A Friendly Face

An ex-military man sitting by the street outside his home watching the world go by, poses happily for a picture. Hyderabad, India, 2013

An ex-military man sitting by the street outside his home watching the world go by poses happily for a picture. Hyderabad, India, 2013

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24 thoughts on “A Friendly Face

  1. Very unusual portrait. A mere face but I’ve never encountered a face with a vibrant ‘white’. He is ageless. His spirited eyes challenges me to fight him or for better, surrender to his grace, mighty!

    1. Arjun as always I love your thoughts, very brilliantly put!
      I dropped everything I was doing to stop and meet this amazing chap. We exchanged a few words via my Telegu speaking friend Priyanka, I gestured towards my camera and he nodded his agreement and posed. Then, following a firm hand shake, I carried on with my journey. It is fortunate that I can re visit him through this photo!

      1. Peter, I’ve no clue what you do for a living and neither do I know your inclination but I’m damn sure of one thing. You are one small step away which technically they might call it “One Giant Step” from realization. You are sub-consciously creating what I humbly understand as ‘Magic’

        1. At the moment I’m an occasional worker caring for my two small daughters full time; a challenge in itself even on a good day!! If what you see in any of my photos is magic then I am truly grateful; I love photographing people!
          An endorsement from your good self is very much appreciated Arjun :)

  2. Excellent portrait, Peter. Those are eyes of a man who has fought many a battle, both within him and outside. They look consumed, weary. It is an amazing contrast, isn’t it..the tough exterior of an ex-military man but eyes that reveal the more friendly, gentle aspect of his personality. Perfect portrait, Peter!

  3. Hi, Peter,
    I haven’t been to see your blog for a while, so you have added lots of new and really good photographs. For e.g. this portrait – I think it’s brilliant! (I wish I was brave enough to try an approach people on the streets.)

    I’ve pressed the “like” button a few times, but, to be honest with you, I’d do it under each of these posts, where you’re showing us true India.

    K.

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