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The Future - 8th March 2008

The Future - 8th March 2008
Photo Information
Copyright: Kev Ryan (KevRyan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1784 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your Favourites 2, Favourite portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 12:11
Viewed: 9053
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A young Christian Palestinian woman from the Bethlehem area - a young woman with a bright academic future and a burning desire to see peace in her land.
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Hi kev
Wow a really beautiful portrait/capture with great tones, bravo à toi

Stunning portrait Kev. The eyes are so intense, and there is great contact with the camera. The tight crop works very well & range of tones is excellent. A proud young woman trying to study in what are very difficult times.

Very warm regards, Roberto

Hi Kev,
A few minutes ago, i was looking at the website Magnumphotos.com, and now this one. Suddenly your photo looked really like one of those great artworks.
The veil, the gaze, the curls, the light in the left eye, the white/sephia duo... all splendid details.
A very attractive one from the archives...
All the best,

Hi Kev,
Great portrait - the use of the veil adds an element of mystery to the woman and emphasizes the eyes. It would be interesting to see a colour version of this photo also. Thanks for sharing,

And I wish her peace in a very sad day here in Spain. Nice portrait Kev, not surprising coming from you. Take care.

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  • erel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 0 N: 384] (11890)
  • [2008-03-08 12:39]

Harika çok çok güzel bir portre..BRAVOOOOOOOOOO.EREL

Hi Kev
This is a beautifull portrait. The glance is full of mystery. Excellent light and sharpness and very nice close cropping

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  • Nolme Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 42 N: 1019] (6829)
  • [2008-03-08 13:18]

magnifique portrait
un regard profond avec une attitude naturelle

Salut Kev..
Un super portrait, un regard qui laisse passer beaucoup d'émotion..

does eyes great

Hi Kev, such an intense gaze. Beautiful and strong. Fantastic tight framing. I love the fact that her scarf leads your eye throughout and frames her eyes as well. You can feel her desire for peace in that gaze. Rgds, Leilani

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  • faubry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 340 N: 4524] (35447)
  • [2008-03-08 16:00]

hello kev, a powerful shot, i like these eyes, very strong glance... wonderful portrait and good note.
take care

Hello Kev,
beautiful portrait, excellent sharpness and depth of field, beautiful tones and nice lighting, great pose and fantastic eye contact.

Hi Kev,
This is an excellent portrait made more dramatic by the tight cropping. This forces focus onto those lovely eyes which seem filled with charm and intelligence. The B&W format has worked exceptionally well particularly with the flow of the fabric. Very well done.
Cheers Grant

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  • MarcT Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2055 W: 428 N: 4747] (20964)
  • [2008-03-08 21:13]

Hi Kevin,
That's a wonderful portrait with really gorgeous eyes. You know what? Nurses, in the OR (operating room) know really well how to use those eyes behind a mask.. :))

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  • clio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2211 W: 282 N: 5256] (27961)
  • [2008-03-09 0:51]

Hi Kev
Beautiful portrait. The intensity of the glance is still stressed by this white veil.
We speak in Europe of day about the women because we are 8 Mars, which future for Palestine and in particular for women who live there?
A very beautiful photo for an important testimony.

hi kev
excellent portrait, it could have been better framed, it is a very cleverly observed shot, Technically accomplished.


Very impressive portrait. She has beautiful eyes. Congratulations

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5954 W: 93 N: 9788] (55579)
  • [2008-03-09 7:11]

Hi Kev,
excellent portrait. The eyes are fantastic and I also like the hair in a obvious role.
Regards, Gerrit

Great shot! The simple picture has been made extraordinary due to the bright eyes of the young woman. Nice composition.

Hi Kev,

A very valid desire for a lot of young women in this world. Though Palestinian women will be rather far away from accomplishing this desire, or the road to it will be very hard, under current circumstances.
Nice light. I like the duo-tone feel. Not as soft as a standard sepia you often see here on TE. I like it!


Beautiful portrait dear Kev. Your b&w toning is very gentle and boosts the intimacy of the shot. Great light with those layers of tender shadows beneath her eyes. Like it a lot.

Hi Kev,
What an portrait. She speak with her balck eye about so many languages, and pain, and desires. and fight,and strugle. It;s really touching.
Her white veil, tells us about the importance of peace.

If it's so meticulously presented, with all of the pixels, one by one, in place - it must be a master of portraits himself, Kev Ryan !

Her glance, her veil, your photo…
Incredibly close… Down deep close…
Go tell it to the world…



I've never ever met any Palestinian without a strong desire for peace... Ever...!!!!

(Forgive me, Kev...I had to... (:-))) )


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  • flory Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 25 N: 1001] (4848)
  • [2008-03-11 0:24]

oo,what beautiful portrait,dear Kev!an angel this woman .love that intense light who comes from her eyes and your choise for the tones,as well..

Beautiful and powerful portrait kev -good luck

Hi kev,
Lovely b&w portrait, full of charm.
Lovely expressive eyes.
I like much the white veil and her hair flying in the wind.

Kev, this was really impressive... i fall short of superlatives to praise this one. great character in this photo... one of your recent best!
Greetings from Trieste,

what a fantastic face, it looks so natural ! well done


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  • nbj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 62] (2097)
  • [2008-04-02 12:03]

what a strong and beautiful look. lovely. i also very much like the lock of hair. will go to palestine in may (only made it to jerusalem this time around), and can't wait!

Woww...great portrait and beautiful model!

I hope someday people of Middle East will learn to live in peace. I hope someday they will realize how bad it is to kill people on a land which they believe is "Sacred"!

And George; I understand how easy it's for you to make a generalization from another continent!

I live close to Middle East and I have many Palestinian friends who want this war to end.
Unfortunately, politicians, especially some "super powers" don't want it to end! Because they sell guns to those countries and and they don't want countries to be powerful in Middle East. It is their way to control the "power balance"! If they really wanted to bring peace to Middle East, they could have done it many many years ago such as they did for Vietnam, Irak, Korea, etc. (Ofcourse, it is open to question the kind of peace they brought to those countries.)But at least this shows if they want, they can do something.


I love that photo!!! Its amazing!!! It shows too much things to us!!!

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  • jorgi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 899 W: 150 N: 880] (3810)
  • [2008-10-20 1:47]

Hi Kev,

I'm not really a people person, I admit but this eyes cannot leave me unaffected. Her look is so determined, so serious and full of strenght. Reading your note makes all seen even stronger. Tight cropping is a perfect choice, so is the gentle sepia that gives warmth to the photo, to her. She is...a woman.

Warm regards,

wounderful portriat with a purpose. I loved and respected your note.

Hi Kev,
Really a wonderful portrait, impressive gaze.
Grats, Kinneret

Hi Kev,

Excellent portrait, good framing and good details. Her eyes are talking.



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