"How are you Mister?"
"Do you want icecream, Mister?"
"I wish you happiness, good health and prosperity, Mister."
These were the words of this ice cream vendor that I can vey clearly remember. He is a happy and very friendly man. In my two and a half days stay in Luang Prabang, I saw him every day. But this shot was taken on the first day.
He was smoking, but that was the only time I saw him smoke (not during the other days that i met him). He has such a sunny personality that i know I have to photograph him the very first instant that I saw him. I asked him to pose...and continue smoking. He willingly obliged.
I wish to say the same words to him..."happiness, good health and prosperity."
Thaks again to Eric for suggesting the title.
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spence (65) 2004-07-07 2:41
What a character! Great expression, great hat, great shot. And a good note as well.
carper (96) 2004-07-07 2:48
What a great face. And a good photo.
The Manuel the colours the composition, of this one is perfect. Really perfect. My compliments to you for this great photo, well done
Zanni (6108) 2004-07-07 2:55
Great portrait and touching note, Manny. You are a wizard in this kind of photos. The colours are splendid and his coloured hat adds a lot. I'd always bring with me a little photo of him as good luck
iamxa (3021) 2004-07-07 2:56
Wonderful portrait, happiness while life is on. This happy life is writen at his face, and is a good exemple to us, just smile and life is better. Thanks friend, or thanks mister ... in this case.
kaychambers (1198) 2004-07-07 2:58
Looks like one of the many nicotine flavoured ice-cream sellers we get in Singapore!
Like the colouration, that spluttering smoke, the beckoning expression....excellently captured...
Well done Manuel!
Regards, Vic, Singapore. 7th July 2004
jrj (34841) 2004-07-07 2:59
A special and very attractive portrait as you have the capture in the fine light with no shadows, and of course the details and the smoke is good for the total impression. Very good manny.
kogawa (4330) 2004-07-07 3:01
Grate "frontal" portrait Manny!
The direct strong look of hard working simple man with blurred cigarette smoke, the focus on the eyes (tooth?)
The color is good too.
I know how hard is to take street pictures of Asian people wearing shedding sombreros!!
True, I prefer side lighting, but even you can't control the sun )-:
As I understand TE this is a grate contribution to learn the world from seeing pictures.
Thanks for sharing.
eleparc (24063) 2004-07-07 3:01
LOL i ma honored manny... right order and titles..-)) thanks a lot;; you already know all i think about it..;;-)
stevey (413) 2004-07-07 3:07
A beautiful picture and strong composition of a strong face full of character. The cloud of smoke to right of the frame adds to the atmosphere of the shot.
RGatward (20052) 2004-07-07 3:33
Another great portrait, especially the way you've got whisps of smoke in front of his face.
femkevdh (2633) 2004-07-07 3:51
haha, poor man... looks much more interesting than a chimney. Great, great portrait manuel! The perfect cropping, great expression and the visible smoke really finishes the photo. Good job! Wishing you hapiness, good health and prosperity! ;-)
ChrisJ (93442) 2004-07-07 4:36
The slight green color cast perfectly suits the image here.
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-07-07 4:41
Wow ! Perfect !
It´s a wonderful picture without smoking, but the smoke gives a very special touch here.
papagolf21 (81666) 2004-07-07 4:47
L'intérêt porté à l'autre est manifeste dans chacune de vos photographies Manny.
Cela se voit à travers les prises de vue.
Encore et toujours une réussite.
Your interest for the others is obvious in each of your photos Manny.
It sees itself through shots.
Still and always a success.
mustafaa (610) 2004-07-07 5:31
Very impressive picture. Especially man's eyes are telling everthing about him.
clodreno (0) 2004-07-07 10:20
lovely portrait Manuel. i love it
GrahamB (939) 2004-07-07 10:49
great portrait. Fantastic detail on the guys face and I like the way you have captured the smoke. Nice.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-07-07 14:12
What a character, Manny. His friendly, gracefully aged face and his distinctive hat would already have made this one a standout, but the clouds of smoke are really what lend the extra bit of atmosphere here (this may be one of the very few cases where I am actually delighted to see somebody smoke). Excellent light and colors, and great framing.
ishai (4097) 2004-07-07 15:58
Of course, it’s a Manny’s
The moment I saw this picture I knew its yours (what happened to the B&W)
Perfect in every sense
Looks like a famous film star…
Good compo good sharpness
Jeppe (18654) 2004-07-07 18:20
Very excellent portrait and with a fine story to follow - I would surely remember this man as well, not used to smoking icecream sellers - but I remember as a young man a (old) "lady icecream seller" who allways tryed to sell me cigarets as well - and every time I told her I didn't smoke (never did or will :-)
thanks for sharing Manuel - your fine work.
DanTe (575) 2004-07-08 9:47
A lot of history in this picture. Directly to favourites.
pridel (233) 2004-07-08 16:24
waou ! c'est magnifique, l'intensité du regard ede l'homme est stupéfiante, il ne nous lâche pas des yeux ! La volute de fumée concentre notre attention sur lui. c'est très bien fait. bravo
scalerman (26900) 2004-07-09 22:30
Great shot, Manny, I'd leave more detailed notes, but internet cafes have to be one of my least favorite places to spend time while travelling....
taivo (1843) 2004-07-10 8:50
Superb portrait. I like shots with smoke because it gives something mysteriousness to the mood. The colours go along well with each other so the photo has a pleasant feel. Excellent sharpness and dof as well.
maciekda (19891) 2004-07-11 2:20
excellent portrait Manuel, nice compo, very good technically, wonderful colors, great person, very good work
mikhalych (1319) 2004-07-12 10:50
Good composition, great colors, sharpness and DOF. And great character. Look at his hands! Look at his face!
rdans59 (263) 2004-07-17 18:44
The look in the eyes of this sunny character speaks volumes.
Very well framed and the clod of smoke on the right is just the finishing touch. Good balance of colors and the nicely blurred background make the image complete.
cmartos (242) 2004-07-18 2:53
Wonderful portrait, I like it very much. Nice look and interesting attitude, excellent mood with this smoke around him, and superb tight crop. A very good catch, sharp and with so much expression in his face. Excellent catch Manuel!
cool_s15 (4050) 2004-07-26 4:57
Very wonderful portrait, I espacially like the smoke in here... Nice DOF and the expression. Excellent shot!
sn00zie (2384) 2004-09-04 10:28
WHAT A PORTRAIT!!! this is the best portrait i've seen so far. brilliant. nice note too!
zeebandy (116) 2004-12-17 12:23
faubry (35373) 2005-01-09 10:05
very congratulations!!! very good shot, i like this funny man, friendship, and i would like all men are like it!!
excellent the smoke around him
wilche (415) 2005-01-22 13:23
:-) Great pic and funny story. Look at his nails - a face with a story.. fantastic..
tinamunk3 (6404) 2005-10-05 13:07
I have just seen this image now - it's really a fantastic portrait.
Captain (514) 2006-03-20 23:03
You have do a good job on this expressive portrait. The clours are good and the sharpness/DOF is in the correct place. Well captured. Ian