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Photographer's Note:

Third in a series of pictures from India - no camera (because of the amount of video equipment required) -instead, the picture button on a small S-VHS video camera. The quality off the TV screen is far from good but I like the compositions and what they show about Gujarati life in line with TE. I am posting this first paragraph with each picture because I don't want to field lots of picture quality responses unless anyone has suggestions how I can improve them further.

This young girl lives at the margins of the town of Valod in South Gujarat - her parents are migrant tribals from the hilly/jungly Dangs area to the east - her tribal identity is tatooed on her forehead. Three tribal groups in this area do this so I'm not sure I can put a name as to her exact background (can't seem to find my reference material!). The first time I visited the homes of these people along the banks of the river I commented to my host that I had seen some great work from their approach to rural development but I was surprised by the way this group were living, where was the facility or services for children. The workers are here for a period of time to cut the sugar cane and then return home but it is far from a holiday for anyone! The next time I visited a tent based 'school' and play centre had been established.

This picture was taken a few years later on my third visit to the area - it suffers the problems of the rest of this series but I have been able to spend 20 minutes or so exploring how I might begin to fix them in Photoshop - I estimate it will take around a day to repaint them each accurately. This one is still at a very crude stage but I feel confident enough by my short experiemnt to be able to do something. Any other suggestions welcome!

For this one the chosen method was Dry Brush on it's highest detail settings - I've now started to work in with the smudge tool on a 25% setting. This approach won't work for others that I will show you and I doubt I will have the time to do the work right now but I am keen still to share the photos. One of them I really like because it is so 'distressed'.

Thanks for the range of commnets on this series so far - it's excited a little more discussion which is good!

Perhaps the best way to look at these images is a bit like you would an advertising poster or a painting - sit back away from the screen and take a longer look!

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