Photographer's Note

She was skittish, cautious.
Never for more than a second, Amida would stay still for the time it takes to focus her or look in your direction when she noticed you are training your lens on her.

She was the most colorful of all the young sea Bajau girls in the beach side village of an island, off Semporna. She didn't like the attention and probably wondered why she was getting that much attention. With her flower motif blue long sleeve blouse and a matching red sarong, with her face painted white with tapioca/rice powder paste, it was difficult not to.

If you are thinking of shooting native maidens, you have better luck with telephoto lens. They are very shy and cautious. Don't think you can ask them and get what you ask for. Chances are, they either don't understand you or too self conscious to pose.

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