Finding a Bit of Sudan in San Francisco

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San Francisco always seems to have a surprise waiting for me if I’m patient.  I sat on a ledge in a little green space in Union Square across from Macy’s, and it didn’t take long for a wonderful few moments of time to take place.

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Three women came and sat at a table to one side, and in front of me; a few moments of prayer seemed to be taking place as they bowed, sat, stood again and bowed.

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I felt a little guilty taking surreptitious photos, and got caught in the process. There was nothing left to do but walk around, apologize, and ask them if I had permission to take a few more photos. They laughed, and agreed it was fine. They laughed, I think, because I first assumed they did not speak English, did the stupid pointing to my camera and then to them indicating if it was ok to take their photo…they spoke English….and I continue to learn when taking photos of people on the street.

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I made some friends who were visiting from Sudan

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About Angeline M

Love to travel, read, garden. I am a nurse case manager working in Disease Management. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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24 Responses to Finding a Bit of Sudan in San Francisco

  1. Beautiful portraits, Angeline. How gracious of these women to co-operate in your photo shoot. :)

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  2. Amy says:

    The expressions are well captured. Well done, Angeline!

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  3. Imelda says:

    The woman’s eyes in the third photo are so intense and arresting.

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  4. Jo Bryant says:

    How wonderful that they were so gracious

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  5. restlessjo says:

    You’ve got some good results here, Angeline. I’m so hopeless at this kind of thing. Nice lasies you found :)

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  6. Lovely images of some lovely ladies. You have really captured some of that Sudanese culture. And I love how you moved around to captured different angels. May favourite I think is the one where one of the ladies looks back on you over her shoulder. Very nice.

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    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Otto. This was a very different practice for me to move around and get the different angles, and I’ll keep working on that. The lady looking back photo will stick with me for a long while…she turned just as my finger was poised to snap the photo, I almost froze…but snapped it anyway; thank goodness she was friendly and didn’t yell at me!

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  7. Madhu says:

    Beautiful ladies! Love the first shot where her face is faintly visible through the gorgeous pink scarf.

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  8. acuriousgal says:

    I love discovering new people and their cultures, how fun for you

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  9. dadirri7 says:

    what a wonderful experience, and gorgeous photos Angeline :)

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  10. What a wonderful encounter!

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