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By ARJones
In Feb 2007 I visited Havana, Cuba on business and managed to grab a few photo's. I visited again earlier this month and took with me a few 6x4 prints of some characters I shot last time to give to them should I see them again.

I saw the back of an elderly lady going into a doorway that I thought was possibly a lady I had photographed. I showed the 6x4 print to a man in the street who nodded and pointed into the doorway. I went inside, it was quite dark and led to several rooms which were occupied by different people. I was directed to the very back of the building where a door was shut to - I knocked and pushed it open and the elderly lady was sat on her bed. I handed her the picture and she half smiled(you can just see the photo next to the TV).

I indicated my camera and took some shots very quickly with just a single bulb illuminating the room. It was like a surreal intrusion into another world.

24mm F2.8 1/40th Sec ISO 5000

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: hook, Coleslaw, clevercloggs and 38 more


hook 12 706 England
19 Oct 2008 5:15PM

really starts you thinking


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Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
19 Oct 2008 5:16PM
love this!
hope it gets the recognition it deserves.
clevercloggs 15 237 2 Netherlands
19 Oct 2008 5:19PM
great portrait with great toning. you captured the dignity of the lady very well.
Thanatos 12 6
19 Oct 2008 5:24PM
One of those photos that makes you want to know even more great conversion too.

andrewrit 12 3 Northern Ireland
19 Oct 2008 5:25PM
Super image
Melanie_M 14 168 9 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 5:40PM
A slice of a different world that you've captured to perfection.
19 Oct 2008 6:30PM
excellent. love the inclusion of her reflection in the tv screen
MNPHOTO 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 6:35PM
great imagelove the inclusion of her reflection in the tv screenQuote this post Mark as Constructive Critique
ARJones 12 103 3 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 6:59PM
Thanks for the comments so far - I took three pictures the first two were just head and shoulders of the lady and then I saw the reflection and just grabbed one last wide angle shot - I love the reflection of her in the TV. On the right hand side behind the chair is a toilet - don't think it was actually plumbed in though !!

floreus 14 106 1
19 Oct 2008 8:20PM
Bloody good!
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 8:32PM
great stuff, you must have a lot of balls though
TommyStr 13 9 3 Norway
20 Oct 2008 5:20AM
This is fabulous! Have added you to my fav list..
27 Oct 2008 2:10AM
Hi Andy. This image of yours is simply outstanding. So glad that I poked around tonight and came across it. Even the sagging bed was divine intervention. I salute your determination to get the print back to her, and look what transpired from that unselfish gesture - a print that rates right up there in the photo journalist / people favourites on this site. Well done. Andre
ARJones 12 103 3 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 11:22PM
Thanks for all the comments on this one. I am particularly pleased with the calibre of the voters!!!

Strobe 12 1.3k United States
28 Oct 2008 2:46PM
This is truly a stunning portrait.
tbetts 15 Australia
9 Nov 2008 4:11AM
Great shot
jenquest 17 561 1 Tokelau
9 Nov 2008 7:48AM
Another wonderful portrait. Agree about the reflection. It adds something extra.
kitsch 13 439 4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2009 9:56PM
just came to this from your 'trumpet blowing' lol

what a fabulous shot in tricky light circumstances and an interesting write up on how it came to be...

excellent, love the shot

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