What a beautiful portrait! ;-)
Thank you very much! It's because she is a beautiful woman! :o)
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She reminds me other faces, other expressions of other peasant women… so much deepness and emotion in her eyes! I hope she has children and grandchildren that may honour her and preserve a little bit of what she is and represents. I really find very interesting comments like the one Denis Shelby made… It shows so well how this world contains so many worlds… What you’ve seen (and me too, in Portuguese small villages… almost gone in the last twenty years…) and know personally in some rural regions of Romania it’s like a world from another dimension to those who never knew and lived in places like those you portray, people that you know and are your friends… The same way, the people that you portray would look at a picture of a youth full of tattoos and piercings as someone from another strange world. Victoria, in particular, reminds me of my aunt Raquel / Rachel, the only of my grandmother’s 14 children (seven died in the first childhood, the other seven lived until old age), the only one that stayed in a small village all her life. All the others went away, to big cities in Portugal, Brazil, Africa (Angola)… My parents lived in Lisbon when my brother was born, they only returned to a small village country ten days before I was born… and 18 years later I returned to Lisbon (in the middle, I spent five years in a medium village and three years in a small province city) to go on studying at the university… That’s why I say I was very lucky… I had the privilege of spending my childhood in a quite beautiful place, enjoying Nature every day, watching the peasants working, looking at friendly faces like Victoria’s!
Lucky you! I lived in cities my entire life. I now search the beauty of the villages. What's left of it...