Faa as ‘the bump’. Faa’s mum and dad work at night by our favourite little bar in Bangkok – mum sells Akha handicrafts to tourists and dad is employed to encourage visitors to patronise certain bars / shows in the entertainment district of Patpong. Now nearly three years old, Faa accompanies her parents when they are at work up to the time that they go home around midnight. (Faa and her mum have featured in a previous upload ‘Ahka Mum And Babe’, when the then very young Faa was slung on mum’s back).

Bouncy and bubbly by nature, Faa scuttles up and down the pavement at the front of the open-fronted bar and is fawned over by everyone, including street vendors, tourists, policemen (there is a police booth just outside the bar), shop workers, bar staff and everyone else who passes by. Faa has taken a great liking to Tricia and I and always makes a beeline for us when we call in to see our Thai friends who work at the bar. Faa has a mind of her own (and likes her own way) and she will choose who she wants – she makes her decision and stands in front of one us holding out her arms, which means she wants to be lifted onto a spare seat or a lap – more often than not the latter. Once ensconced in the place of her choice, Faa usually kicks off her shoes, which indicates that she is going to be there for some while. Faa spends quite a bit of time with us, which of course means that we have to keep her amused – not that this is in any way a hardship for us. Despite the language barrier, Faa makes herself understood very well and we have a lot of fun and enjoyment from her company. Tricia and I are both trying very hard to learn some basic Thai, so hopefully one day we’ll be able to have a simple conversation with her. Faa’s mum and dad know us pretty well and are perfectly happy to leave their daughter in our care. If Faa decides that she wants to go back to them, one of us will always take her.

The series was captured handheld in the harsh lighting of the bar area and taken over several evenings during our most recent trip to Bangkok. The images are heavily cropped to take out as much of the busy background as possible; they show Faa in a variety of poses and moods, all of which reflect different facets of her delightful and endearing personality. I hope that you will like them.

In this first offering Faa is enjoying herself playing a peek-a-boo game.

Tags: Portrait Travel General Child Bangkok Candid Girl Thailand Portraits and people Ahka

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Silverzone 13 2 England
11 Nov 2008 8:50AM
Beautiful series of portraits showing various emotions. Sylvia
fentiger 19 920 24 England
11 Nov 2008 9:20AM
Some really great captures here Alan and so difficult to pick a favourite. First class photography.

photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
11 Nov 2008 9:21AM
Excellent documentary pictures of Faa's lovely expressions Alan.
RTDS 12 Cyprus
11 Nov 2008 9:31AM
Excellent portraits.
Awsome expressions.
Handheld..this is great.
BERTRAM 13 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 9:35AM
Superb portrait images.
11 Nov 2008 9:36AM
Hello Faa, beautiful images Alan, V1 my favourite,
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 9:54AM
An excellent collection of candid's Alan.

ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 10:04AM
Great set of shots...
Well seen and taken....

MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 10:07AM
Super, No 9 is my favourite
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
11 Nov 2008 10:22AM
Lovely series of a wonderful child. My favourite is V5.
piccy 14 8 Wales
11 Nov 2008 10:40AM
A lovely set, what a hard life for a 3 year old though.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
11 Nov 2008 10:47AM
A fine selection Alan - personally I like the expressive looks in V5 + V6 - she certainly is a charming little girl.
videotec 12 8 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 10:58AM
These are lovely shots--All Superb--NO Favourite..Nice one Alan
konu 12 31 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 11:00AM
lovely series, nice moments & expressions.
11 Nov 2008 11:00AM
Great photos of this lively and sweet kid.
V5 is excellent (fantastic expression whenb opening her present). JNC
Mavis 19 143 2 England
11 Nov 2008 11:10AM
What an endearing child Alan . Some really lovely portraits . I just love her melting , velvety , almond shaped eyes . xx
glyndwr 13 87 10 Wales
11 Nov 2008 11:15AM
V1 is my choice, her hands form the perfect frame for her pretty face.
Nice one Alan.

ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 11:38AM
hi alan fabulous photo my only niggle is the red on top left.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 12:27PM
Lovely set with V1 the outstanding capture, child play the world over. I remember her as a baby too...
franfoto 13 2 32 England
11 Nov 2008 12:38PM
These are a lovely collection of shots showing this little girl's different moods and her story is very interesting, can see why you two have taken to her. considering the tight crops they show considerable detail. Impossible to single one out. So well captured.
biscuit61 12 16 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 12:49PM
beautiful set of images.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
11 Nov 2008 12:55PM
Each version shows a very different expression from this beautiful little girl. First class photography Alan.

dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
11 Nov 2008 12:57PM
She is just lovely and your images of her reflect her personality so well. Loved your right up as well... Gave even more meaning to the images.
11 Nov 2008 1:04PM
exellent story and images by you my friend
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 1:17PM
11 fab deailed clear sharp shots
well taken
11 Nov 2008 1:30PM
loved all the series. She is lovely.
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 2:16PM
A delightful and personal insight to Faa's character and expressions. A privilege to view.

foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
11 Nov 2008 2:20PM
These images you have caught of Faa are so natural Alan. Her expressions are simply wonderful.
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
11 Nov 2008 2:22PM
What a beautiful little girl and I can well see how you both are so fond of her. you have captured so many lovely expressions in this series it really is delightful. - gary
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
11 Nov 2008 2:26PM
V8 is a gem; they are all lovely, and together present different facets of this little girl's personality. Along with a touching write-up this was a pleasure to view.
Artois 14 405 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 2:41PM
v9 stands out for me. A good series of shots.
lostintime Plus
13 13 6 Germany
11 Nov 2008 2:52PM
An enchanting series Alan, you've captured so many wonderful expressions.
danbrann 16 640 17
11 Nov 2008 3:01PM
A lovely little girl whose image is only bettered by your narrative. Superb.
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
11 Nov 2008 3:17PM
Looks like you have found a star ..with this one Alan..beautiful face and a great set of shots..

11 Nov 2008 4:03PM
Set of 11 good candids beautiful portraits. Will
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 4:27PM
Delightful images, Alan, every one.

GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 4:32PM
An interesting write-up on life far away on distant shores. What a pretty little thing. I like the way you have captured her inquisitiveness, playfulness and shyness in this series, along with those beautiful twinkling eyes.
Fab shots.
Marilyn x
tuhin 14
11 Nov 2008 4:33PM
Nice one.
Ray42 13 3 England
11 Nov 2008 4:51PM
Lovely set of pictures with a great write up.
edavid 12 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 5:05PM
just a great story, and shot
11 Nov 2008 5:12PM
Lovely set of shots, well presented.
11 Nov 2008 5:48PM

John Smile
Rock 18 10 2 England
11 Nov 2008 6:01PM
Great shots of a sweet child.

daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 6:01PM
Such a beautiful little girl, and a lovely collection of images. V1 is def. my fave for the pose and expression. Great work as always Alan.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
11 Nov 2008 6:13PM
almost the full range of emotions...a telling story that she will no doubt treasure in years to come. Keep up the language learning

microchip 13 1 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 6:20PM
What a beautiful child,captured superbly in many lovely poses,
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 6:45PM
So beautfiul

wyatturp 15 2 England
11 Nov 2008 7:10PM
Cute child, well done, hope things work out well Alan thanks for your time on my picture

pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
11 Nov 2008 7:25PM
cute baby ;
very natural feel to this set...
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
11 Nov 2008 7:48PM
How lovely to see her again! And you have captured her perfectly in image 1 (for some reason I can't see the others so will have to come back to them when perhaps the site is not playing up - though I'm sure they'll all be as endearing, clear and sensitively captured). Great write-up as usual - and regards to you both.
11 Nov 2008 8:07PM
This is a special portrait Alan, beautiful face that you've captured so well.
11 Nov 2008 8:33PM
lovely set
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
11 Nov 2008 8:53PM
not sure why but v9 is my fav.lesley
betts 13 1 England
11 Nov 2008 9:01PM
Beautiful little girl, smashing set of shots, V1 and V9 for me.
BURNSIE 12 25 4 England
11 Nov 2008 9:18PM
Very well done
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
11 Nov 2008 10:40PM
Totally charming - she is lucky to have friends like you and your good wife.

Hoffy 16 262 16 England
12 Nov 2008 12:15AM
Cracking set of pictures.
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
12 Nov 2008 9:04AM
Wonderful set, love the soulful little face in No 9, great collection of portraits

jondee 12 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 9:25AM
all great captures hard to pick one.
12 Nov 2008 10:46AM
Hi Alan...perfect as always...Thanks..
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 10:55AM
I usuall don't like portraits or kiddie pics, but this series is so enchanting that you just have to love it.
steve_r 13 England
12 Nov 2008 1:23PM
GOOD SHOT. Great "SKY". Great series of shots.
Regards Steve.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
12 Nov 2008 1:31PM
Simply lovely

MandsH 14 England
12 Nov 2008 2:07PM
Wonderful series of images
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 2:14PM
You've caught some amazing expressions V1 and V4 are my favourites.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
12 Nov 2008 3:58PM
A wonderful set here.
Good work.
Grifoto 12 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 5:12PM
Lovely set of images....

beriah 15 1 Canada
12 Nov 2008 5:42PM
What a charming little character! I can see why you love Faa!
teocali Plus
13 442 18 England
12 Nov 2008 7:12PM
Superb set of different expressions of an enchanting little girl - love the colours, skin tones and catchlights in the eyes - V1 & V8 for me.
oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 9:29PM
Firstly i love your write up ,then theres this little gem who touches everbodys hearts ,i can see why !!!!! she has beautiful eyes and your images show her well.I do like them all .
thanks for sharing little Faa with us
OMG 12 51 2 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 11:37PM
A wonderful series of photographs and great write up Alan. You have an absolute mastery of the informal portraiture and I love your gallery. I have only just come across it so have linked so I can come back.
many thanks for your comment on my gallery.
Best wishes
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
13 Nov 2008 5:16AM
An endearing set of shots Alan to go with your usual very informative write up, can easy see why she has won the hearts of Tricia and yourself!
Rgds., Jim
ShedMan 15 3 2 South Africa
13 Nov 2008 10:20AM
A lovely series of shots, each with its own merits. Well worth waiting for all 11 to load!

13 Nov 2008 10:40AM
What a lovely little girl Alan, so many endearing expressions. It's hard to say which one I like best and they are all so well taken too.

koka 12 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2008 10:48AM
every picture tells a story hey - all great captures...katie
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
13 Nov 2008 12:39PM
fantastic portrait work
Pegon 15 78 1 England
13 Nov 2008 4:03PM
A superb set of images Alan, every one is a gem. She's a little beauty.
evelen 16 5 England
13 Nov 2008 6:29PM
excellent portrait shots.
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2008 6:54PM
Alan no way would eyes like these pass into the background, she is gorgeous. her skin tones are so well captured as her eyes and expressions
Linda Smile all lovely shots
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
13 Nov 2008 10:17PM
An outstanding set here Alan, like them all and what a lovely informative write up too.
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
13 Nov 2008 10:19PM
Well done , excellent series of portraits, Alan!
taichidot 12 2 Canada
13 Nov 2008 10:40PM
Hi Alan
The eyes have it on this cutie, good portrait.
Ayelet_A 12 11 3 Israel
13 Nov 2008 11:10PM
Once again Alan your talent for portraits have shine through, you've captured her mood and bubbly personality beautifully, and she's such a sweetheart. Lovely images with a touching story... Another big well done Smile

Tigress 13 Scotland
13 Nov 2008 11:11PM
What fabulous shots. 8 and 9 are my favourite ( esp 9)
SuperRoo 14 63 2 Australia
13 Nov 2008 11:13PM
What a sweetie... lovely series of images to be proud of. Smile

helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2008 9:07AM
A delightful set of images of this lovely child. I hope you do learn some phrases but I imagine given the chance, she will learn a few English phrases much quicker!!
susanbarton 13 11 1 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2008 9:45AM
A lovely searies of pictures of a beautiful child, already learning how to make the most of her life

SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2008 7:10PM
So interesting to see these shots of a happy little girl from a different culture and environment. Vs 1, 8 and 9 are my favourites.
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
15 Nov 2008 1:26AM
A beautiful series, Alan, and your story shows your obvious affection for the child.
Lovely exposures and composition.
15 Nov 2008 8:46AM
Beautiful set of pictures Alan and interesting write up. Maybe I will have a Grandaughter just like her one day!

2himanshu 13 23 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 9:08AM
great shot
Mikkx 12 20 South Africa
15 Nov 2008 10:18AM
What an adorable child. And what an amazing set of portraits. What can I say that hasn't already been said. Truly wonderful!
m3lem 15 England
15 Nov 2008 10:57AM
Stunning images Alan, what a lovely little girl and so pretty, you captured here very well, love the expressions.
pentony 13 3 England
15 Nov 2008 10:58AM
Super images.

panda 16 5 1 England
15 Nov 2008 11:53AM
Superb set Alan, wonderful narrative of your encounter with this child.

Regards Phil
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 11:58AM
what a brilliant set of shots Alan, first class portraits...............marc
15 Nov 2008 12:20PM
A beautiful little girl.
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 3:12PM
A very interesting and beautiful portfolio you have taken of this little girl - Elizabeth
astyag 13 12
15 Nov 2008 5:42PM
Cute and beautiful, lovely series
GlenD 14 United States
16 Nov 2008 9:50AM
Hi Alan, good to be posting again but having terrible probs with the slowness of this hotel connection, trying to see the versions of this little one is just not happening right now so later I'll switch on my work laptop and use the aircard on that to veiw.
She looks adorable in this shot you have taken and sounds like she loves being aournd you guys
Nice one
joetcat 14 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 10:50AM
nice set v1 for me

myrab 14 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2008 9:06PM
Lovely shot Alan.

DebbieBMP 12 33 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 8:39AM
I adore your portrait work it is absolutely brilliant and so sensitive. I can see why you and your wife love this child she is just so winsome and a little charmer by the sounds of it. Back to the image it is very well taken and I would be proud of this if it were my work Smile
SPARROWHALL 12 26 England
17 Nov 2008 1:33PM
Beautifull set of images. V9 i think is so sweet.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 3:17PM
What a really excellent series of photos of this little girl. I totally agree with Tracey, version 9 is such a lovely portrait. You are a master of the portrait without a doubt.
Malc_V 15 England
18 Nov 2008 7:41PM
Gorgeous girl, nice set Alan.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
18 Nov 2008 8:03PM
An enchanting series of photographs which show a great range of positive emotions. Excellent work as always, Ed
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2008 10:24AM
She is such a cute little girl Alan, and her big, dark eyes are amazing. No wonder you fell in love with her... Smile
My favs are #6 and #9 - for those eyes.
19 Nov 2008 10:45AM
This is a wonderful portrait - Debbie my wife said I should look at your work and I agree your portraiture is absolutely superb - Bruce
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
20 Nov 2008 1:22PM
what a wonderful set of expressions
hebdens 15 5
22 Nov 2008 10:17AM
she's beautiful , you and Tricia obviously have a soft spot for this little one and her family, really endearing to read.
RobinF 14 83 1 England
30 Nov 2008 11:27AM
Beautifully captured sequence of images of an enchanting child Alan, you have done her justice with these lovely shots!
kind regards,
paulvo 14 2 United States
6 Dec 2008 12:25AM
Amazing series of portraits. The emotions of this young model were very well captured. Excellent.

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