Photographer's Note

A tea picker takes a moment away from harvesting the fresh tea leaves from the bushes, to pose for a photo.

All the tea bushes are picked by hand in Sri Lanka. This differs from more developed countries, such as Malaysia where the leaves are picked by a handheld mechanical cutter. After she picks the leaves, they go in a bag, which you can just see tied around her forehead. All the tea pickers in Sri Lanka are women and they are quite poorly paid by western standards... less than $2 a day. Most of the tea pickers have bad teeth... they don't eat during the day while they are out picking, so they chew beetlenuts to keep away the hunger. This is a mild narcotic, but the side effect is it turnes your teeth a brown colour.

Tech notes: A 2400x3600 pixel scan from the B&W negative. Small contrast/brightness adjustment, then contrast mask (bring out some shadow detail in her face), another small contrast adjustment, then resize and sharpen. I think it was the Nikkor 24-120 VR lens I used for this, but it may have been my 50mm.

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