Tabusereia Sing-sing by bobfoto

Tabusereia Sing-sing

August is proving to be a good month. This is another one of the shots that wanted me to take on Year 2 with my retrospective PNG Project.

The Tabusereia Sing-Sing group are simply gorgeous, the dances, the singing, the passion is just beautiful. And it was this sing-sing group that made me determined to buy a DSLR, and I am so glad I did.

Photo taken 25 August 2007.
I agree, it was a good decision :)
August 25th, 2012  
@bella_ss - Thanks Sheralee :) September is going to be massive!
August 25th, 2012  
@bobfoto I'll be sure to hang around then!
August 25th, 2012  
what a beautiful face....and shot!! faved:)

August 25th, 2012  
Wow-wee
August 25th, 2012  
Beautiful portrait
August 25th, 2012  
@trude @sludgster @httpgeffed - Thank you ladies and thank you Trude for the fave! This shot is framed at home on my wall.
August 25th, 2012  
FAV - stunning portrait
August 25th, 2012  
@megsy - Thanks Megsy and thanks for the Fave :)
August 25th, 2012  
Beautiful shot Jason ...love the light!!
August 25th, 2012  
Beautifully captured--gets a FAV from me! The skin tone in contrast to that flamboyant pink make for a very striking photo.
August 25th, 2012  
Fantabulous portrait.
August 25th, 2012  
@michelle58 - Thanks Michelle, light courtesy of the sun!

@worldbiking - Why thank you Amaya for the fave, I believe they are died chicken feathers....

@kjarn - Thanks Kathy A :)
August 25th, 2012  
Amy
Incredibly beautiful!
August 25th, 2012  
@amyvanross - Thank you Amy :)
August 25th, 2012  
Lovely portrait. Nice and colourful
August 25th, 2012  
@onie - Cheers Leonie :)
August 25th, 2012  
Awesome portrait
August 25th, 2012  
Fantastic portrait, you must have been 'in her face' almost.
August 25th, 2012  
beautiful all the way around
August 25th, 2012  
love the light in your shot, the way it is glowing off the feathers, making them look like a crown and off her shoulders. and her teeth - they aren't red. nice shot.
August 25th, 2012  
@abhijit - Thanks Abhijit. :)

@tonydebont - Shot with the kit lens, the 40-150 and there are moments when the sing-sing performers do get up close. I can't recall being in her way though...

@tigerdreamer - Thanks Karen H :)

@catsmeowb - Fortunately there are some very clever people over in PNG who do not condone the chewing of the dreadful nut.
August 25th, 2012  
This is such a happy shot.. beautiful :)
August 25th, 2012  
Beautiful shot. Love the sunlight coming over her shoulder.
August 25th, 2012  
Stunning back light
August 26th, 2012  
@michelleyoung @beckys @swilde - Thanks Ladies :)
August 26th, 2012  
Beautiful girl - her skin is glowing and she has an air of childish innocence in the middle of that great costume!
August 26th, 2012  
@filsie65 - Thanks Phil, both the Tabusereia and Bougainville groups that perform in Moresby actively encourage the kids to get involved. Fantastic really!
August 26th, 2012  
A gorgeous portrait capture, Jason. That girl is so very pretty.
August 26th, 2012  
@sangwann - Indeed Dione. Thanks.
August 26th, 2012  
so beautiful.
August 26th, 2012  
Gorgeous portrait!
August 26th, 2012  
Lovely shot of a beautiful girl.
August 27th, 2012  
Fantastic Capture!
August 27th, 2012  
So beautiful and love the bright framing of the feathers.
August 27th, 2012  
@kandernob @ptowncook @boatpainter @angeliquenordal - Thanks ladies :)

@geocacheking - Cheers Cam, thanks!
August 27th, 2012  
beautiful shot sir
August 27th, 2012  
Great portrait! Love the light through the feathers.
August 28th, 2012  
@houdiniem - Thank you Miss Emily. :)

@sassik - Cheers Sassik!
August 28th, 2012  
Love this photo and seeing all you encountered during your time in PNG. Love reading about it too!! Fav
September 1st, 2012  
@hiddencreek - Thanks Kari, I have this shot framed and on one of my walls somewhere.
September 1st, 2012  
Fab portrait. She looks away with the fairies
September 7th, 2012  
@palusami - concentrating on her singing and dancing!
September 7th, 2012  
I really enjoy the face paint / decoration changing. Do you know if any of it is symbolic?
September 20th, 2012  
@hellcat - oh yeah, the Motuans have stories for their tattoos. Traditionally this would have been a tatt for this young girl, but now they use Nicos or Magic Markers.... Go back and read here for Motuan Tattoo Stories.
http://365project.org/bobfoto/365/2012-07-09
September 20th, 2012  
your portraits are just so perfect jd! :)
September 20th, 2012  
@agentzuckerguss - Oh thank you Katia, it helps to have beautiful subjects to photograph to start with.
September 20th, 2012  
I remember that story well... I guess what I meant was did you know what her's mean. It looks like an interlocking chain down her face and forehead, then the break on her cheeks with the dots. It's an interesting pattern. (Even if you don't know what they mean... sheesh, typing and now not knowing EVERYTHING when I ask... *sigh*)
September 21st, 2012  
@hellcat - I think the individual patterns act as an hieroglyph and a story could be construed if a certain sequence was applied, but I do get the impression that there was some flexibility in the form of personal expression allowed. Not all the girls had the same overall design, but they shared elements with each other.

I have a contemporary Motuan wall hanging nearby and while the motifs are part of the design, the modern design and nature may render the whole wall hanging as gobble de gook. Perhaps a Motuan could explain what an individual mark represents, but there may not be an overall story.

And I think this is the same here.

But after seeing a few traditional Maori, Samoan and Melanesian facial tattoos, the young girl here definitely has a beard. Expressing perhaps her desire to explore, to go to sea, to fish and to be part of a new world? This Motuan sing-sing group only ever introduced one of their songs and that was a Harvest song, so perhaps other songs were laments on their husbands, fathers and brothers long distance travels on the trade winds?
September 21st, 2012  
First. ... Love "Gobble de gook"

And yes, that makes sense when I see it in writing here... I hope they write it down somewhere. Oral traditions will die out someday.
September 23rd, 2012  
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