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    I found this woman outside the train station in Hangzhou. She was sitting by herself waiting on someone or something. Like most Chinese, she didn't speak a word of English, and none of my international gesticulations seemed to trigger a response. Except, that is, for the one when I asked if I could take a photo. She nodded happily and sat serenely while I grabbed a shot. I walked on, and turned around to wave. She gave me a little nod.

    There are a lot of the older generation in China that I am sure are completely amazed by what is happening of late there. I wished I could have asked her a few questions, but my Mandarin is woefully inept. My 8-year-old son is taking lessons... maybe I'll have to take him with me next time to act as translator!

    from the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

    zsoltika, AM_DB, @darrel, szeke, and 56 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. lucidez [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      I like this. Nice break from the HDR.

    2. C Ray Dancer 71 months ago | reply

      Excellent processing

    3. bevcraigwhite 71 months ago | reply

      one hundred years ago you made this portrait, I think !!!
      well well done !!!
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    4. stephanie.feng 71 months ago | reply

      well, sometimes, for us, even I am Chinese, the young generation and old generation are hard to communicate. It's not the barrier of language. It's just the barrier if you are will to know them or care them. They are friendly even they don't understand what you are doing or what the world is happening. But if they are open to the new things, it's also easier to limit the distance. My 90-year-old grand-grandma is still fashion and keep herself updated. So I still can talk with her anything. :)

    5. susan_r4 71 months ago | reply

      Love this shot of her Trey!

    6. Beefus 71 months ago | reply

      What an amazing portrait!
      The tones and processing add incredible depth to an already-outstanding image!

    7. amlkal 71 months ago | reply

      what a great subject..... great job!!!

    8. Nuragic Man~A bit busy 71 months ago | reply

      Very fine work!
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      Foto molto bella!
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    9. karensk7 71 months ago | reply

      Just beautiful..

    10. purolipan 71 months ago | reply

      Lovely piscture, this old folks are an asset for any nation! Your story is also very interesting!

    11. Photo Twister 71 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work.
      Vey nice.

    12. *Kid*Doc*One* 71 months ago | reply

      Very well done. Different than most of your other photos and that is nice.

    13. Vlad Bezden 71 months ago | reply

      Very nice, and very touchy.

    14. Stuck in Customs 70 months ago | reply

      Thank you everyone :)

    15. Nick Carlson 70 months ago | reply

      amazing portrait!

    16. ShanLuPhoto 70 months ago | reply

      great portrait, my heart is touched by this portait, by this story-telling face.

      your son is learning Mandarin? wow, I'm actually curious what kind of questions you wanna ask to elder Chinese?

    17. guavaphotos.com 70 months ago | reply

      Great portrait, works so well in mono

    18. kay's kamera 70 months ago | reply

      This lovely woman's face speaks volumes.
      How funny if you found out she was a Chinese/American
      tourist and decided to just put you on...which explains the sly smile!

    19. shotzy 70 months ago | reply

      You had a connecting moment with her ... look at this image. She is totally engaged with you as you took the shot. Fabulous.

    20. babylaughter 70 months ago | reply

      Didn't see this until I checked on your blog! I love your portraits! I love how happy she looks even though she doesn't know you! What a friendly woman! Her face reminds me of one of my grandmothers.

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