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Vrystaat: Auntie Lena's quite severe stare.

By andreduplessis
Vrystaat Jan 09: Auntie Lena pays Erika a visit.
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Follows on from last upload:
Lena Swarts must be one of the older members of the Vrystaat community. (See prevous upload)
I was shooting away inside Erika's caravan when she was all of a sudden standing in the doorway.
Well, this remarkable face of hers is not something I come across frequently, and I managed to get some photos of her right there and then. I cropped this one closely, as there were annoying background highlights that I could not manage, but mainly because I wanted to show her face up close.
Here she is standing against the caravan's door, with filtered sunlight coming from behind.
She is not quite the smiling type, but nevertheless told me a bit about her life. From what I gather she used to work in some garden nursery before, and now receives a state pension. Her husband, who worked the pine plantations, died many years ago.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: Grifoto, firzhugh, NevP and 23 more



Grifoto 14 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 12:52AM
Stunning shot !

firzhugh 18 13 New Zealand
12 Jan 2009 1:08AM
brilliant portrait!
NevP 17 853 13 Canada
12 Jan 2009 1:26AM
1st class.
Slaterm 16 496 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 1:39AM
superb. Really suits mono. I especially like the textures on show here

VIKI 16 18 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 6:50AM
Wow, what character in that face!
Stevekriti 14 18 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 12:04PM
Excellent protrait,full of character!Steve
SlowSong Plus
14 10.7k 30 England
12 Jan 2009 1:46PM
Looks like she'd stand for no nonsense. I feel she must like you to allow you take such an intimate portrait.
ThomasGorman 18 87 Scotland
12 Jan 2009 3:04PM
A nice storng portrait with a good subject.
Platchet 16 5 8 Wales
19 Jan 2009 12:30AM
A very strong portrait is an understatement!
19 Jan 2009 1:48AM
Thank you for the comments. I mistakenly titled this image Sera - should have been Lena. Corrected now.

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