Uzbekistan - a portrait heaven

In Uzbekistan you can ask to take a photograph of a stranger and then be thanked for it by the same stranger. Where people ask (if not insist) you take a picture of them alone or with their friends and family. Where, without being asked, parents offer their children to be photographed without a cloud of suspicion and paranoia that the image might be misused on the Internet. Always smiling and always excited. 

It is a portrait heaven, a very friendly place, uninhibited, full of beauty and positivity. This makes a welcome difference to the Western world full of scepticism caused by the abuse of privacy. It is dominated by portraits taken from behind, from the hip or in secret. In Uzbekistan, you can actually look people in their face and receive a smile.

 

 The elders of Kiva

The elders of Kiva

 Samarkand girls racing to the window to get on the shot

Samarkand girls racing to the window to get on the shot

 A dress maker posing with her work

A dress maker posing with her work

 Uzbek soldiers on a Friday break

Uzbek soldiers on a Friday break

 Angels parked outside a ...fish restaurant in Kyzylkum desert

Angels parked outside a ...fish restaurant in Kyzylkum desert

 A funeral party in Tashkent 

A funeral party in Tashkent 

 Mid day prayers in Samarkand

Mid day prayers in Samarkand

 'Highway services' for family tea break & other travellers welcomed to join

'Highway services' for family tea break & other travellers welcomed to join

 Old Bukhara girl

Old Bukhara girl

 Selling water

Selling water

 Pilgrims

Pilgrims

 Uber driver at the local market

Uber driver at the local market

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