On Top of the World (1978)

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    India, Ladakh, Himalaya (1978)
    She will have children of her own by now.
    (was on Explore Sept. 29, 2008, No 273)

    From all my analog photos this is the one dearest to me. And it has its little story, too. We were amongst the first foreigners ever to visit Ladakh after India's independece. I would go out and play with the children in the fields and take photos. She was the youngest one and very shy. Covered her face with her dirty hands every time i tried. Then finally i surprised her in one inattentive moment. This is not that shot but the one after. When she started to laugh about having finally lost our game.

    Winner in Best Candid Photos of Children's Group Icon Contest(September 08)

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    (This is much the original photo. I covered some scratches only.)

    Cassie FX, °Karma°, and 230 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Collin Key 35 months ago | reply

      thank you so much :))

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    3. 2start 29 months ago | reply

      Hey, vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar gestern. Das freut eine Anfängerin! :) Von deinen Bildern war ich so begeistert und hätte noch mehr Favoriten setzen können, die Bilder sind wirklich besonders! Leider fehlen mir immer die Worte, um einen sinnigen Kommentar zu schreiben. Deshalb setze ich nur still Favoriten, wenn mir etwas besonders gut gefällt. Ich schaue immer gerne vorbei, was es Wundervolles bei dir gibt. LG Nanny

    4. ~sin~star~ 28 months ago | reply

      what a wonderful story! thank you for sharing.

    5. kate053 27 months ago | reply

      Formidable portrait!! bravo

    6. Boreal Bird (away) 27 months ago | reply

      This is one of the most powerful and moving images I have ever seen. Perhaps it is magnified by the fact that my own girl is currently close to the same age as this sweet and beautiful girl.

      Thank you, Collin, for taking the time to browse my stream today. I am but a humble beginner and I find your work inspiring. Take care.

    7. schwede123 26 months ago | reply

      I have seen this beautiful photo in:

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      You can tag your photo...... "☼ il filo d'Arianna "
      Seen in the group"☼ il filo d'Arianna °°P1 - C2 °° "sweeper IS active" " ( ?² )

    8. Zita Kamugira 26 months ago | reply

      have seen this beautiful photo in:

      ☼ il filo d'Arianna group

      il filo d'arianna

      You can tag your photo...... "☼ il filo d'Arianna "

    9. Rabari-fan 26 months ago | reply

      I'd walk a million miles to take a picture like this - you're lucky to have seen these places before the world really started growing smaller these past couple of decades. Catch these peoples while you can in their native & indigenous cultural settings before they all trade it in for sporty 'clothes' at a local Ladakh SportsDirect shop or a Primark. Maybe a book publication of your work one day?

    10. chejoma 23 months ago | reply

      Fabulosa, muy buena, Esa expresion es genial.

      [ via Collin Key's flickriver  --chejoma ]

    11. @petra 22 months ago | reply

      This image is just extraordinary and it speaks
      of you, from back in time.
      This makes it even more special.
      Please join my new group with it...
      I would be very very pleased.
      Danke schön!

    12. S A D E [deleted] 22 months ago | reply

      ... makes me feel good,..
      Seen in:
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    13. glasseyes view 22 months ago | reply

      Seen in:
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      your shot makes every viewer happy too, great capture!

    14. ps70 ...,,.,., 22 months ago | reply

      she is an incredible girl
      her sweet smiles touches!
      A wonderful portrait!

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    15. anna anton * 22 months ago | reply

      i'm in love with this one :)

    16. Soledad Bezanilla 20 months ago | reply

      Beautiful, tender. Brilliant !!!

    17. PHOTOPHOB 6 days ago | reply

      Zurecht ein Winner Foto !

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