A cool dude with an attitude, in the township next to the village of Usakos.
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jjcordier (79297) 2012-06-28 22:16
Ce "sapeur" namibien a vraiment soigné son look et a le sens de la pose photo, ton talent et ta technique faisant le reste. Très bon portrait en pied.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-06-28 23:19
Hello Andre - I love this. Your subject is so full of attitude and personality. He looks slick and confident against the dusty faded environment of Usakos, a typical Namibian contradiction! Of note in the shot are the horizontal lines of arms and tie and finger, tilted head and the sun-glasses - I love the star burst sun's reflection on those. Good use of DOF too. Warm regards rosemary
CLODO (34880) 2012-06-28 23:21
Tu as trouvé un acteur bienveillant qui a répondu à ton appel en mettant en avant sa cravate et en tournant la tête pour que le soleil se reflète dans ses lunettes. Super!
sevy (58) 2012-06-29 5:17
Vraiment sympa ce portrait, effectivement très cool. Bien en ligne avec l'esprit du film MIB. Does he protect the Earth from the scum of the universe, I do not know. Mais il pourrait bien remplacer Will Smith.
J'aime bien l'apport coloré bleu de l'arrière plan qui fait écho avec la cravate.
Tu as vraiment un dont pour lier contact avec les gens pour qu'ils se lachent comme cela dans le portrait et obtenir ce rendu spontané.
tyro (25902) 2012-06-29 10:31
You stole my words here: as soon as I saw the thumbnail, the first two words that shot into my head were "cool" and "dude"!
This is a fabulous portrait of, as you say, a guy with attitude. His stance and posture are perfect, even down tohis big white shirt-cuffs, his designer tie blowing in the wind and the sun reflecting on his "shades".
It is clear that this fellow was more than happy to be photographed but what I am curious about is (a) whether you took several shots and (b) whether you had any influence by instructing him how to pose?
Whatever, it's a brilliant shot (which doesn't look "posed" and, of course, it's technically perfect with spot-on exposure, perfect colours and your usual exquisite sharpness.
Have a Great Weekend,
ourania (47784) 2012-06-29 12:16
a great portrait, full of vibrance, style and character. I love the framing, the angle, his leaning back movement and the certainty of an intense glance behind the black glinting sunglasses. Lighting and sharpness are excellent. His attitude would give significance to any kind of background, but the colourful graphism of this one is great. I also love the tie flying in the opposite direction. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (42924) 2012-06-30 4:48
Hi dear Andre
What an intersting and also great portrait shot.
So clear and sharp shot indeed. His pose and expression is great and I think you make him do so quite natsurally. Thanks for your sharing with good work and have a good Saturday! Best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
ktanska (28140) 2012-07-03 5:12
No doubt Will Smith could be teleported into the middle of nowhere for some secret missio on the next sequel of 'Men in Black'. This is so surprising and impressive portrait.
And I happen to remember Usakos, tiny town on the edge of desert. Desert sand colour, intense sunshine and painted wall with advetising looks so typical.
papera (14274) 2012-07-07 1:23
this must be the coolest portrait I have seen for a long time, Andre' - even before reading your note or tyro's comment, the same word came to my lips :)
I love the pose of course, but also the great light on his clothes and shades and the way he is beautifully cast against that blue painted background - and that index finger, pointed at something like a bold statement.
the idea here (guy dressed smartly in a small village) reminds me of that series of an Italian photographers about the "Sapeurs" in Congo - different fashion surely, but the contrast between the setting and the clothes here is reminiscent of that series.
great, great shot. and with the usual added bonus of your Q&A with tyro :)
have a good weekend,
Juzo (4203) 2012-07-08 0:14
What a great character! These are the type of things I like to see, the people and their style an character. Put a smile on my face this one.
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31566)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-28
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-28 19:43