Sunday Stills: Texture

When I saw this week’s Sunday Stills photo prompt topic, I knew that I wanted to participate. My first thought was to share a photo – or two, or three – of the wonderful texture found on the buildings, doors, and objects that we’ve encountered on our travels. I find old much more interesting than new, textured more intriguing than smooth. I love the peeling paint, the patina of age and weather, and the character that is created – layer upon layer – with the march of time.

Then, I remembered a woman I photographed last year in the central square in Oaxaca, Mexico and knew that would be my picture. Her clothes were typical of the older indigenous women we saw in Oaxaca: flat black shoes, a simple, long-skirted dress, and an apron… always an apron. She was quite small and stooped, and her hair – thick and wiry, mostly free of gray despite her obvious age – was worn long and braided. It was her face that intrigued me the most. Her strong features told of her Zapotec ancestry and the lines on her weathered skin was a roadmap of her life.


Sunday Stills is a weekly photography link-up co-hosted by my blogging friend Terri Webster Schrandt. Each week there is a new word prompt to inspire a shared photo (or photos). Follow this link to learn more about it, see other submissions, and to share your own.

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My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

59 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Texture”

    1. Different countries have different laws but generally capturing images in a public place is fine (if it wasn’t we could never take or post pictures if they had people in them). And, as long as the images are not for commercial use, it’s also OK to post or even enter them into a contest. We should always use our best judgement. For instance, even if legal, I would never take or post a picture of a child.

  1. It’s easy to forget when we see an old person that they once were young. In her face I see the young woman she once was. Great photo, Janis, and a beautiful description.

  2. Before I even read what you wrote, my eye went right to her face and that’s all I was looking at. One can only imagine the stories and years of wisdom she has to give to others. I think you really captured that, Janis. This photo is amazing. – Marty

  3. Wonderful photo and description, Janis. I always find it more challenging to take photos of people at the right moment so that the people look natural, and not posed. Well done!

  4. This is such a wonderful photo Janis, the likes of one you would find in “National Geographic” … you’ve captured her perfectly, the lines in her weathered face, the colors especially.

      1. Well, I kid you not Janis – she was a great subject and you did a wonderful job capturing her image. I like “National Geographic” and follow their “Best of” different subjects via e-mail – their photos in some foreign or primitive countries are just exquisite and you are on par with those pics.

    1. Thank you, Peta! Surrounded as you are by nature’s colors, textures, and perfect imperfections, I’m not surprised at all that you prefer the beauty that results from the passage of time and the impact of weather.

  5. I wonder how old this woman is. Her weathered skin looks so beautiful, and oddly ageless. Great photo, interesting new [?] person adding prompts to the blogosphere?

  6. Beautiful, Janis. There are so many layers of life experiences in this noble woman’s face. I suppose she has lived a life of hard work, but appears to have aged with grace and dignity.

  7. We tend towards beautiful architectural details when we travel, or delight in nature, but taking notice of the people in their home is what adds depth to our understanding of a region or place. You really captured a highlight in taking notice of this woman. It is a standout photo!

  8. Wow, Janis. That is an incredible photo! The texture in her face is as (or more) intriguing than the texture in her clothing. And, how incredible that her hair doesn’t show any grey! I’m glad you selected this photo. It’s special and a unique interpretation of the theme. And, going through all your “old” photos of your travels would have taken ages! 🙂

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