Ano - Stranger #4 - 20 Dec 2016 - susanfreyphoto

Ano - Stranger #4

December 20, 2016

Ano -  #4

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!

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