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I asked this lady to pose for me together with her daughters. She willingly obliged, even though it's not usual for Afghan women to say yes to a camera-shaking tourist. Maybe it was because I visited her house together with Malang (https://www.trekearth.com/workshops/1586266/photo222294.htm) and Azim (https://www.trekearth.com/workshops/1580371/photo220833.htm). Malang is a bit of a legend among the Wakhi people - I only met him briefly but everywhere I went, there was always someone who would ask my guide Azim about him. Where is Malang, how is he doing, what is he doing... were the (translated to me) questions we heard all the time.

I took three or four photos of this mother and her kids. After the first one she seemed to have lost interest (or courage) and started looking away from the camera. That first photo, to my dismay later, when I edited them back at home, came out unsharp. However, looking at them now, I actually prefer this one. It's more natural, unposed, as if I caught them on camera while they were paying no attention to their surroundings.

Except for the girl on the left. Her intense gaze really makes this a special photo for me.

A different take on the decisive moment theme...

I'll post two more images in WS.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 7 N: 2860] (15400)
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