Day 16~ October 16th~ Yunnan

Hani woman delighting at her little gift

After 5 days of being around these beautiful people in the mountains of Yunnan’s Honghe area, my two traveling companions and I realized that we had not seen a single other foreigner around since our arrival, and we knew that we and our ways must appear so strange to the locals. I had brought a small polaroid camera with me to offer small photos as gifts, and to my utter surprise, most of the older people had no idea that the photos were theirs. They would look at the photo after taking it from me, look at, smile and give it back wondering why I was showing them these people printed on the paper. It was so brilliant ย and such a great privilege to witness a culture still separated from modernism and its grip.

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  1. Wonderful portrait, Mimo, so full of warmth. Adrian

  2. Such a naive beauty in her eyes.. long may she be free of western influences..

  3. Fantastic photograph Mimo, it really has taken my breathe away. I shall definitely be wanting to find out more about these people of the Yunnan. Kind regards, James

  4. Full of Joy!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  5. Fantastic photo Mimo. What a lovely expression as well.

  6. She has such a beautiful face, and the colors of her clothing are amazing. Love this one, Mimo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. That’s why I love your beautiful work.

  8. Quel magnifique sourire dans les yeux !!! Elle est belle et a l’air heureuse de se voir !!!

  9. littel ego they have ,,,,,, old /
    new age ….way do we feel the need to take so many picturtes

  10. No mirrors? Did she not recognise herself? How amazing that must be. I do love this ladies head dress, I could wear that working out on the farmy.. it looks warm. c

    • I did not see any mirrors while there ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure the younger generation uses mirrors though. These ladies were nonstop working, from the rice fields, to building their homes, tending animals, planting, children.. you name it. It was dizzying watching them buzzing around! But you get that c

  11. Beautiful picture and beautiful words!!! I wanted to thank you for your interest in my items, she was one of the first people who decided to follow my blog and that makes me very happy! A greeting. Antonio

  12. What a great face. Wonderful. Was she dressed for some special occasion or is this her everyday garb. Fantastic clothes!

  13. Thanks for sharing the story of them returning the photo, which seems so innocent and genuine. Love the colors of her outer clothing!

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