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I see nothing but some reflections out of the light that covers me. I hear only the murmur of the wind and, in the distance, the ephemeral song of a bird, invis...
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I see nothing but some reflections out of the light that covers me. I hear only the murmur of the wind and, in the distance, the ephemeral song of a bird, invisible as the air that rocks me. I am blind. But I am happy.

I think and listen. My mind boils in thoughts and memories. Even in this dark space and so far from my youth, it seems as if the human intrigues, frivolities and grudges still reach me; remains that I thought I had left on the road.

But this darkness protects me and its shadows are strong bastions to which I cling. Like never before, now I feel the recondite steps of God, his presence. I always needed to walk deep into the woods to ward off my demons. Although I still did not fully rested there, alone in the forest I felt Him so close.

I doubt that many understand why, now that I am old and in dark, I feel so happy. The little that I came to know left me no choice but to lose myself. Even from myself. From my unwise purposes. From my memories. For opening my soul to the completely unexpected.

Deep into the God. With my thoughts in unison of my steps, I follow His invisible tracks that fuse with this darkness. Time seems to stop when I discover God's overwhelming landscapes. And now that I am far, very far away, and no longer understand anything, I feel that for the first time I am before the Truth. I can only tell you this.
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Who will hear us among the infinite universes? Since their beauty is something that we humans are not able to endure, to whom we will turn up for help? Perhaps there will be some angel that will aid us to understand them. Oh, and the light, the light, when the wind full of cosmic space will invade our happy blind eyes.

All what we lived in the Earth was message. But, could we managed it? We were always distraught by expectation as if any moment were going to announce the arrival of somebody omnipotent (where we would place Him, with all our strange thoughts coming and going, and often staying for the night...).

It will be strange to inhabit the Earth no longer, not to observe births, sunrises and other things that promise so much in terms of human future. It will be hard to acknowledge the precise contours of our feelings. But beyond that point of wrath and tears where is imminent the menace of the shade, the angels shall find me unafraid. Because at that moment I will be able to listen the gigantic voice of God as only saints have listened it. And I will perceive the ceaseless message that forms itself out of the silent space and sweeps towards us the immense happiness of those saints who were born and died before.

The stars and I will be like birds in unison migrating. Thrust by cosmic wind, I will rest into lakes of light and will join forever that kind of music that is unaware, in its magnificence, of any weakness.

Out of the light that covers me, sunny or starry from pole to pole, I thank the God that does exists, for my unconquerable soul.
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Spanish beauty close to 100 years old. The photo was taken hand held with the very sharp Sigma 50 Art lens, which has not stabilizer, focussing with the efficient (but only with daylight) live-view-touching-screen focussing method of my Canon 70D. The photo is cropped, but no photoshop at all was applied. RAW and B&W converter was Capture One 8. The source of illumination was just day light, in a sunny day of June with some clouds. The Lady was under the protection of a big cream-coloured umbrella.
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The woman is a grand-grand-mom from Aragon, a region in the North East of Spain. The ancient Kingdom of Aragon played a key role in the origin of the 'modern' Spain in 1492. During centuries, people from Aragon have been reputed for being very proud and for having very strong characters, as this old lady still has. She energically did not want me to take any photo of her. I 'robbed' this one with dificulty. I was sat close to her. Then I hand held my Canon at my knees level, opened the live-view screen and, pretending being fixing the camera, took the photo touching the screen. Once she and her family saw the result, they allowed me to publish the shot, but warning me that if her name ever becomes public, they will kill me. Strong character these Aragoneses...
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Here are all the prizes and mentions the photo has won so far (don't miss the other winning and mentioned photos!):
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Featured in 35 PHOTOS THAT DISPLAY HUMAN SPIRIT: https:--gurushots.com-articles-35-photos-that-display-the-human-spirit-in-all-of-its-triumphs-and-tragedies
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Finalist in MARK OF TIME PHOTO CONTEST: https:--www.viewbug.com-contests-mark-of-time-photo-contest
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Finalist in TEXTURE IN BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CONTEST: https:--www.viewbug.com-contests-textures-in-black-and-white-photo-contest
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Selected as ONE OF THE BEST PHOTOS AT VIEWBUG by top photographer Maria Brander: https:--www.viewbug.com-blog-community-spotlight-photography-makes-me-feel-like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store

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pearsaab
 
pearsaab December 30, 2014
awesome shot!!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography December 30, 2014
nice portrait!
BlazeIrish
 
BlazeIrish December 30, 2014
This is a wonderful shot! So much character just shows through! Great job!
SweetRay PRO+
 
SweetRay December 30, 2014
Very nice !!
pamelainob
 
pamelainob December 30, 2014
Beautiful portrait.
elizajones
 
elizajones December 31, 2014
Great shot! She's beautiful.
lalaji
 
lalaji January 02, 2015
one of the greatest human portrait,i've seen yet !
Laurie_Madsen
 
Laurie_Madsen January 02, 2015
PERFECT
JuanHM
 
JuanHM January 02, 2015
Great shot, very expressive.
dwayne64 Premium
 
dwayne64 January 03, 2015
Awesome B&W-So full of life
shema
 
shema January 03, 2015
she is beautiful, well taken!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita January 03, 2015
excellent capture
dano
 
dano January 03, 2015
Oh what gay memories lay hidden behind this deep stare and natures forced mask of age......as we must all in time display.
unniwilliams Premium
 
unniwilliams January 04, 2015
Quite outstanding portrait full of chacter and pride, very well captured
teetee1852 Premium
 
teetee1852 January 07, 2015
This B/W photo has EVERYTHING a perfect photo should have and the story behind is wonderful to read!
angelahills
 
angelahills January 07, 2015
A story of life! Great pic... Beauty is not always held in the young
JoanLoBo PRO+
 
JoanLoBo January 10, 2015
I love the view point from below, the sharpness and expression, everything is working together to make this a impactual portrait.
josebrener PRO+
 
josebrener January 10, 2015
Nice
Shulie1
 
Shulie1 January 10, 2015
Marvellous portrait!
SunQueen
 
SunQueen January 10, 2015
Amazing detail
amberulrick
 
amberulrick January 10, 2015
I love this shot. Such a story on her beautiful Face
martyleclerc
 
martyleclerc January 10, 2015
This is exquisite ....you have captured her beauty and life.... in both your photo and your words .... there is a lot of respect in both also....
bronfebey
 
bronfebey January 11, 2015
A fabulous image with great composition that draws one into the subject to study the detail... well done :)
potterpals PRO+
 
potterpals January 11, 2015
Amazing capture and wonderful story.
rach_who
 
rach_who January 11, 2015
Wonderful portrait shot
teteperezpuga
 
teteperezpuga January 13, 2015
Preciosa fotografia. Enhorsbuens
irenelumbreras
 
irenelumbreras January 13, 2015
Hermosa realidad!!
LucyLoo PRO
 
LucyLoo January 13, 2015
I love the millions of stories you've captured in this most amazingly beautiful face.Such a wonderful photo and woman. Thank you so much for sharing all the info too: fascinating reading. :-D Great :-D
juancarlosalonsobouza
 
juancarlosalonsobouza January 14, 2015
Cada instante es nuevo pero hemos de estar bien atentos como ella
DeonG PRO+
 
DeonG January 14, 2015
An incredible portrait!
michaelallen_0367
 
michaelallen_0367 January 14, 2015
A lot of living in this face, she has seen many things change in her life time.
martarozashuertas
 
martarozashuertas January 15, 2015
Real shot. Real lífe.
orli PRO+
 
orli January 15, 2015
Beautiful shot. Lot's of life lived in those eyes.
travelfaraway
 
travelfaraway January 16, 2015
Thanks for sharing the story behind this awesome shot.
sylviahealy
 
sylviahealy January 17, 2015
I love this shot, I can see beauty and love behind those eyes.somehow I think she is thinking of a lost love .
michaeltillman PRO+
 
michaeltillman January 17, 2015
Hi Gefaell, I just love your shot of this beautiful senior citizen. Even as far into her years as she appears to be; there's a certain attraction in her face she still possess. I also like the way you captured the character in her face, and manicured nails. I just love black and white; and pictures like this is why. Fantastic shot. By the way, I like the side note and I feel the same way.
Willowsdaddy6439
 
Willowsdaddy6439 January 17, 2015
Its not hard to see how this elderly woman must have been a true beauty in her younger days.
ChrisKIELY
 
ChrisKIELY January 19, 2015
Sooo beautiful!!
lindaschalekamp
 
lindaschalekamp January 23, 2015
Love this picture!
Franz
 
Franz January 23, 2015
impressive shot
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake January 23, 2015
Beautiful !!! Kudos to subject and photographer !
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman January 27, 2015
What a beautiful woman.......very nice shot.
VDGG
 
VDGG January 28, 2015
Love the ring, the spark of love in the picture.
Billyboy Premium
 
Billyboy January 29, 2015
Splendid portraiture !!
gswell
 
gswell February 01, 2015
love images of older people, just imagin the stories she would have to tell
terryc PRO+
 
terryc February 03, 2015
Beautiful portrait!
nicofurious
 
nicofurious February 07, 2015
Beautiful portrait, love the texture !!!
laclau
 
laclau February 08, 2015
Breathless!
cut2run
 
cut2run February 17, 2015
Wonderful portrait of this old lady!
vkola PRO+
 
vkola February 18, 2015
Very captivating and emotional image. The subject appears to be in deep thought pondering her life's accomplishments.
Rolenz Premium
 
Rolenz February 18, 2015
We are all judged by our face, it is what faces the world. This lady has had a world of experience, which shows. Another example of your camera skills. Look forward to seeing more of your art.
Nicholasgm1947 PRO+
 
Nicholasgm1947 February 19, 2015
Great B&W Portrait. Like it!
michelealexandra PRO
 
michelealexandra February 19, 2015
I love her face. Her features, a road map of her life lived. Absolutely stunning picture! Her eyes...I am wondering what her thoughts are.
EyesofDavid
 
EyesofDavid February 20, 2015
The flesh has its beauty but the light in her eyes is indomitable.
IrogSinta
 
IrogSinta February 28, 2015
I enjoyed reading your story on how you got this shot.
IrogSinta
 
IrogSinta February 28, 2015
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Flinkfloyd
 
Flinkfloyd March 06, 2015
LOVE
stigjack
 
stigjack March 06, 2015
Great subject just love the tone and texture of the photo
jackie007
 
jackie007 March 21, 2015
Great shot , you can see all her wisdom in her eyes.
ChixPixPhotography PRO
 
ChixPixPhotography March 22, 2015
Great shot. Great story behind it too.
BobbyLeeTateJr
 
BobbyLeeTateJr March 26, 2015
This is a most fantastic photo! Love it.
Anba
 
Anba April 06, 2015
Great portrait! Lots of wisdom!!!
JMCC
 
JMCC April 07, 2015
Nice shot, very expessive!
Swatz
 
Swatz April 08, 2015
Beautiful. Love it
Josephine78
 
Josephine78 April 24, 2015
I love this!
svetamou
 
svetamou April 24, 2015
Amazing shot.
Cheever2 PRO
 
Cheever2 May 07, 2015
Incredible!
moonbeam67
 
moonbeam67 May 15, 2015
Beautiful.
neringadzilna
 
neringadzilna May 18, 2015
impressive! love it!
peterbayliss
 
peterbayliss May 29, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
peterbayliss
 
peterbayliss May 30, 2015
This is a real portrait ! A picture that `talks`......well done !
Delight
 
Delight June 05, 2015
Beautiful!
arturnowicki
 
arturnowicki June 05, 2015
Wow...great pic
RustiGardener
 
RustiGardener June 15, 2015
A great photo and an awesome story to go with it. Love the character and strength. Well done you.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots June 16, 2015
Great portrait shot!
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi June 21, 2015
congrats.
pamelalynn
 
pamelalynn July 05, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
pamelalynn
 
pamelalynn July 05, 2015
Write a commentThere is so much beauty with the aged face....All the stories, experiences of life!!! Great Shot!
Mirza_Cengic
 
Mirza_Cengic July 09, 2015
Superb portrait! Just perfect!
kathyallison PRO+
 
kathyallison August 02, 2015
She is magnificent! Great portrait.
lynhope PRO
 
lynhope August 03, 2015
What an amazing shot! You can just see the wisdom in her eyes.
reneebueno-cochran
 
reneebueno-cochran September 30, 2015
Beautiful!!!
goodmary
 
goodmary October 17, 2015
oh the history this implies, fabulous. Thanks for all the technical info as well on how you captured it, so glad they allowed you to share
HeartandHomePhotography PRO
 
HeartandHomePhotography October 19, 2015
Beautiful!
picsbydarah
 
picsbydarah November 16, 2015
Very real. Fantastic photo.
SSKOKSAL
 
SSKOKSAL November 29, 2015
Great shot!! Beautiful portrait
shema
 
shema November 29, 2015
such character, glad she let you publish it! true beauty
vbpaulsusanroos618391
 
vbpaulsusanroos618391 December 28, 2015
Amazing shot. Love it
Mycheal
 
Mycheal January 04, 2016
Excalibur
larsensholm
 
larsensholm February 01, 2016
awsome
harrielise
 
harrielise February 02, 2016
Fantastic shot!!!!!
danettezak
 
danettezak February 02, 2016
This is an amazing photo! Just beautiful!
Introvert_by_Nature
 
Introvert_by_Nature February 07, 2016
This portrait is absolutely stunning!!
paulaanasimoes
 
paulaanasimoes February 24, 2016
what an amazing portrait and after reading how you came to 'steal it " it even more impressive
naturisk PRO
 
naturisk April 05, 2016
What an exceptional portrait, and under such iffy conditions, too. It's beautiful, and because she is.
Joiewashere PRO
 
Joiewashere April 24, 2016
Beautiful photograph....Tells her story.
BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson August 16, 2016
A very strong study indeed. A tribute to your skill as a photographer.
Essex
 
Essex September 08, 2016
I'm so glad you have several shots of this beautiful lady in your gallery. Fabulous portrait.
iluv2shoot
 
iluv2shoot October 10, 2016
Beautiful capture!
David_Blakley_Photography PRO
 
David_Blakley_Photography October 15, 2016
Excellent candid photography. I also enjoyed the history of the Kingdom of Aragon - thank you.
ginakruger Premium
 
ginakruger October 17, 2016
Incredible shot. Completely captured this woman's character.
cyrillinegoodman
 
cyrillinegoodman October 17, 2016
AWESOME IMAGE! Beautiful lines. Wonder what she is thinking about in her pensive mood? Congratulations on you win - Outstanding Portrait!
Pupparazzi PRO
 
Pupparazzi October 31, 2016
sooo toll
llowzz PRO+
 
llowzz November 06, 2016
WOW,This is one of the best portraits I have seen.She really is beautiful in a way that only age can truly show. You have captured the moment perfectly.Bravo !!
bathsalt
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson March 19, 2017
Wonderful portrait.
WilmaWolf Premium
 
WilmaWolf May 13, 2017
Stunning!
dritankureta
 
dritankureta March 16, 2018
Love it, I love to capture portraits of old people
henemark99 PRO+
 
henemark99 October 04, 2018
superb shot,a million things to look,see and feel,brilliant x
Vitta
 
Vitta September 29, 2019
Amazing Portrait!
vitor PRO+
 
vitor November 01, 2019
absolute masterpiece
Dee-CrystalClear PRO
 
Dee-CrystalClear November 24, 2019
She makes me smile. Her life is written upon her face and hands. These are the most beautiful words written which encapsulates the intriguing and honest thoughts of growing old.
dragon3
 
dragon3 Feb 02
strong
lynettegoochtrimble PRO+
 
This is stunning.
OverTheMoon PRO+
 
OverTheMoon Feb 28
Love this!
Alisajidzaidi
 
Alisajidzaidi May 02
An expert behind the camera, superb photography

Behind The Lens

Location
Spanish beauty close to 100 years old.
Time
Around 17:00 h.
Lighting
The source of illumination was just a sunny day of June with some clouds. The Lady was under the protection of a big cream-coloured umbrella.
Equipment
The photo was taken hand held with the extremely sharp Sigma 50 Art lens, which has not stabilizer, focussing with the efficient (but only with daylight) live-view-touching-screen focussing method of my Canon 70D.
Inspiration
The woman is a grand-grand-mom from Aragón, a region in the North East of Spain. The ancient Kingdom of Aragón played a key role in the origin of the 'modern' Spain in 1492. During centuries, people from Aragón have been reputed for being very proud and for having very strong characters, as this old lady still has. She energically did not want me to take any photo of her. I 'robbed' this one with dificulty. I was sat close to her. Then I hand held my Canon at my knees level, opened the live-view screen and, pretending being fixing the camera, took the photo touching the screen. Once she and her family saw the result, they allowed me to publish the shot, but warning me that if her name ever becomes public, they will kill me. Strong character these Aragoneses...
Editing
I used the Capture One 8 as the RAW and B&W converter. Capture is an excellent tool! The photo was cropped, but no photoshop at all was applied.
In my camera bag
I only has a Canon EOS 70D, an as lenses a Canon 70-300 L, a Sigma 18-35 Art and a Sigma 50 Art. I use to go everywhere with the three of them.
Feedback
Have your camera always prepared, (always hanging from your neck, if possible). If you do not find good scenes, at least you will be in shape and alert. Stay hungry until you find the scene you like. I think that was Picasso who said, "Inspiration does exists, but it has to find you at work".

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