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First born, a mother's love by John Spies

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This picture was taken in 1979 in a remote Black Lahu village on the Thai-Burmese border. The mother, Amy-Sor, is obviously proud of her healthy first daughter, Na Fa. I was living with her extended family at the time in her village, Ban Huoy Hea, which was 6 hours walk from the nearest road. I took the picture with a Nikon FM2, Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lense, using Kodachrome slide film. Natural light. It is one of my favourite shots.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 5 years ago

    lovely photo. . .

  • annamora
    annamoraover 5 years ago


  • Thanks annarmora, she is a beautiful person and her warmth is captured in her serene expression. This shot was a favourite of my mother, who visited me in Thailand many times before she passed away.

    – John Spies

  • Moshe Cohen
    Moshe Cohenover 5 years ago

    Exellent photo.

  • thanks Moshe for your comment

    – John Spies

  • Daidalos
    Daidalosover 5 years ago

    John another masterpiece. So you dont handle only landscapes. Also portraits and human / social photography at master level.
    Romantic and Poetry with photographical techniques. I think I get your aim…
    This is souch a touching picture.
    I love mothers and their children.
    This is so special.
    Ok I will have to study your portfolio more profoundly.

  • Wow, what a nice comment. This is one of my favourites, and the mother’s expression transcends cultural boundaries.

    – John Spies

  • jacqleen
    jacqleenover 5 years ago


  • Always been one of my favourites, and one of the first photographs I took on a Nikon camera my mother bought for me in 1979. She loved this shot.

    – John Spies

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    You can definitely feel the love in this one John. A beautiful moment in time you have captured :)

  • she certainly radiates love

    – John Spies

  • Taylor Sawyer
    Taylor Sawyerover 5 years ago

  • Thanks Taylor for the honour, my first feature with your group, cool

    – John Spies

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisover 5 years ago
    Beautiful capture John…you can see she really loves that child…there is a lot of depth here.
  • Lovely comment Margaret

    – John Spies

  • Terri Chandler
    Terri Chandlerover 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture! The baby IS adorable!! Such beautiful eyes. Love it!

  • Isn’t she cute, I also love her little black hand sewn top with the silver button, and the blessing threads that elders have tied around her wrists.

    – John Spies

  • Tracey Hampton
    Tracey Hamptonover 5 years ago

    beautiful image a treasure

  • They were very lovely, still are. Such peaceful people….

    – John Spies

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