Actually a little bit of an essay here on 'cheating' with ones travel shots.
I spent a few days in Livingstone and have quite a nice collection of shots of Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) - including some nice, early morning, double rainbow shots. I was tempted to stitch together a couple of wet shots taken from inside a full 360 degree rainbow. But TE has loads of very, very nice shots so I have turned my attention elsewhere.
The two main markets in Livingstone are wonderfully colourful places and this young man was photographed in the central market. While looking a little pensive - I was focused on a group of children larking around for the camera. I could have gone for the happy, smiling shot, but I liked the pensive tone to this shot.
Zambia is actually a remarkably optimistic country. They are almost universally proud of the fact that they have a white vice-president (and are waiting for anywhere in Europe to set a similarly progressive and internationalist precedent). There is quite a bit of grumbling in Linvingstone about the amount of hard currency generated by tourism and how little of it seems to reach the local community, but that is not a problem restricted to Zambia or Africa.
So, a little bit of a cheat here - I think I have got an atmospheric shot, but please don't read in to it any 'stories' about Zambia or Africa. The Zambians I know are even more cheerful after their football team won AfCon - so they are currently not a particularly sombre bunch.
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sacimar (28671) 2012-03-07 6:05
this is a good portrait, the image has a strong visual effect, his face shows a sad expression, well seen and presented,
Fly (366) 2012-03-07 12:03
Your image here certainly has a somberness about it which is not entirely misplaced considering the impoverished circumstances into which this fellow was born and will probably spend the rest of his life.
We don't like looking at this side of life, but sometimes it is necessary, if only to remind us just how good we have it, even when times are really tough.
Juzo (4231) 2012-03-09 4:28
I, for one, amd gald you chose this over the rainbow shot, as we see a million sunsets etc here, a million buildings, panorama's etc etc. They are all beautiful for sure, but we see less and less of the humanity on here that makes the world tick as we know, and the small stories like this make a composition that is the human world, it has it's place here as much as any sunset.
Have a great weekend
aliabazari (16278) 2012-03-11 23:39
This is the picture of innocence. Very good lighting and contrast on the face of the boy.
cavli (1876) 2012-03-13 2:59
nice potrait. I like his gazes. well eye contacting with your model. BW is very good choise.
kato (11630) 2012-03-15 13:34
This is a photograph in which people's deep psyche is projected directly. Although he seems to have turned the look to your direction and to have appealed against some, he is a complicated expression.
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-18 10:36
Awesome capture..i really like how you build this portrait..the B&W gives emphasis to the structure of the picture! excellent clarity and light also..superb!!
kordinator (22515) 2016-11-04 9:24
Long time do not meet the TE neither you nor I have long been here.
An interesting text about your photos from Zambia.
Nice portrait you captured.
A very interesting expression of this boy.
Excellent choice of black and white photography.
kasianowak (10405) 2017-01-06 6:03
Hi again Iain
I just had to find this shot, having read your recent critique to my image from Nepal (thank you for your kind words!) and, yes, I can see the similarity of approach and contrast between the, in this case, b&w photo of a young man deep in his thoughts, and the more colourful and happy reality you encountered in the country.
I would still like to see that double rainbow shot though... maybe you could post it now after all those years? :-)
Have a nice weekend