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Angels from the Middle East

Angels from the Middle East
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7724 W: 431 N: 15226] (70104)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1998-10
Categories: Daily Life
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-12-26 8:18
Viewed: 4142
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Angels play prominent roles in the three major religions emanating from the Middle East. Although I doubt that any of the holy scriptures mention the existence of female angels, I think that gender equality should be a natural thing even in angelic matters in our day and age.

So here is a little girl angel and a boy angel I met in a village a short distance from Sanaa, capital of Yemen. In case they had wings they were hidden from the human eye.

I managed to capture them on a Kodachrome slide which I now managed to scan. The mid-day light was quite harsh, as you may notice.

Here is a larger version.

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Hello dear Gert,
Not too old but still a good Kodachroma scan.
Those two cute kids must be now around their twenties.
Nice sidelight.
TFS and have a nice evening

Hello Gert,
Lovely portrait of these little angels. I love the twinkle in their eyes and their nervous smiles. Considering their age they have very good hair growth.
Looking at all the troubles Middle East has faced since you took this photo...God knows how they are doing. I hope they are fine. Thanks for sharing a gem.


Hello Gert. What a beautiful double portrait of cute kids. I am enjoying the friendly faces. I like the closeness and directness of these photos.
Rgds, Wolfgang.

At least those children are smiling, it's so sad to think of those children growing up in poor countries without enough food. Good details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2013-12-26 11:37]

Hi Gert,
Beautiful and very touching double portrait picture. Love them both! Their expressions are fantastic and made the scene so charming. Many thanks for sharing!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11639 W: 126 N: 20922] (108085)
  • [2013-12-26 12:40]

Hi Gert,beautiful double portrait of these yemenit guys,the perspective is magic,it seems that they are walking in front of you.I think how could be nice to meet again this guys and give them this pic.Another great memory from your fantastic archive,i like it! I wish you all the best for these holidays and thanks,Luciano

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 114 N: 6343] (28680)
  • [2013-12-26 15:05]

Hi Gert. In my photo for Mandela I mentioned the lack of dark skinned angels and now you raise the question of sexism in religious iconography. just as well we are not ruminating about the visible manifestation of God. Lovely shot without any affectation, just sincerity and empathy.Best wishes. Klaudio.

it may have been a harsh sun, gert, but i very much like the effect it had on blowing out the background, allowing us to focus on their wonderful faces.

as always with your photos of children, i wonder how they are now ~ older and minus their innocence and perhaps that lovely curiosity they showing here toward you and your camera.

so glad you have captured all of these people and moments from so many countries over the years. you continue to give us such insight and education to cultures, some of which we have already lost, and some of which, i am realizing, may not be safe enough to visit again in my lifetime. thank you for all of them.

kind regards,

Hello Gert,

Lovely portrait of the little angels.Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.Its a lovely presentation at the end of year.Keep good health and keep your camera clicking all the time.TFS.


So authentic archive from Yemen Gert, not the most common destination, high quality of picture, nice colors and superb portrait, bravo, have a nice day

this surely is angelic.love the frame....superb!

lovely portrait of those two little
children the expression of their
faces is the inspiration of
the photographer
my friend
this shot is not a simple shot
its a spirit shot describing
their feelings
have a nice day

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9995 W: 144 N: 25041] (122307)
  • [2013-12-26 23:53]

hello gert, Another jewel from your archive, it is endless! But I read that mesut have a lot of old slides. How beautiful these kids are! Really like angels. and you had good contact with them. precious memories for sure.

Warm regrads after Christmas. Was Santa good for you?

Hello Gert,
such a lovely and thoughtful note that makes us look back at these charming children with tenderness and interest, something all children deserve. Your picture and note make us apply your lovely approach to all the children we see or know. I like very much how you have filled the tight frame with the children's faces, there's wonderful depth and vivid colours, their direct and natural expressions make us feel we are communicating with them through space and time:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,

Bonjour Gert

J'aime bien ce portrait des deux enfants aux yeux très vifs et allumé et au sourire large qu'apporte la curiosité et l'envie de faire connaissance.J'aime aussi le mouvement dans leurs cheveux.



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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13685 W: 0 N: 16026] (168148)
  • [2013-12-27 7:15]


que portrait de ces deux enfant sueprbe iamge et captage avec des sourire cette innocence ces regard et des très beaux cheuveux splendide image et compo.
Bravo et amitié

Hej Gert,
En bra bild av dessa fina barn. Undrar vad flickan gör nuförtiden och om hon minns detta tillfälle.
God Fortsättning och Gott Nytt År

Hi Gert
A couple of great childish expressions here, nicely caught just the sort of street shot that I adore, and I love the intense look of the girl on the right.
The subjects, composition, the framing are all done really well even though the lighting looks a bit unkind to you. Good scanned and pp treatment, Tfs
Best regards

Hi Gert
very opposite people here.
straight hair/curly hair
slim face/full face
and you're right, the lighting kinda sucked here, but what can you do? We all face that poor lighting from time to time, and sometimes you just have to capture the moment anyways.
for some reason it brings back alot of childhood memories, thinking about similar photos i've seen myself or my 2 brothers in.
a thoughtful shot!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9448 W: 157 N: 15258] (122965)
  • [2013-12-27 10:55]

Witaj Gert!
Wonderful portrait!
Excellent colors and light.
Well done.
Good evening

Hi Gert, I love these two happy faces and I image how they would look like today as an adult. Kids are all pure like angels. They bring joy and hope to this world. I like their original look especially their innocence and the way their hair presented. Thank for sharing.

Hello Gert,
the direct gaze of each child more than makes up for any deficiency caused by the harsh light,it`s a truly delightful,natural double portrait,it`s the eyes that do it for me.
Best wishes Les.

Ciao Gert, lovely dounle portraitof cute children, fantastic smiles, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi dear Gert, how are you? Sorry for my late reaction as I was so busy last week.

Nice cuty double portraits for little girls.
Thier smiles are so well captured by your high skills.
I hope these angels are now princess there and happy there.

Thank you for your sharing and have a good weekend!
Takero from cold Tokyo

Dobar dan.
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Lep pogled na decu sa osmehom na licu ...
Lepa fotografija i uspomena.
Imajte lep dan za vikend, sve najbolje, srecno.

Good afternoon.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Nice view of the children with a smile on his face ...
Beautiful photos and memories.
Have a nice weekend day, all the best, good luck.

Happy New Year
I hope you have a good year with success
I'm agree with you, they are angels, with beautiful eyes and innocent look
Beautiful view, and with good resolution
Good luck

namaste Gert,
excellent double portrait here. Love the mood of the image. Good quality photo (scan) with nice colours. I just love the expressions of your angels. Great one. Tfs.

Hello, Gert,
So cute double portrait indeed. Very nice, positive and peaceful report from the same Yemen, it makes me smile too. Thanks for the publications of your personal archives.
Greetings from Nogombo, Sri Lanka.

Hello Gert,
what a lovely picture! You got really charming models and their little faces make one look at them with the smile. There is plenty of warmth captured in here despite the hardships of their life.
Nice and natural colors, well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hola Gert

Touching note to intruduce the charming children so kind to smile at you in a kind of ashamed way
Scanned keeping the true colors and more important the eye to eye contact,, well done
So many years ago, lets hope they grow and are happy nowadays


About Ipacaria Lake, only one in Paraguay, far from Yacireta damm, on Parana River about 260 KM from here
How on earth you know about it?

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46933)
  • [2014-01-01 11:55]
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Hi Gert!
If it wasn't for the present situation of the country, I would surely put this country on my top list!
Nice portrait with the children so happy looking at your camera! The light was harsh but you got much detail on their faces. Well framed! These are the moments I really like during my trips!
Have a great New Year!

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2014-01-03 7:39]
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Hej Gert,

Fantastiskt dubbelporträtt av dessa små änglar. Jag ser att du måste ha varit ganska nära och fokus är på flickan, men det gör ingenting. Bilden blir faktiskt inte det minsta sämre av pojken är litet oskarp, snarare tvärtom! Hade dock båda barnen varit det skulle man inte ha tyckt att bilden var lika bra. Intressant och tänkvärd bild. Ha en bra helg!


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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2014-01-04 21:29]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this portrait by a good macro, so it's interesting and impressive to see the pure and innocent looks as a jewel. They have a face peculiar to the Middle East. It's good color contrast between the red cardigan of little girl and the blue jumper of little boy. The face of a child innocent also at the time of when is beautiful like an angel as you note in here.

Kind regards,

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2014-01-16 9:03]

Hi Gert,

Ah cute kids, They are now in their 20's wonder what they do know, married with children of their own. Always a pleasure to see such portrait of children around the world. Reminded of my own child hood. thanks.


Hello Gert,

very fine double portrait shot of this two children. Very good colors and good light managment.I like the shot very much.Very well done.TFS.

With regards from luxembourg


Very beautiful image... the back light made a vivid picture, lovely expressions. A pair of innocent children smiling to to the world without knowing what ahead of them...

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13606 W: 295 N: 27111] (108851)
  • [2016-04-07 22:34]

Hello Gert,
nice the portrait of the two little kids from Yemen.I like the ir innocent face as their glance too.


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15350 W: 159 N: 26877] (140844)
  • [2017-10-03 22:19]

Hi Gert
Beau regards et sourires de ces enfants, doux , accueillant, bon travail au niveau de la lumière, et des couleurs
belle journée

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