Photographer's Note

It clearly wasn't a portrait photography situation. While I like the contrast, I would have preferred to show this lady's eyes in brighter light. Like all ladies in Wakhan, she was very shy and refused point-blank when I asked for a photo. But Azim, my guide, managed to talk her into it. They know each other well, she is his boss's spouse. She is the wife of Malang Daria, an almost legendary (for those who have trekked in Afghan Pamir) guide who, in his youth, used to work as a porter on expeditions organised by foreign tour agencies and then started his own travel business that benefits the local economy rather than siphon the money off and into other countries. He is rarely at home, especially during the mountaineering season.

I had an honour to meet Malang a few days later, in another village. I will upload two photos taken on that occasion in WS:
1. A portrait of Malang, taken in equally challenging light.
2. Preparations for an expedition into Pamir. I was told "Come with us". I really would have loved to. It's amazing what opportunities we sometimes waste because we haven't got time.

I would like to use this image to answer a question Paul asked in his kind comment to my last post, regarding the interaction of Ismaili women and the Taliban. Fortunately, there wasn't any. Taliban never reached those villages. Neither did the war against the Soviets in the last century. The region has been heavily affected by the poverty resulting from the war but it remained peaceful. I hope it will stay that way.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1692 W: 9 N: 3498] (17672)
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