Several times in Afghanistan and Pakistan I was surprised to see bearded men, wearing turbans and sometimes carrying a gun, walking down the street sniffing the fragrance of a flower, I even once saw someone looking like a present day Taliban holding a rose in his mouth. Somehow, to my mind, their appearances and their habits didn't match.
This man from a market area in Quetta city, April 1973, is just a young guy, so anything could be expected.
This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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Waylim (24342) 2008-12-19 11:54
I find that most men are generally have there tender and softer side. The only reasons they are that way in country with trouble, they just don't have time to show their lovely and tender side, and I guess there culture aren't allowing them to show who they really are. Unfortunately. This is a very tender and sentimental image. I really like it. Very colorful and bright. Taken with sensitivity. Thanks
fanni (14178) 2008-12-19 15:17
I can't help agreeing with the previous comment. There is a big grain of truth in these words about men (or mankind?) in general.
Very good photo! Even though we can't see the man's face (only part of it) it's a very good POV: the flower, the man - and the fragrance. I also like the composition - with another person in the blurry background.
Very lively image: these bright yellow, red, green and blue colours look nicredible! I wonder what is that object near which the man is stanging... food stall, perhaps?
and have a nice weekend!
kschanna (6) 2008-12-20 3:13
You are absolutely right...a delicate thing such as a flower does not suit the gun carrying...tough guy persona of a bearded pashtun man...
The man is looking away from you which is a uniqueness of this shot....a certain kind of mystery which might have not been there if the man was looking toward the camera.
jslee (3954) 2008-12-20 23:28
Dear Mr. Holmertz
You really have a great archieve of diccumentary photos taken in the past, that nobody can compare.
All your photos are treasure!
saxo042 (35196) 2008-12-21 4:28
An interesting photo of this tough guy with a delicate flower. Very good colours of that thing he is holding, whatever that is. Good scan!
Är det vallmo han sniffar på?
molla (7127) 2008-12-26 9:37
You have certain penchant for those far east, south east men in there fantastic head dressing.
and this young man looks like cutout of a far east soap opera if there still are such.
like colors of the pole