Ludiya Kutchi

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    A Megwhal tribal in Ludiya, towards the Pakitan border. In this region a woman's status is indicated by the size of her nose-ring.

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    1. dotspiral [deleted] 98 months ago | reply

      nice equipment. but what for? :)))))))

    2. Life As It Happens 98 months ago | reply

      that's one big nose ring

    3. irenerinconiriondo 98 months ago | reply

      i like your photographs very much... i am curious about how you approach the people you photograph. what do you say to them when you want them to pose for you?

    4. Meanest Indian 98 months ago | reply

      @ airin: I always ask people if it is OK to photograph them. I often move them to a more suitable background/ lighting (occasionally something I've spotted a block away, but usually close by!) I often ask them to look in a number of different directions & put myself in different positions to get a selection of shots to choose from. I always show them an image from the back of my camera. Basically I'm pretty bossy but try and make my subjects feel special in the process. It helps that I have a cheeky smile!

    5. dalva 97 months ago | reply

      Incredible jewels !!! How does she sleep :-)

    6. Lemrin Jackson 96 months ago | reply

      this woman's status must be quite high since her nose ring is really big...lovely portrait!

    7. Elishams 96 months ago | reply

      You choosed the best angle, the magnificent neckless on foreground and nose ring just above, plus the red embroided dress make this portrait special. I understand your interaction involves people in the shot, the right way to do it I think, it's fun too. As you say, need to be cheecky, and in a good mood. That we can see in the way the woman looks at you. Superbe.

    8. will taylor 95 months ago | reply

      What a portrait - wonderful subject and perfect composition, well done!
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    9. Shubnum Gill 90 months ago | reply

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    10. † Jimmy MacDonald † 87 months ago | reply

      Another great shot & great colours, I love all your portraits in the 'faces of india set' Her nose ring is it attached to the strap on the side coming down the of her face? otherwise I think the ring would hang a lot lower down the side of her face.

    11. Meanest Indian 87 months ago | reply

      @ Jimmy: Thanks for your kind (& bold!) words. Actually if the strap was not there the ring would tear through her nose as its solid gold and extremely heavy.

    12. orange tuesday 85 months ago | reply

      Excellent. You had better luck than me in Ludiya.

      I went twice and didn't really contact with the people there, though they do look fabulous!! Especially this portrait.

      Your comment to @ airin: above.

      Can I ask - do you talk to them while you take your photos?

      I agree - showing the digital screen works wonders!!

    13. Meanest Indian 85 months ago | reply

      @ orange tuesday: Thanks for your interest. With most people I talk with them (in my terrible Hindi!) throughout. In the north of Kutch I go with a local guide form Bhuj who is well known and respected by the villages we go to. He stops and have chai with many of them. I don't drink chai so take this opportunity to photograph.

    14. zomari12 [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

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    16. Cuqui Ros 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Embracing Life - a group for women who live with passion!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      another stunning portrait !

    17. saraleeky 73 months ago | reply

      a true gem!!! lovely!!!

    18. latreloar 55 months ago | reply

      love your Indian portraits, just spent 2 months in Raj and Gujarat, Kutch was special! This is amazing nose jewelry, really interesting collection you have made here.

    19. Rabari-fan 35 months ago | reply

      glorious image - love the Kutchi region & left my heart in Bhuj. Wonderful photostream, keep up the important work!

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