Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

image of Face of South Sudan 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Artist's statement

Why do photographers create portraits? Is it to capture a famous face or a meaningful moment in time? In this case, it was neither of these things, it was purely aesthetic. I was mesmerised by my subject's extraordinary presence and elegant profile.  Beckoning her aside after watching her for nine days, I endeavoured to capture her beauty in just a couple of frames.  If it were not for the gold earring you would be forgiven for thinking this was a black and white image.  A simple moment, yet a significant memory.  Thank you, Agnes.