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© Carlo Pagan
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Photo Info
UploadedMay 9, 2011
TakenOctober 28, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D50
Exposure1/125 sec at f/4.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length32 mm

Family, People, Urban

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During a holiday in Tuscany I was walking in the center of a small town and I met Maria. A special woman. I greet her and she tells me his life.

She was born in 1926 and is the mother of 8 children, now a widow living alone, her children, now married, live in other cities.

She was taking water from a fountain in the street, as people did long time ago, to wash the floor of her house.

A life lived with so much suffering, so many sacrifices, but the strength of her attitude helped her to become a strong woman, full of life and proud of her family.

I asked if I could take a picture and she said: Yes! I'm happy for that!

This photo has a special memory, for me it is the best photo I've taken.

Her eyes, her face marked by wrinkles make understand what it means to be a woman of another time.

Thanks Maria.

Durante una vacanza in Toscana stavo camminando nel centro di un piccolo paese e ho incontrato Maria. Una donna speciale. La saluto e lei mi racconta tutta la sua vita.

Nata nel 1926 e madre di 8 figli, ormai vedova vive da sola, i suoi figli sposati vivono in altre città. Stava prendendo l'acqua alla fontana nella strada, come si faceva una volta, per lavare il pavimento di casa.

Una vita vissuta con tante sofferenze, tanti sacrifici ma la forza del suo carattere l'hanno aiutata a diventare una donna forte, piena di vita e fiera della sua famiglia.

Le ho chiesto se potevo scattarle una foto e lei mi rispose: Certo!! Ne sono felice!!

Questa foto è un ricordo molto speciale per me, la foto più bella che io abbia mai scattato.

Il suo sguardo, il suo volto segnato dalle rughe fanno capire cosa significa essere una donna di altri tempi.

Grazie Maria.

75 responses

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (9 May 2011):

    wonderful portrait and narrative - thank you for sharing

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (9 May 2011):

    Bello, Carlo! E 'infatti una delle tue migliori foto, e il tuo racconto è semplicemente perfetto!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (9 May 2011):

    It's wonderful, Carlo. I think that photos with personal meaning are often the ones I like best too. I can feel your connection to her in this image. Bravo.

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (9 May 2011):

    Great shot !!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (9 May 2011):

    Very nice portrait. I like the way the wrinkles in her apron echo the lines in her face. The pose works very well.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 May 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most excellently).

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (9 May 2011):

    this is a wonderful portrait, carlo -- packed with details that add to the whole. excellent work.

  • Adriana Castellanos

    Adriana Castellanos said (9 May 2011):

    beautiful capture!!!!! well done!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (9 May 2011):

    This photo gives me chills. Just wonderful!

  • Lisa Toleno

    Lisa Toleno (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2011):

    Lovely capture!

  • Adam Reilly

    Adam Reilly said (9 May 2011):


  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (9 May 2011):

    Beautiful portrait here!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2011):

    We take so much of what we have in life, don't we? I'm so glad you included your conversation with this beautiful lady, Carlo. I love her clothing her smile and every line and wrinkle in her face; afterall, she's earned them. I think this is your best photograph so far. I love it! What a magnificant portrait!!!!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (9 May 2011):

    che bel ritratto carlo, bravo!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (9 May 2011):

    semplicemente stupenda! BRAVO!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2011):

    Every line on herskin tells a story. Superb work my friend. She is beautiful in body and character.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (9 May 2011):


  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (9 May 2011):

    Bravo! Un ritratto e racconto bellissimo!

  • Woj

    Woj (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2011):

    a terrific portrait!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (9 May 2011):

    How captured her so well ~ !Q

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (9 May 2011):

    Fantastic Capture!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (9 May 2011):

    Simple poeple...the best kind......what a uniw=que special moment captured and shared with great appreciation....what a stellar entry....

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (10 May 2011):

    Carlo, this is such an incredible portrait and story; very touching!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (10 May 2011):

    This is an incredible portrait and tribute to her. Their lives are harder than most and their survival instinct is so strong. I love every line on her beautiful face.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 May 2011):

    A masterful capture--Deserves to win an award!---excellent series

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (10 May 2011):


  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (10 May 2011):

    You have taken a lot of good photos, Carlo, but I understand why you would think this was your best. Such a superb narrative, too. Thank you.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 May 2011):

    what a fantastic portrait and story. you can see her strength and pride in the way she holds herself.

  • Adriana Castellanos

    Adriana Castellanos said (11 May 2011):


  • Gaspare De Stefano

    Gaspare De Stefano gave props (11 May 2011):

    Perfetta!!...Grazie per i tuoi commenti, Carlo!!! a presto!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2011):

    Wow, Carlo, this is one of my all time favorites of your work,,FANTASTIC !

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (11 May 2011):

    WOW! Nice!

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (12 May 2011):

    great portrait

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (13 May 2011):

    fantastic capture! Excellent

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (13 May 2011):

    Can't get any better than this one!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (13 May 2011):

    Outstanding Carlo!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (15 May 2011):

    A wonderful portrait - deserves to be published! Bravo!

  • Stefania Mela

    Stefania Mela said (16 May 2011):

    Splendida donna e splendida foto.

  • Marco

    Marco gave props (17 May 2011):


  • Marco

    Marco said (17 May 2011):

    Bella foto, non ho parole. Sei riuscito a trasmettere ogni parole che hai scritto con un'immagine!

  • Mag TY

    Mag TY gave props (18 May 2011):

    Lovely! Simply lovely!

  • Nicoletta Pasquini

    Nicoletta Pasquini said (18 May 2011):

    Really great shot!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2011):

    Talk about timeless beauty!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (19 May 2011):

    exceptional portrait!

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (19 May 2011):

    wonderful Portrait!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (20 May 2011):

    What a wonderful portrait and story!! This is simply beautiful..

  • Dana Stanley

    Dana Stanley gave props (22 May 2011):


  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (24 May 2011):

    A really wonderful shot and so nice to have her story, love this...

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (31 May 2011):

    I love this candid shot so much! My Mum is 94 and it is such a honour to have these elderly people still with us! Great narrative too.

  • Tim E

    Tim E (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2011):

    thanks for capturing and sharing her humanity

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (1 Jun 2011):

    Bello scatto, e racconto merita l'Hot, bravo!

  • Giampaolo Lolli

    Giampaolo Lolli   gave props (2 Jun 2011):

    Grande ritratto di Francesca e di un'epoca!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (2 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful portrait.

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (19 Jun 2011):

    Excellent portrait!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    molto bella sembra una foto d'epoca

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (1 Jul 2011):


  • Novak Nastasić

    Novak Nastasić gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    It is truly justified to be proud of this photo. Great narrative as well.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (24 Jul 2011):

    What character!

  • lowison

    lowison said (1 Aug 2011):

    Rientro nel "giro" e questa non me la perdo..... Carletto!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (28 Aug 2011):

    Powerful picture

  • The Man Who Isn't There

    The Man Who Isn't There (Deleted) gave props (17 Sep 2011):

    Wonderful face. I like this shot!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (19 Sep 2011):

    Very nice Carlo, must have been a wonderful experience, great shot and entry!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Dear This is one of your master peice!!! I love it so much. She is really cute and beautiful....

  • Antonio Romero

    Antonio Romero gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Lots of character

  • Federica Dessì

    Federica Dessì (Deleted) gave props (18 Oct 2011):

    wonderful portrait! great work!

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep said (1 Nov 2011):

    Dopo averla favorita, torno a guardare questa foto. Mi piace sempre tanto, ..sono d'accordo con dei tuoi scatti migliori!

  • Giampaolo Lolli

    Giampaolo Lolli   gave props (7 Nov 2011):

    Che bella Francesca!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (14 Dec 2011):

    Lovely portrait and character study.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (4 Feb 2012):

    excellent shot

  • Antonietta

    Antonietta gave props (20 May 2012):

    bellissima! La dimostrazione di una vita vissuta e sofferta, un espressivita che rompe l'obiettivo. Bellissima

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (2 Jul 2012):

    Wonderful work.One brilliant portrait with a great story!Congrats Pagan!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (19 Dec 2012):


  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (8 Mar 2014):

    Such a sweet and kind face she has and her face tells of all her happiness and have a kind heart to portray her so well..... I love this.....

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (26 Apr 2014):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Dec 2017):

    An outstanding portrait!

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