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Sri's Oma, Makale, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Comments (14)

Marilyn Whiteley on August 23, 2008

Wonderful set of portraits, Ian! They give life to your photographic essay. Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on August 24, 2008

Her joy was spontaneous; her faith profound and her simple lifestyle humbled us all. And her appreciation of our visit was overwhelming. I will never forget that evening's encounter.

Marilyn, sometimes we are privileged to walk into a situation where one's presence opens the door to new relationships. Just as Mark 5 implies that prior to the next Sabbath, there had to be a new encounter between the Overseer of the synagogue and the woman whom his institution had excluded for 12 long years, so it was that day. It was a dignifying day!

Where all this leads, I know not, but the day was sufficient unto itself. Thank you for seeing into the photo essay.


Tamás Borbély on August 24, 2008

Extraordinary and fantastic portrait Ian ! Congratulations! My best wishes, Tamás

Tom Sellek on August 24, 2008

Ian fantastic portrait! well done. Greetings Tom

Ian Stehbens on August 24, 2008

Hi Tom and Tamás,

It is great to hear from you both especially as you both really appreciate the portrait of this woman who has a remarkable spirit of joy.

She lives alone in her traditional kitchen, accompanied only by a kitten and a couple of small dogs. Her family has dispersed though a daughter lives close by. I was introduced to her by her granddaughter who loves her so dearly.

Warmest regards,


Margrit M. Berger (S… on August 24, 2008

How beautiful - these portraits. They tell much about life and the trust those people have in you, Ian! Warm wishes, May

Ian Stehbens on August 24, 2008

Thank you dear May. They are a wonderful people and is is such an honour to be meaningfully engaged with them.


Sigurtor Holm on August 25, 2008

Great set of portraits Ian I think her life has not been "easy living" but hopefully happy and meaningful for her and her family. Greetings from Iceland.

Aubrey Skelly on September 2, 2008

Fantastic Photo, what wonderful joy Ian fabulous to see people smile and laugh. well captured. Aubrey :)

Ian Stehbens on September 3, 2008

Dear Sig and Aubery,

Greetings to you both and thanks for your appreciation of the portraits and especially your interest in the people. I have been away for a week or so, this time in Solomon Islands, and there met many more most special people.

Your contacts are always valued, here.


Таня Бунчева on September 4, 2008

What a good woman! You have good soul, Ian. Greetings

Ian Stehbens on September 4, 2008

Thank you for your sensitivity to people and your encouragement, Tanya.


Edmundo Rodríguez Pr… on September 6, 2008

They seem to be happy people watching their sincere smiles, wonderful portraits Ian, un saludo, Edmundo

Ian Stehbens on September 6, 2008

They are quite remarkable women - each is held in high regard by the community and especially by their family. I felt honoured and humbled to be with them in their homes and lives. So thank you for reading this in their portraits, Edmundo.

Sincerest blessings,


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Photo taken in Lapandan, Makale, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

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