Monday, January 26, 2009

The thistle seller

Doesn't this lady have the most wonderful face? This photo is actually from a while ago, though I saw her again not long ago on the street. In this photo, she is selling thistles and some pussy willows. It was quite a cold day and I felt sorry for her, so I bought everything she had, and she let me take her picture.

26 comments:

Antjas said...

This sweet lady and your branch seller remind me of my dear baka who also wore scarves and many layers and never in her 98 years wore a pair of pants How old do you think these ladies are? They seem to have lived through some hard times with dignity.

Your blog has been a great inspiration to me. If you have time, I've finally gotten my blog off the ground at http://Sudburydailyphoto.blogspot.com.

Joan said...

What a wonderful picture. Her face is priceless. I feel the same way sometimes and offer people a few dollars just for the picture either of them or their wares.

Virginia said...

This is the best street portrait I have seen. Go back and buy more. I"ll send money! Bibi, save this one. It's just a fabulous capture and is sooo representative of your city I think.
V

Kate said...

Bibi, this is a wonderful photo of a woman with character and a map of her life written on her face and bearing. Both her face and hands are careworn but graceful. Lovely!

Kate said...

Bibi, this is a wonderful photo of a woman with character and a map of her life written on her face and bearing. Both her face and hands are careworn but graceful. Lovely!

richies said...

What a face. It makes you want to know her story.

An Arkie's Musings

Ken Mac said...

your photos are astounding! What camera are you using and what lens for this perfect shot? stunning.

Petrea said...

One of the most beautiful portraits I've seen. Pat, you've outdone yourself and everyone else!

Thérèse said...

Her soul is in her eyes.

Marie Reed said...

Darling Bibi! It's been a pleasure watching the evolution of your shots. Your photography have gone PRO! Your talent has blossomed and grown into something extraordinary!

Mim said...

Wonderful face and wonderful shot.

What does one do with thistles? Keep them in the living room as ornaments or feed them to a donkey?

soulbrush said...

what an incredible face she has, so much wisdom shines from it, and she is probably so used to the street and the cold, wow! aren't we so lucky to be cosy and warm in winter?

Babooshka said...

Dare I say I told you so. It's another wonderful natural portrait. The colours are naturally rich as are her features and gestures. Bless you for kindness. It's so refreshing for me to view your images. You give a jaded professional hope that ll is not lost to computer.

differenceayearmakes said...

wonderful picture! I agree with you about the face - I just love faces.

Petrea said...

I agree with Marie Reed.

MuseSwings said...

She is beautiful! I'd be willing to guess she's several years younger than I am. Our lives have taken considerably different paths. I just love your pictures!

marley said...

Her face tells the story. Great capture.

Clueless in boston said...

Beautiful portrait of the woman. I think it would work wonderfully in B+W also.

Marie-Noyale said...

She smiles with her eyes too..
You shot a beautiful portrait.

Alexa said...

I'm with Petrea, Bibi. And I have a feeling you would have bought all of her wares even if you didn't have a camera with you. Either way, that was a lovely gesture. This woman does indeed have a truly beautiful face—which you have captured. Well done!

Tamera said...

What a face! What a great portrait!

Belgrade Daily Photo said...

I agree with the others here, outstanding portrait!

I wonder if this also the same woman in my picture?
http://belgradedailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/12/27-marta.html
Here

Chuck Pefley said...

Nicely done, Bibi on all levels.

Now where were you yesterday when I was shivering in the cold at the market??

Jilly said...

This is absolutely fabulous. A beautiful portrait of a wonderful woman. She has many lines from a long and doubtless hard life but she has such a kind face, doesn't she? Am so glad you bought everything she had. Well done on the great portrait.

Saretta said...

Wonderful photo! I'm just curious, is there much of a market for thistles and pussy willows? Do people use them for decorating?

malena Sandra said...

You made me cry.This is the face of Srbija some of us know about,thank you very much,kind regards from cold Holland,Aleksandra.