This is a black and white conversion of the very first photograph from India which I posted to TE - I just wanted to see what it would look like in monochrome - this man's family were really helpful to me when I was ill and I took a number of portraits of their family and with their livestock which i sent back to the village. A picture of his wife was part of an exhibition called Mothers of the Nation - Daughters of Independence which toured for three years on and off as part of the Leicester City Gallery touring scheme and I also used her image in an interactive underground installation myself and three others created to mark the devastation of the Gujarat earthquake. (Some people left this exhibition crying and some Gujarati residents came every day like it was a shrine.)
I have such strong memories and connections with Gujarat - so many friends and to some of whom I owe my life.......how objective can one be about a photograph which stirs emotions in such circumstances.
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wolf38 (31286) 2007-06-29 6:05
Hello Kev. B&W. A very interesting Portrait. Perhaps the screen window is somewhat too close. Crucially for me are however the expressionful face and the dear view of the man. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Royaldevon (36135) 2007-06-29 6:26
A portrait should stir emotion in the viewer, not just the photograper; and this certainly does that! He engages every time you look at the shot. Such expression in thise eyes! B&W works really well here.
conneally (105) 2007-06-29 7:10
hi kev - yes it works well in bw but i crave the colour of his headband and want to know what his jumper and shirt look like in colour - he looks a kind man and i'm glad his family looked after you when you were ill - what would we do without you fit and well to see over watch over and nurture the arts in charnwood?
gabrielpat (7163) 2007-06-29 7:39
I can see he is a good man.portrait is very natural.good sharpness and light.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-06-30 15:48
Like in every other of your people's photographs...
Immaculate technique...Flawless presentation...
And something else...
That tiny spark in the eyes...
Or that gentle grimace of the face muscles...
You know which one...?
The one that will make it or not...
The one that will change the snap photo into a PHOTOGRAPHY...
Just few tiny pixels of passion..
Have a great one, Kev.
Lanbowen (154) 2007-07-01 19:15
Nice portrait. Very sharp and good crop.
The black and white gives a nice contrast with the background.
Sounds like a nice man.
bantonbuju (51815) 2007-07-02 0:14
very touching, i cannot decide what had stringer impact on me - the image or your note...
i miss a bit a bottom of the man's face but on the other hand i find your work about b/w just gorgeous...