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photo contest slideshow
The world which the ankind creates.
Sunlight on a lucky bamboo
In the Kyrgyz yurt
Women with beautiful nose pin
Ruins of St. Paul's at night #2
Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush
LADY WITH HER GOAT
LOOKING DOWN
Winter Pony
Keep Out
Wave crashing over rock at Point Pinos, Monterey.
Ushna
Ruins of St. Paul's at night #1
Seaweed on the Beaches of Playa del Carmen
Stick bird
Sunrise on Rehoboth Bay
Huge bulk ships waiting for loading grains in Commencement Bay.
Searching for Other Worlds
Coffee invitation in Gostusa
Synchronized march
Cheshire Gecko
A room with a view
Artic White
17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Ushna

Ushna, means "fragrance of flowers". I was staring at her eyes, but she never dared to look back. Instead, she kept her eyes down & her anxiety was pretty obvious. I was in a small village 13km away from Leh, the capital of Ladakh, India. I request her Brother’s permission to take some photos of her. After asking her first, he invited me inside their wonderful wooden house & showed me their family’s old furniture. He introduced me to the rest of the family & we took some tea. The time was passing pleasantly without even noticing & when the shooting started, it was already late afternoon. The light wasn’t enough in the garden. So, we strolled in the fields next to the house, chasing the last sunlight. The field had a clear view to a monastery & the view of Karakoram mountains …Into that scenery, she let her soul free, looked fully confident & strong... I share 3hours of my life with this kind & generous family. We shared dreams & exchanged experiences. We may be strangers, but if we put aside our prejudice & we open up, we will discover that there are more things that unite us, rather than divide us.

TAGS: India, Ladakh, Landscape, Mountains, People, Portrait

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2018
Total Views: 28
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2019, 11:32 a.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D5300
Focal Length: 42mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f8
ISO: ISO400
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PHOTO LOCATION Leh, India