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L ghonella

L ghonella
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Copyright: Thomas Schembri (disturbia73) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 38 W: 14 N: 29] (137)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-02-10
Categories: Event
Exposure: f/4.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-28 10:39
Viewed: 9069
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The għonnella,

pronounced "awe-nel-la" (pl. għonnielen, pronounced "awe-nee-lan"), was a form of women's head dress and shawl, or hooded cloak, unique to the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. It was generally made of cotton or silk, and usually black or some other dark colour, although from the sixteenth century onwards, noble women and women from wealthier households frequently wore white or brightly coloured għonnielen. The għonnella covered the head, and framed but did not cover the face. The upper part of the għonnella was starched quite stiffly, and given a broad, rounded frame, formed by means of a board, cane, or whalebone. This gave the għonnella a mysterious but alluring, sail-like appearance. From a practical perspective, this broad bonnet captured much needed cooling breezes during the hot and humid Maltese summer. On cooler days, the wearer could wrap the għonnella around her face more tightly, by making a slight adjustment. The lower part of the għonnella could be worn loosely draped around the wearer's bodice and hips, or more tightly wrapped in the case of inclement weather. It would typically fall to mid-calf length. While walking, the wearer would hold one or both sides of the għonnella clasped in her right hand.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
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Hi Thomas,
That's a great capture of this Maltese traditional noble costume for ladies.
A formidable portrait of this lovely lady with an adequate sepia treatment to give it a vintage appearance as the 'ghonella' nowadays is extinct!
Great lighting and exposure!
Sharpness is there!
Well done! Regards.

Francis Xavier

Hello Thomas,
A very nice portrait.
I love the BW and light.Congratulations.
Best regards Siegfried

Hi, Thomas. Welcome to treklens which is a great place to learn from the comments especially from senior members.. good capture of this lady with the black costume great for contrast with her face. Sharpness and a very expressive face.Your note is very informative.Cheers and TFS.

Ciao Thomas

A beautiful portrait of this lady,
the good use of sepia was perfect for the job.
This is a beautiful composition, and the time saved is well!
The expression of the lady is well recorded,
and I can see he is not directly happy...
Sharp fine details in a well defined frame!



Hi Thomas...nice sharpness and tones in this black and white shot.


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