Although I’m not quite sure why, it’s been a long time since I posted a travel portrait. I guess I always end up photographing more landscapes than people, but every now and then I come across an interesting face that just wants to be photographed. That was the case with this little girl in the village of Maghrib, high-up in the mountains of Tajikistan.
Because Tajikistan doesn’t get much tourism, the people were really fascinated by us walking through the village. They constantly said hello, taking their hand to their chest (it’s a local sign of respect) and the kids followed us everywhere. Unfortunately, I can’t remember her name (I wish I would have written it down), but when I saw her under the roof edge of a house with a perfect mud wall behind her, I instantly remembered this photograph I took a few years ago in Madagascar. I made a couple of quick photographs and then continued to talk to her with the help of someone translating for us.