Sidewalk Stare by Valerie Rosen

Watched this lady for quite some time on a quiet Sunday afternoon in Antigua, Guatemala. She seemed to be completely busy in her own mind, in her own space, looking into her bag then staring off. It took so long before she noticed me, by which time I had gotten plenty of shots. This is my favorite of the lot. Way too many colors in the shot, so went with B&W. So much character in her face.

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Valerie Rosen is a social documentary photographer, best recognized for her evocative portraiture from the streets of India and Nepal. She and her camera gear are currently based in her native Montreal, Canada, working as a freelance portrait and events photographer and private photography coach. Please send a bubblemail for inquiries. Thanks for visiting! Check out my website

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  • Berns
    Bernsabout 4 years ago

    This is stunning Val, would love to see the colour one too!

  • So so delayed, berns, but very grateful for your comment. Haven’t managed a colour version that appeals to me, yet… :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work Val.

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment, Indrani! :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Jordan Miscamble
    Jordan Miscambleabout 4 years ago

    Lovely photo Val!

  • Thanks so much, Jordan!! :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • abigcat
    abigcatabout 4 years ago

    As stunning as this is, I would like to see the colour version aat some point :-))

  • Thank you! Haven’t quite managed a good version in colour, yet… :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 4 years ago

    This really is an amazing shot! The kind of shot I’d expect to see in a magazine. Beautifully done..the B&W is perfect!

  • So wonderful of you to say, Karen!!! :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Shubd
    Shubdabout 4 years ago

    We have a a $20 RB voucher up for grabs over at the group Anything We Wear ( including Bling) as prize for the challenge Let’s have it in Black and White for BnW and sepia images … just THREE days left for entries to be submitted !!

  • So nice of you to let me know, Shubd! Will enter now! :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 4 years ago

    Wonderfully done, Val. So knew it was yours x

  • Hi Maureen! So wonderful of you to say! :-)) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 4 years ago

    It really is easy to tell your work now Dear.. there is a certain unmistaken quality.. your ability to capture the very soul of a person is remarkable.. Brava!! xoxoxo

  • Thanks so much, Mum! :-) v.

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 4 years ago

    Marvelous shot!

  • Thank you so much, Shulie! :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Jean-Luc Rollier
    Jean-Luc Rollierabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding shot! Beautiful B&W treatment!

  • Thank you so much, Jean-Luc! Really appreciate it! :-)) val

    – Valerie Rosen

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