Ano - Stranger #4
December 20, 2016
I nearly walked past Ano at the market. After all, I didn't need to buy the hot peppers that she was selling. But she made eye contact with me and gave me a shy smile. I had brought my camera, hoping to work up the courage to take another portrait, and so I decided to ask her.
She seemed surprised at the concept of the 100 Strangers project when I explained it to her, but agreed to let me take her portrait. I asked her name (Ano) and where she was from (Ba'e - just across the river). I asked if she had lived there her whole life, and she told me she was born in Okapa (a neighboring district in the Eastern Highlands).
As I readied to leave, I checked to see if I had gotten her name correctly. "Apo?" I asked, and then immediately realized my mistake. Apo is "goodbye" in a neighboring language, which is probably why it was on the tip of my tongue. "Ano," she corrected me!
Thank you, Ano, for letting me take your portrait!