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Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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headscarf, tajikistan, khorog, old woman, panj, embroidered cap, green headscarf, malvoj, people, green, travel, portrait, woman, scarf, cap, stare, staring, embroidery


The road was bad and full of holes, the river next to it fast and wild. On a side road there was a little building and some road maintenance equipment, likely often needed with the river like this. While we were passing (slowly, because the road was so bad here) a woman came walking off that side road – and suddenly stood stock still, staring up the mountain face across the river. What did she see there? She was obviously aware of us, staying to the edge of the road, but paid no attention to us. I was fascinated by her look.

Only seconds later, she turned her head and did look at us – just a look, her thoughts apparently on other things. There was no village nearby – did she live in that little building? If not, she’d have to walk for hours to reach the next village…

She’s wearing warm clothes, it’s pretty high here and chilly. She wears a traditional embroidered cap (this type of embroidery is done with a crochet needle), a purple headscarf over it, and a large green headscarf loosely thrown over everything; her necklace is remarkable, too (view larger!).

Taken along the river Panj, somewhere between Khorog and Malvoj, no village visible nearby, Tajikistan 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
 

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