It was one of this many surprising turns a journey can take. I had my airplane ticket from Shiraz, Iran to Peshawar, Pakistan but due to some freak coincident I arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka... Anyway, without describing further details, I wasn't unhappy with this situation. And it turned out to be a quite interesting time I spent there. I've found myself after a couple of days in the middle of a organized crime gang in the outskirts of Colombo. And they were such fine bunch of lads that I stayed a couple weeks with them.
Well, back to the picture: You're seeing the eyes of Suranga, an average foot soldier of the self named "Tamil Mafia". He is one of the loveliest guys I've met, and til to this day I have no idea how he ended up as a criminal. But of course there's much more to this, he's got a wife and a 2 year old daughter living just 50 km away from him. Due to his work he wasn't able to see them for nearly a year when I met him.
I took the picture through a window which was barred with wood. I particularly love this photo because you're able to read his story from his eyes! I hope you can see it too.
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iainsp (2630) 2010-09-01 8:20
Wow - great photograph, great story.
Is there something about Sri Lankan "criminals"? I used to know a very dodgy Sri Lankan drug dealer when I lived in Brighton, England in the early nineties. I wouldn't necesarily have trusted him too much, but still one of the nicest, most charming people I have met.
delnaja (2056) 2010-09-01 10:58
thought provoking photo ... And this glance is fascinating.
Love the b&w here also.
bantonbuju (51815) 2010-09-02 1:59
love this all the way... it's like the whole life is packed in those eyes!... sadness, wisdom, perhaps pain - all these are in the eyes...
best wishes, jerzy
beatmen (512) 2010-09-02 4:30
what a story! what a photo! good title as well
there is no >happy end< in those eyes
baclama (18829) 2010-10-06 12:05
un excellent noir et blanc qui ne laisse voir que ce regard si chargé, un brin triste...