Wednesday, December 3, 2008

100 Stranger Challenge - Mother and Son


I took this photograph in the Charles de Gaulle Airport on my way back from Paris. I regret I cannot tell you more about this mother and her son.  She spoke no English.  The little boy was very well behaved and delighted when I showed him his pictures on my camera.  What a a special privilege to be able to capture their beautiful faces!

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20 comments:

alice said...

First! A perfect portrait, colors, faces, smiles...all is perfect!

Olivier said...

un beau portrait avec une belle saturation des couleurs, superbe
a nice portrait with a nice saturation of colours, haughtiness

Bibi said...

Lovely photo, which shows interaction and your personality with those who posed for you!

babooshka said...

Does it not make a change to see someome who embraces her age rather than disguise it.Not Wetern then. Also to point a camera and be treated to a scowl in return. Lovely portrait, the orange really pops.

Tanya said...

Oh they are gorgeous! Love her eyes, they are so expressive and you captured them perfectly! Honestly, that was very courageous of you asking to take their photo with the language/culture barrier. Good for you!

angela said...

What a lovely photo. The expressions on their faces are amazing but it's the orange that really sets it all off.

Virginia said...

Tanya,
I sat for over an hour trying to decide whether or not to ask. Finally the photographer in me won out. I knew I would never forgive myself if I didn't ask!! I resorted to a sort of sign language and I think it was a diversion for us all. I took 5 or 6 and I don't think he had seen himself on a camera before. Now I am so glad I took the chance.

Laurie said...

V, you just bring out the light in people. It's like you are a light magnet or something. What a joyful image! I'm with Babooshka, I love it when women embrace age with a happy-go-lucky flare instead of trying to disguise it. (Here's to my emerging crow's feet!!!) The orange is lovely here, too, isn't it?

When I have more time, I want to try some of these portaits-of-strangers shots. You really do them so well, my dear.

JM said...

Beautiful portrait, Virginia!

marley said...

Oh Virginia! This is one of your best photos ever! (and you have a lot of good ones!) I'm so pleased for us that you overcame the language barrier and took this :)

D.C. Confidential said...

Wow! Great portrait! I love her eyes. So haunting and raw. And what a charming little boy. Well done, VJ. Very, very well done!

Lisa Marie said...

A breathtaking portrait Mumsey!

Halcyon said...

Beautiful! Mother and child have a lot of character.

USelaine said...

You really have presented her with such gentleness here. The color of her hijab seems to extend her warmth.

Katie said...

What a delightful portrait! I just love the idea of the 100 strangers challenge. I really do want to know more about this mother and son now!

Just Roaming The Cities said...

I was wondering if you got to speak to her and see if it was really mother and son? Because her face looks as if it might be grandmother and grandson. But maybe she is weathered by life, as some are...maybe we're used to too much hollywood facelifts! Plus most women here stop having kids by about 35...in other countries I'm not sure that it is that way. I think some stop having children when their body stops producing them!
Nice blog...I've stopped by but I don't know if I've commented til now :)

The Life and Times of a Southern Foodie said...

They are just gems!

I love the colors

Jilly said...

I love this photograph. The colours, the naturalness of it. I'd just venture to say that I think they could be grandmother and son, not mother and son. Look at her lines.

Virginia said...

I wish I knew. She could not communicate at all. It was odd and I really tried. You could be right about her age. I thought her face so very interesting. Who knows what she and the boy have seen or experienced.
V

Ming the Merciless said...

They have such bright smiles.