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Christina Maraziotis-Lee Ezell  Christina Maraziotis - Photojournalism Lee Browning Ezell - Fine Art Gear: Leica S Typ 007 medium format Linhof Technorama 617 III S large format

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If you ever visit Sri Lanka, be prepared for the amount of strays that are roaming everywhere. It is a heartbreaking sight; many of them appeared sick and emaciated. For an animal lover like us, it was a difficult part of our trip to deal with. Thankfully there were many locals who fed them and loved on them. So, our train ride journey has begun.#yourshotphotographer

Oh, the famous train ride in Sri Lanka! What an incredible experience. An antique English train - nothing fancy; but being able to just sit in the entrance of its open doors while crossing the beautiful country…a dream for every photographer. These days we will be sharing tons of pictures we took from this journey on the train. #yourshotphotographer

" I talked to Lee about taking some portraits for them — of course he agreed, so we went ahead and asked them. They were very happy about it. The woman and the owner stood side by side, and we told them to hold their child in their arms — they seemed thoughtful but went ahead anyway. The older child was watching the younger child from the corner in the meantime. After the shooting, the young child ran towards the older one. It was very interesting to see siblings have such a strong bond. We asked them for their names and address so we could send them prints. The owner gave us only his name. We insisted by asking for the woman’s name too — he didn’t think it was important for us to have it, but he did give it to us. We asked for their child’s name also — he said this was their grandchild and pointed to the older child, saying this was their child. We were completely shocked once we realized that the young one they were holding belonged to a 12 year old girl, and even more shocked when we found out who the father was. He is thirty years old; a fully grown man. His wife being 12 years old would be illegal in most countries, so of course it was difficult for us to accept such thing — but we have learned that wherever you go, you have to respect or tolerate some differences, even if it is difficult to do so." #yourshotphotographer .
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"...So that shop was in fact a little cabin, with some Sri Lanka products and a small fridge. The owner was an interesting, shy, and kind man. He was barefoot, wearing a clean white shirt and a sarong around his waist. We had 2 rounds of Sri Lankan coffee, lemonade, fruit juice, and curd with honey. Of course after having all these we had to use the bathroom, so we asked him if we could use his. He said he didn’t have one here, but we could visit his home that was a minute walk away from the shop. He guided us there, where there was a woman with her kids who greeted us invitingly with a big smile and she pointed with her finger to a small wooden outhouse with a fragile wooden door, aka the bathroom. Inside this bathroom, there was only a hole and a bucket that you had to fill up with water and flush with. It was a very interesting experience, but ironically I must admit it was one of the cleanest bathrooms I’d ever seen.
I looked around me and all I could see inside their home were the empty rooms, with windows that were nothing more than big holes in the wall. Each room had only one item of furniture — usually just a small wooden bed. I felt sorry for the family, yet they all seemed so contented." #yourshotphotographer
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5 shot panorama - which is not the simplest endeavor considering the subject was the moving train. We waited for many long hours since the early morning (no definite train schedule) but we were content snacking on the local curd and honey, always checking back to the tracks. At the end of the bridge, we set up our gear -there was so much vibration from the train we could hardly stand so close, but the #reallyrightstuff TVC-45's excellent dampening abilities had us covered. #yourshotphotographer

We walked for hours along the train tracks under the burning sun to reach the Nine Arch Bridge, where we had a scheduled “appointment” with the train that would pass at 10 am. #yourshotphotographer #magnumphotos @leicacamerausa

"She didn’t ask for money; she only smiled at us one more time, and starting walking away. " #yourshotphotographer #magnumphotos

Tea Worker, or Mountain Goat
“We were walking through one of the many tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya. It was raining, muddy, and incredibly steep on the slippery hills. We were holding on to the tea bushes for dear life, while climbing our way up to  find some workers — and then we saw this lady breezing down the path with only the aid of a big wooden stick. She had no trouble barefoot (in contrast with our hiking boot’s considerable effort), she was carrying a far heavier load than our cameras, all on the very same paths we were struggling to simply keep our footing on.
She saw us and smiled at us. She seemed to be a very genuine person, that I can only imagine has many interesting stories to tell... " #yourshotphotographer #magnumphotos

What I've learned in this life, no matter how hard you work, how genuine you are as a person, or how kind you are towards others; most likely you'll get trampled over and treated unfair.
When you don't speak up about it, you are taken advantage of.
This is what happened to the tea worker we photographed and gave the money to everyone to split between them.
She got nothing. She got pushed back and was left behind, while the others walked away with the whole amount - later on we realized.
There was an awkward silence that filled up the place. It's like she expected it from them - maybe an everyday happening?
It was one of the times when our translator wasn't with us, due to the hike we had to do.
Still though, without his help, to this day I don't understand why we didn't speak up either. Guess we as well, were afraid of the louder ones, the stronger ones - are they indeed that? - or just knew it did not matter giving that kind of attention to " such ". I guess we all knew, and moved on. #yourshotphotographer

“This was probably one of the most disappointing days in my life, one that made me feel like I betrayed someone that I didn’t even know; her gaze tore my heart apart. We were hiking up one of the many tea plantations in the hill country. I was so excited to finally photograph the workers, but of course I didn’t know this mission would not only be a failure — but heart wrenching as well. The tea workers work many long hours a day for very little per month. I cannot begin to describe to you what a hard job this is, and how many cheerless faces I perceived with my eyes.
I noticed this particular woman that was intensely focused on her work; her fingers would pick the tea leaves in a robotic and mechanical fashion without hesitation or reprieve. She noticed me as well, and I asked her if I could photograph her — she didn’t speak English, in fact she seemed like she didn’t want to speak at all, yet her manner was pleasant and very genuine.
I started photographing her and I got some very nice smiles in the pictures. When we stopped, she asked for some money, and we were glad to give her out of sympathy for the situation and her patience with us. Of course all the other tea workers wanted money too, and I could see her become hidden behind the crowd — perhaps against her will.
We decided to give to all of them for the sake of diplomacy, and told them that they will have to share it, as we had only a single yet large denomination of cash to give. They hastily agreed, but the woman quickly lost her smile. The sun breaking through the overcast sky was making only her face pop out, which I immediately photographed again. I thought it would make her feel better, but it didn’t — I quickly overcame my naivety and realized why.” #yourshotphotographer .
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Tea workers commuting through the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya. #yourshotphotographer

One of my favorites for sure. Rolling hills of Nuwara Eliya. #yourshotphotographer #mediumformat @leicacamerausa @reallyrightstuff @fstopgear

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