In one of the many corridors through the Central Temples at Angkor, in Cambodia, a Khmer woman and her daughter sell incense and offerings to tourists. On a particularly hot day, too warm to venture from their cool stonework position, the girl in red pyjamas was bored and tired from staying polite and still all afternoon. As I approached with a smile and sat to rest across the central walkway, the young girl tugged at her mother’s sleeve as a way of asking permission to come and say hello. This shot was captured after the woman had looked my way to see my reaction to the request, but before she’d given the nod to her daughter. I love the knowing smile on the mother’s face, and the daughter’s expression of boredom with the present, wistful for a new adventure.
Many passed in the short time the girl in the red pyjamas and I got to know each other- we shared smiles, looked at each others hands and faces and we shared a drink of water on a hot day. But this shot reminds me of the second I spent with her mother- in a busy hallway, with a sense of serenity and a recognition of the value of her patience- and the time to share a smile.

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  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 5 years ago


  • thank you Gini :)

    – Kristi Bryant

  • KerrieMcSnap
    KerrieMcSnapabout 5 years ago

    That little girl is great!

  • isn’t she? i love that kids can be so expressive without words, we sat and ‘chatted’ for a while!!

    – Kristi Bryant

  • marieangel
    marieangelabout 5 years ago

    a beautiful write and capture got to fav this one thank you for sharing your special memoriesx

  • thanks Angel! x

    – Kristi Bryant

  • Nedim Bosnic
    Nedim Bosnicalmost 5 years ago

    This is great image because of girl but colors also makes this image especially. Kristi congratulations.

  • I’m so glad you like it Nedim :)

    – Kristi Bryant

  • J.M. Romig
    J.M. Romigalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing shot!

  • Thanks JMR!!

    – Kristi Bryant

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 5 years ago

    This wonderful photo has been selected to be Featured in Beautiful
    This photo reflects a type of beauty that is almost impossible to capture with a camera.

  • oh wow!! Many many thanks Estes!

    – Kristi Bryant

  • Darren Kearney
    Darren Kearneyalmost 5 years ago

    you got it all here. Nicely done. I like your description of the moment.

  • thanks dks

    – Kristi Bryant

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful image and story Kristi! :)

  • Thanks Tatum! So glad you like it :-)

    – Kristi Bryant

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely story to fit a cracker of a shot.

  • Thankyou Cosimopiro, the story is why I love this photo too :)

    – Kristi Bryant

  • annie curry
    annie curryalmost 5 years ago

    WOW, I love this one!

  • Thanks Annie, they were two of the most memorable people I met in Cambodia, I’m so glad I got a couple of shots!

    – Kristi Bryant

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