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Lal Bahadur by LindelCaine Lal Bahadur by LindelCaine
"I've never seen anyone who looks like you before, with your hair the colour of rice at harvest time. You are wearing a good jacket,- with so many pockets,- that's a fine jacket. ... and what is that thing you hold in your hands ? CAM-ER-A ? A Camera ?

Yes, I've seen photos, there were two on the wall of a relative's home, in a village three days walk from here. The photos were of some of their family who now live in Kathmandu. No, I've never been to the city. I've walked far in these mountains and I've heard about the city and roads, buses and other things but I've never seen them. Others from my family have been to the city, but not me. I have all I need here, this village is my home, I'm happy here. I looked at those two photos for a long time, because I couldn't understand what they were. My relatives tried to explain them to me, but I wondered how they came to be. So, now I see, that is the tool that makes them,- a cam-er-a you say ?

It's very cold tonight. I'm and old man, my body aches. The cold didn't feel so bad when I was young, working in the fields all day and strong, but now, ... well, I still tend the fields and the animals, but it's getting harder for me with each passing winter. My children and grandchildren do most of the work now, ah well, that's how life goes, doesn't it ?

Our home is simple. We have only firelight in the dark hours. Our fire is small because wood is hard to find these days, it wasn't so before. Come, sit by the fire and I will speak of how life was here when I was younger and could you tell me of your country, your life, your cam-er-a."

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In a mountain village, Nepal.

A retrospective image. 100 ASA Fujichrome FILM.

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Edit, October,11,2013 : Hello my friends, as I work with an old computer and have only recently seen the difference between the color of my screen and how an image looks on modern screens, I am reposting some of my images while I've access to a newer screen, with edited images in colors and tones as close as possible to the original film image. I hope you like the improvement, I'm sorry that you've not been seeing images as they should be seen. ... wishing you days filled with smiles, my friends. ♡
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Thank you for the honour. :rose:
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martaraff Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
*:sun:*
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Nattygrego Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
simply beautiful...... thanks a lot for this piece of dream
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Thank you for your kind words. :rose:

... piece of a dream,... yet it was absolute reality.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Absolutely beautiful Lindel! :clap:
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Special in my memories, Doug. I was working on an assignment at the time. In the evenings I would be invited to visit with villagers from time to time and this was one of those moments at the end of a long day, when I was welcomed, tired, cold, still carrying my equipment and wearing my photo-jacket, into this family's home. :rose:
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Wonderful memories. And it's often those who have nothing that welcome you into their homes with warmth and share with you. Nice exposure for slide film, it's usually so unforgiving!
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
About Fujchrome slide film, I always deliberately underexposed the film by about half a stop, (depending on the situation). There was no Kodachrome processing in Nepal and it was only possible to purchase Fujichrome or Kodak Ectachrome slide film, for Pro. work,- I preferred the colour and the "look" of Fujichrome film. With Fujichrome, I found that by underexposing, there was much more detail to be found, stronger, potent colour (the colours of Aisa! The vibrant colours of life that surrounded me.) and images had more contrast, when published.

In the case of this moment,- After speaking with the old gentleman and his family for some time, he beckoned me to sit by the fire. You can see by his expression, that I, my photo-jacket (which bulged with cameras, lenses and rolls of film) and equipment, was quite a new thing for him to see.

Lal Bahadur looked so wonderful in the firelight and, as he was interested in my camera and understanding how photos came to be, I asked could I take his photo. He agreed, but was surprised and in wonder as I pointed the lens at him. Steadying the camera with elbows on knees, I exposed for the bright areas, just one "click" then took off my jacket and put the camera away and shared a hot cup of tea and conversation with this soft spoken old man and his family.

I was working on photography relating to conservation, deforestation and reaforestation, with village people in the mountains of Nepal, at the time.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
That's very interesting Lindel, I see you're a writer as well as a photographer :)
I have a lots of old Kodachrome slides, some of which are overexposed. I thought they were junk but kept them and am amazed at how you can bring them back to life in Photoshop.
Lovely story and photo!
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