Photographer's Note

From a small semi-nomadic Jatt village in the far northern Kutchch, about 30 km from the Pakistani border and in a bleakly arid region which is only a stone's throw from the sea... During the fishing season they net the small catches; during the wetter months they tend their camels - and until recently they moved two to four times a year in camel carts. They still live in thatched huts fastened together from reeds garnered from the marshes. The women stitch beautiful traditional dresses and pride themselves in the dowry of heavy silver worn around their necks.

These are the Garasia, or Northern Jatt: Muslim by religion, Indo-Aryan by ethnicity, hospitable to a fault - but wary of stangers who go out of their way to find them - and very shy of the lens...

Image in low light at the entrance to a reed hut, after pleading for permission from the village elder.

ISO at 1600 ASA and focal length at 30.0mm. Over-saturated? Over-sharpened? Technical suggestions welcome.

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Additional Photos by Caleb Colman (scalerman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1780 W: 64 N: 1058] (26900)
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