"Proud Smile" Jardim Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Proud Smile - Jardim Redentor - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - copyright Jerome Shaw 2005 /
"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event."~Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Proud Smile"

I was out one day in Jardim Redentor walking along the main street. I noticed a woman in a beauty parlor.  She noticed me noticing her and smiled shyly. I asked Maisa to speak to her and ask her if I could take her photo. She was shy and reluctant at first. She and the other women in the shop had a good laugh and she wondered "why did I want to take her photo?" I told her she was a very beautiful woman, her hair looked so good, and she had such a nice face. She relented.

She came out into the street where the light was better.  I took three photos.. In the first she was very grim. In the second I managed to make her smile but she over smiled with forced nervousness in her eyes. However just fractions of a second after the forced smile the third frame was exposed. Her smile had softened slightly and her eyes had more warmth. A small and subtle difference but very noticeable.

I am sorry that I did not note her name. Though as we walked away Maisa told me that by asking for her photo I had made her day. She was extremely proud that I had asked to make her photo, Maisa said she will likely be smiling about this moment for weeks.

I was glad to give her this moment for she gave me a very nice moment too. I felt a warmth as we continued walking down the street. And, I revisit this warm feeling each time I see this photo.

Condensed Caption

"Proud Smile"
While on a walk along the main street in Jardim Redentor
I saw this woman in a beauty parlor. Coaxed out from the
shadows for a photo, she gives me a proud smile.

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copyright Jerome Shaw 2005 /

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