Little Red Dress

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© Deborah Downes
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Photo Info
UploadedJune 22, 2011
TakenMay 24, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/640 sec at f/4.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length32 mm

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Photo license: © All rights reserved

As my friend Julie and I headed up this street towards the magnificent 16th century garden within the Italian village of Bagnaia, this sweet little Italian girl in a bright red dress and shaking a set of keys greeted us with a big smile. The young woman with her was obviously her mother and I’m almost certain one of the two elderly women lavishing her with attention was her grandmother. All three women appeared most pleased that we wanted to photograph this endearing child, but when we pointed our cameras at her, she giggled and held the keys in front of her face. She kept doing that. Plus she followed us with her mother close behind, as we slowly made our way up the street, stopping periodically with the hope of capturing her without the keys masking her face. Thankfully, as wee ones are apt to do, she at times got distracted to where we could. For me her expression in this shot not only reflects her priceless wonderment of a beautiful new day, but ours over this new keepsake moment.

In the Bits of Red, Italian Style photo essay.

13 responses

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    I'm so glad you stuck with the task, a perfectly charming shot..

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    This is a beautiful shot! Extremely sweet and well composed!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    Little "Shirley Temple" in red! What a cutie.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    She is so precious and your patience really paid off. I love the selective color on this. I do wish her mama could see this.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (22 Jun 2011):


  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    great shot!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    Oh I so love this Deborah, excellent !!!

  • Anthony Cronin

    Anthony Cronin (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    love this picture and made all the more rich for your narrative ... bravo

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Jun 2011):

    Excellent use of selective color.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    This is beautiful and I am glad your were able to capture this endearing picture of her.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    this is a delightful shot! nicely captured.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (21 Jul 2011):

    outstanding! I voted.

  • Elena

    Elena (Deleted) gave props (21 Jul 2011):

    Such a beautiful image!

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