July 07, 2011

Colorful 80 something

I believe she said that her age was 86 ... in any event it is 80 something. In Brussels, these colors look rather unusual, striking. I therefore did what I often like to do: ask permission, ask questions trying not to be impolite or nosy or rude and take a picture ... just one, and hope that it will turn out right. 
The lady in the picture is originally from Hungary but she has travelled and lived all over the world. Her favorite places are Argentina and Peru. The clothes and shoulder bags she is wearing are handmade from Peruvian cloth. She says that colors keep her going and are a necessity for her, that they have  a sort of healing power. Tomorrow, she said, she might be dressed in a totally different outfit with colors that do not look anything like today's. She is knowledgeable about Chinese medicine, does not use the Internet, does not wish to be close to cameras, which is why she looked up and away.  It is her belief that magnetic waves, whether they come from cameras, the internet, telephones or what not, will prevent her soul from traveling very far very soon. 


  1. Maud... without Harold!
    Very good photo.

  2. She is beautiful, and look at her hair! Love her style, too, and I'm not as old as she. Great photo!

  3. So brave of you to ask to take her photo, what a wonderful story, so worth capturing.

  4. What a lovely and interesting lady!
    Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Not only interesting, but unusually involved for someone her age. Just goes to show...not all older people are through with life. She has lots of life in her!

  6. Bravo!! I am so glad that you engaged her in conversation to learn of her colorful life. Wonderful portrait with story and photo to match!


  7. Goed van je om een gesprek met haar te beginnen en zo wat diepte aan de foto te geven. Je kijkt nu toch anders naar de foto als je zoveel informatie hebt. Geweldige foto!

  8. OH I think you have captured one fine and unusual lady. Bravo! I loved hearing all about her and what makes her so interesting.

  9. merci tout le monde..
    it did not take courage to talk to this lady, she was very 'accessible' and,... this is the thing I like to do.. just talk to people and learn interesting / fun things about them.
    I am lucky that in Brussels, it seems still possible... not always but very often.
    I agree, she is impressive and involved for her age, I did not find out anything at all about Harold.

  10. Une jolie lady haute en couleurs... Difficile de dire à quelle saison elle appartient... ?! Bisou, Françoise

  11. Lovely lady!!
    She is probably much younger inside, - than most women her age!