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JARAI

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Thanks for your last lot of comments on the Sedang hill tribe. Iím glad you fell under the spell of those pretty young women.
Iím very proud of V3 so itís great you like it too. Those women, like many I have seen, were doing tough job in the fields. In fact wherever I went the women were working and I had nice chat with the men in cafes which is great place for playing cards.
ďThe largest minority group on the central highlands is the Jarai, with a population of roughly 250,000. It's thought that Jarai people left the coastal plains around 2000 years ago, settling on the fertile plateau around Plei Ku, in Kon Tum Province. Some ethnologists hold that Cham people (another ethnic minority) are in fact a branch of the Jarai, and they certainly share common linguistic traits and a matrilineal social order. Young Jarai women initiate the marriage proposal and afterwards the couple live in the wife's family home, with children taking their mother's name.Ē (www.vwam.com/vets/tribes/central.html)
This very old lady was quite intimidating at first but in fact was really nice. The lines on her face are just a reminder of her tough life through the wars against the French and then Americans as well as hard work in the countryside to be able to feed her family.
More photos of the village of Plei Puhn near Plei Ku in the Central Highlands will be posted in the next few few uploads as it was a most fascinating place.
I thought B & W would be more suitable for this strong character. As usual all comments welcomed.
Thank you,
Jean-NoŽl

Tags: Photo journalism Digitally manipulated Portraits and people Central vietnam Kon tum province Jarai hill tribe Plei puhn Near plei ku

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Comments


CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
19 Apr 2008 9:27AM
Fantastic, Jean-Noel, superb colour images of a battle-worn aged face. Carol

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AlanBW 13 20 England
19 Apr 2008 9:27AM
Fnatastic character images, she has amazing features
19 Apr 2008 9:28AM
the detailhere is great, love V1 myself, looks great in B&W
19 Apr 2008 9:33AM
Very evocetive image, well taken.
I do prefer 2&3 where she has the space on the left to look into.
andrewrit 12 3 Northern Ireland
19 Apr 2008 9:35AM
Superb work a lot of stories are hidden in this face excellent photos
Andy
luxaeternam 12 21 1
19 Apr 2008 9:39AM
Superb - what great leathery skin!
Smile Lucy
Car 11
19 Apr 2008 9:49AM
Fantastic shot that face tells a thousand stories and experiences well captured
User_Removed 11 78 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2008 9:53AM
Brilliant capture of life
panda 15 5 1 England
19 Apr 2008 10:07AM
That's what you call a lived in face, nice capture.

Regards Phil
pascalg Plus
12 37 France
19 Apr 2008 10:31AM
colour version is my favourite here...
maybe the attitude too
nickyv32 12 135 England
19 Apr 2008 10:40AM
Wow ! She has had a very tough life poor lady, great shot and we still moan.

Nicky
bayleaf 12 8 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2008 11:45AM
Amazing images. Very well done.

John.
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
19 Apr 2008 12:27PM
Such character in that face. I agree the monotone suits it well. You got some wonderful shots on that journey.
robway 14 318 Wales
19 Apr 2008 1:37PM
Fantastic portraits, great character in her face. Superb.
John
fenia 11 Greece
19 Apr 2008 1:48PM
Great character image! I love the detail and the expression in her eyes
lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
19 Apr 2008 2:18PM
Great series
19 Apr 2008 2:45PM
Excellent shot, JN.
Mac
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
19 Apr 2008 2:48PM
So full off life a great character

Peter
Hop-A-Long 12 52 1 England
19 Apr 2008 3:02PM
Fabulous images. By that is a well worn face.
Andy
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
19 Apr 2008 3:35PM
What a great character image series.
Bob
microchip 12 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2008 4:22PM
A super character photoes superb detail in each
Well captured,
Alan
dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2008 5:39PM
What an extrordinary character Jean..the face shows the lines of a hard life indeed.
Di
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
19 Apr 2008 5:50PM
Love this in B&W, especially # 2-- This is the face of a very hard life-- yet-- so full of life and sparkle!

Jennnnnn
GrahamBaines 12 39 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2008 8:53PM
This shot is full of characater, she certainally looks to have had a hard life.

Graham
ColouredImages 15 47 35 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2008 9:02PM
The b&w works well with her worn face, great candid portraits
Mike
phil_j 13 134 4 England
19 Apr 2008 9:29PM
Superb b&w, a really fantatsic portrait.

Phil
User_Removed 13 16 England
19 Apr 2008 10:16PM
Wonderfully detailed character captures!
Andrew
derekv 12 3 England
19 Apr 2008 10:36PM
Cracking portraits. J-N, superb detail.
Derek
TyChee 14 275 1 United States
20 Apr 2008 5:39AM
Fantastic character study
Brilane 13 5 12 Wales
20 Apr 2008 3:31PM
Lovely expressions.
Brian
Birte 12
21 Apr 2008 12:22PM
Fabulous B/W portrait.
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 7:14PM
A wonderful lined face which works so well in mono.

Phil.
anpix 11 88 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2008 6:31AM
great photos v2 for me
gossyboy 11 460 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2008 11:23AM
Excellent detailed image.

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