Old Yi Lady with Pipe
Category: Travel Portraits
Photo and caption by Joyce Le Mesurier
This portrait of an 80 year old lady from the Yi village in Yunnan, China, was taken at a funeral of the lady's sister-in-law. We had the rare opportunity to photograph this occasion where villagers came to pay their last respects. We sat in this small, very dark room with no electricity and only a woodfire in the middle of the room and paid our respects to the family of the deceased. A small window and door provided the only natural light that illuminated this lady's face and showed her sadness and sense of loss.
Location: Yunnan Province, China
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