National Geographic

Photo by @johnstanmeyer
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Swipe image ~ It was one of those strange encounters, when the unexpected happens, becoming unpleasant. A late afternoon a few years ago in northern Ethiopia while working on part one of the @outofedenwalk, we had parked our LandCruiser in the Afar village of Aduma. I had spent much of the day with a family in this desert part of the country, the father’s wife always pleasantly pouring coffee. Taking a break to charge camera batteries in the car, I sat in the drivers seat, the only shade under a still heavy afternoon of heat. One of the daughters slowly walked to the side, very gently. She appeared shy and extremely curious, then paused to take a look at herself in the rather jumbo sized mirrors. Moments later I heard a raspy shout, and within seconds, her father came running toward her wielding a stick, thinking his daughter was troubling me. It happened so quickly, I put down my camera after only a few photos, imploring to the man that I was not upset whatsoever. He didn’t seem to believe me, raising his voice again to his daughter before she ran away. I learned later the family had only one small pocket mirror, that likely our car’s side mirrors were the largest this very kind girl had used, able to see her equally kind face and beautifully braided hair. Often I think of this moment when trying to see whether a shirt is too wrinkled or I’ve spilled coffee on a jacket, peering into a small yet still larger bathroom sink mirror. Remembering how content, albeit briefly, this young woman was, just to see her face in a side mirror.
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@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @shakerdam #ethiopia #aduma #afar #carmirror #sidemirror #woman #reflection #stick #portrait

Ethiopia

Photo by @johnstanmeyer
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Swipe image ~ It was one of those strange encounters, when the unexpected happens, becoming unpleasant. A late afternoon a few years ago in northern Ethiopia while working on part one of the @outofedenwalk, we had parked our LandCruiser in the Afar village of Aduma. I had spent much of the day with a family in this desert part of the country, the father’s wife always pleasantly pouring coffee. Taking a break to charge camera batteries in the car, I sat in the drivers seat, the only shade under a still heavy afternoon of heat. One of the daughters slowly walked to the side, very gently. She appeared shy and extremely curious, then paused to take a look at herself in the rather jumbo sized mirrors. Moments later I heard a raspy shout, and within seconds, her father came running toward her wielding a stick, thinking his daughter was troubling me. It happened so quickly, I put down my camera after only a few photos, imploring to the man that I was not upset whatsoever. He didn’t seem to believe me, raising his voice again to his daughter before she ran away. I learned later the family had only one small pocket mirror, that likely our car’s side mirrors were the largest this very kind girl had used, able to see her equally kind face and beautifully braided hair. Often I think of this moment when trying to see whether a shirt is too wrinkled or I’ve spilled coffee on a jacket, peering into a small yet still larger bathroom sink mirror. Remembering how content, albeit briefly, this young woman was, just to see her face in a side mirror.
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@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @shakerdam #ethiopia #aduma #afar #carmirror #sidemirror #woman #reflection #stick #portrait

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@lombardkids

@lombardkids @mumfordandsons #blindleadingtheblind "my generation is stuck in the mirror"

@shakiraec

@aniyalegnaro something about her reminds me of Mum when she was young. @emtyh

@kristin_murkowski

That moment when a young girl realizes Wow I actually am gorgeous.

@gigi.hana

She's absolutely gorgeous! I do hope she was not beaten by her "jerk" father ! 😍😟😠

@sairfylime

She’s gorgeous

@colegio.edith.ohep.de.sanchez

Beatiful girl, sad story

@ali.pamuk

Incredible photo!

@marwaagoor

@michie.magic.world I thought this was you for a second! You look a lot like her!

@safiqekal

how did he post pic like that...any apps?

@natchou_fr

Splendid !! 😍

@its_chunky_monkey

Wow, she’s stunning

@betin_mr

Awesome pic!!

@dan.shaklein

@__brookjames She can be Piper McLean’s sister lol

@freemanmarcia60

Awesome this could be a best seller I sitting here just wondering how she is doing today thanks for sharing

@da521969

Wow what a an amazing moment you captured in time and place that is so strange to us. And for the glimpse you gave this girl of her amazing true beauty that she would be so unaware of. You have also made us aware of the little things in our life we to so for granted.

@dobjedub

Wow!! 👌🖖😊

@fiona_travels

Gosh, what we take for granted in western society!!!

@xojennywoodox

Shes absolutely gorgeous ❤️

@thug._.panda

Wow she was very beautiful too... things we take for granted... 🤔

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