I instantly liked this simple picture of an everyday process. Freezing objects in time like this is the unique ability of still photography, and it can transform a passing moment into something worth looking at for a while. The eye contact with the subject and the high position of the basket got me wondering if this picture had been set up by the photographer - but then again she'd probably look at the camera anyway if it suddenly appeared in the path of her olives.
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Palestinian Umm Eyad, 45, pours olives from a bucket she picked before sorting out the leaves, during the harvest on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Palestinians began the annual harvest of olives, a staple for many local farmers that also use them to make oil.