My english is not wery good. I met Pawel in Bieszczady mountains lat year. He has a specific job - he product a wood coal. This is hadr work beacuse of high temperature and a lot of smog.(I show specjal facility to produce wood coal) At this photo Pawel grab his little dog and made a break.....plesae write commets as possibly as You can:):)
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Signal-Womb (13048) 2004-06-26 7:39
This is a very natural looking portrait of this man and his little dog. The lightning and exposure is excellent . Very well done Aleksander.
Burnham (2428) 2004-06-26 7:39
Hi Aleksander and welcome to TE. I love the texture of this shot, it looks almost like a painting or something. His eyes are very good and adds to the friendly yet strong facial expression. You captured what you explained in your note very well, with him looking tired and dirty and his posture shows just how hard it is. The dog is a strange addition to the shot, however it works. I love it.
Your english is fine, don't worry :o)
spence (65) 2004-06-26 7:41
This is a powerful and gripping portrait Aleksander. The lighting, the composition, the colour and most of all that expression on his beautiful face. A superb entry to TE - close to perfect.
pridel (233) 2004-06-26 7:47
Welcome to TE. j'aime beaucoup cette photo pour la sensiblité et la force du regard de Pawel. Le chien vient adoucir l'atmosphère laborieuse du portrait. bien vu.
jstewart (1150) 2004-06-26 8:17
Very, very good portrait. Such a contrast between the clean and proper little dachshund and the dirty, tired man. Beautifully composed with rich colours. I would have cropped a little off the right hand side, leaving just a part of the wooden ladder, so as to balance the man and dog a little better within the frame of the picture.
Darren (6823) 2004-06-26 8:19
This is a really great shot Aleksander. Very good composition, the dog is a nice little detail, the background adds to the story and the soot on the man's face further emphasizes his job. Very nice shot.
bebel (7588) 2004-06-26 8:45
hello Alexander, nice shot
On y voit un peu de tristesse ou de lassitude devant cette condition humaine.
Beau cadrage et bonne luminosité très douce qui donne toute richesse à ces portraits.
Pompey (1117) 2004-06-26 10:04
Excellent shot Aleksander, the lighting and texture are perfect. It truly looks like a painting. The mans eyes are full of emotion.
I think we call it charcoal, (wood coal), in English.
Welcome to TE!
maciekda (19895) 2004-06-26 10:18
czzesc Alek, witaj na TE. bardzo fajne zdjecie, super kompozycja, spontaniczna poza, taka naturalna ekspresja... super robota, czekam na kolejne zdjecia. TE jest super, zobaczysz ;)
MonsieurB (279) 2004-06-26 12:03
Wonderful picture. Full of smoothness. The quality, the compo and the story are excellent. Bravo, bardzo wladne !
jrj (34843) 2004-06-26 12:40
A great, very strong and speaking portrait. Very good pix fot the TE Aleksander. Top job done.
milloup (1829) 2004-06-26 17:50
Must be a hard job this bloke has. Great capture of two sets of soulful eyes looking in each their direction. His dirty hands are holding his little friend with such tenderness ;-) Anyone who knows me will know that I adore dachshunds, and this is a very beautiful one, indeed ;-))
losteden (1522) 2004-06-26 19:35
Kolejny dobry fotograf zaczyna na TE, ekspansaja trwa. A zdjecie widzialem wczesniej i ciagle mi sie podoba, jest super. Emocje, przekaz, opowieść o człowieku. Fantastic work.
Piotr (0) 2004-06-27 5:08
Swietne zdjecie Aleksandrze!
Widac Twoj talent do reporterskiej roboty
jrzufferey (7305) 2004-06-27 5:09
Un beau et bon moment de tendresse après un travail difficile et pénibles. Une bien belle image de la vie,les couleurs et la construction sont parfaite travail magnifique. Amicalement/jr
mikee (2354) 2004-06-27 16:42
Well framed great composition with wonderful colors. I like the profound expression on the man's face and how the dog is looking away. The man's blue eyes really stand out. Great work.
elihesamian (26149) 2004-06-27 23:53
Welcome to TE ,Dear Aleksander!
Very well done,Great shot you posted here,great start,I'm very glad to see it,Full of emmotion,hard work,a moment relaxing,...
an admirable shot in daily life categories,You did great,perfect composition you managed about them,I like it very much.
nygus (8178) 2004-06-28 8:10
jak portret w studiu. bardzo dobre
BumBum (466) 2004-06-29 5:43
Many of us are not native here, but I and surely we can understand your writting very well and thanks for your note. I must say, This is 1 of perfect shots I have ever seen. I would give much more points if I could.
danbachmann (1746) 2004-06-29 13:41
The eyes, the backgound, the lighting, the grime, all so well done. This is one to be proud of. Perfect in every detail.
DaveLarson (798) 2004-06-29 21:04
This is quite remarkable, Aleksander. As someone else said, it reminds me of a painting - it has a kind of luminous quality to it. Well done.
koma (10) 2004-06-30 11:26
Znakomite zdjecie - robi duze wrazenie .
coucie (216) 2004-06-30 17:05
Très belle photo, beau cadrage j'aime la couleur le contraste des yeux est super !
RGatward (20086) 2004-07-02 10:21
A superb portrait of a working man. I don't know how I managed to miss all of these over the last week, but then, there are a lot of us.
eleparc (24063) 2004-07-02 14:17
i just love the contrast between the coal dusty man and the nice clean dog...;-) He has a very strong stare nd great blue eyes;-) bravo;-)
langaloo (489) 2004-07-10 15:10
Hello Aleksander, very nice picture : the subject, the story, the kindness coming out of theese sparkling blue eyes and the way he holds his friend with so much delicatesse and grace. There is an unusual grain on this picture, that I have not seen on other pictures in this site, sharp but yet velvety, did you use a special filter?
Porteplume (3458) 2004-07-10 16:37
Quelle merveilleuse image! La lumière qui éclaire le visage de cet homme et le bleu de ses yeux sont incroyables, on dirait un tableau.
Juste un peu dommage que le cadrage ne soit pas aussi parfait. Mais je n'arrive pas à mettre le doigt sur ce qui me tracasse...
Nina (4987) 2004-07-11 18:12
Wow, excellent portrait Alexander, all else has been said already. Congratulations!
amitai (879) 2004-07-16 3:26
what an amazing portrait, shot with so much sensitivity. I like it a lot.
Yorik (704) 2004-07-18 17:05
Great and creative image.....!!!!
DiaAzul (1403) 2004-07-22 12:21
A marvelous shot - I am amazed by all the good portrait pictures that come up on Trekearth - I just wish I could get the same natural look and lighting that you have achieved here.
This becomes my standard critique - it may have been better if you could leave some space above Pawel's head. It is better to shoot with extra space and then crop later than to try and add information in a picture which doesn't exist anymore because you were too close.
However, those eyes, the dog, the lighting, it is an excellent photo.
bfly (5775) 2004-08-01 3:40
hi Alan..I am back..I just wanted to say hi..you already know what I think about this picture; excellant...all the best
Hanssie (10838) 2004-08-04 15:20
Very, very nice all of this, the story, the picture with a friend, great sharpness and clearity, it's almost romantic, this scene, very well done, Aleksander !
flydragon (0) 2004-08-27 3:08
woowww this dog is so perfect ,o)
this is a great picture
his eyes and your made this shot
well done ,o)
cloverstar (0) 2004-10-01 19:55
I have only today discovered your work, and I am totally impressed.
fmg (4) 2004-12-08 19:25
A true cutbreathing shot.Favorite.
rigoletto (34279) 2005-01-03 9:39
Aleksander, you have signed a superb photo, congratulations. The picture is sharp, expression is deep, and you can imagine what kind of a life this man is living. Have you ever watched Tarkovsky's movie "Stalker"? This man and his dog very much recalls me of this magnificient movie.
justa (0) 2005-01-03 9:48
Suuuuuuper zdjecie! Swietny porter, wydaje mi sie ze gdzies je juz widzialam. Naprawde, rewelka! Spojrzenie tego goscia jest coool, co za glebia w oczach, no i ten cudny jamnis, swietne otoczenie, jestem pod wrazeniem, gratuluje kompozycji, bravo!
vera (337) 2005-01-03 10:00
This photo is magnificent. It makes me think that he must have a wonderful friendship with this little dog. Dogs love unconditionally, worrying little about how dirty the miner is and always ready for a hug. To me it makes the picture because it makes it unique, capturing the spirit of the man; a man who behind his dirty face and tough job has a gentle soul. I hope you have printed this photo and display it. I love it and dream of ever capturing one like this. Congratulations!
andrepintorj (39) 2005-01-08 12:56
Great picture! Perfect scene, very natural!
maurajn (902) 2005-02-18 20:16
Exceptional quality in this man's eyes, the color and the look directly into the camera, they are very expressive. You also have caught a wonderful sheen on the little dog's fur, and movement of his skin. In the background there is also great clarity of the wooden bunk, very rough and crude. In this I see a man working at hard labour, yet so incredibly gentle and kind at heart. I'm certain he is this way, from the photo you have presented here.
Eagle (522) 2005-02-24 17:57
Wow, wonderful photo, looks painted! I love the texture, have you modified the picture somehow?
Paker (2650) 2005-03-01 12:30
brak mi slow!
alefidel (135) 2005-03-02 20:50
Simple, quiet and also very expressive picture with an exelent balance and use of light. The whole composition and the expression of the subject are amazing.
I admire your work.
Regards from Buenos Aires
Saar (571) 2005-05-14 12:38
A WONDERFUL portrait Aleksander. Even though the man is working hard, in rough and harsh conditions, he has this calmness in his (immense) blue eyes.
All the dirt on his body (and under his fingernails - nice detail) and on the other side the cleanness of the dog (plus again, his glance) make a perfect match.
Well seen, well done.
If this is one of your first photographs, you made one hell of an entry! :)
sekay (87) 2005-05-14 12:52
coco (30439) 2005-05-14 15:21
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful photo. I could be repeating it... because is fantastic. Look his face and his eyes. Look his body. The dog in his hands. The light... Is perfect.
Thanks for share.
natc (315) 2005-07-27 3:19
i discovered pawel story this morning. that's great, your shots are more than pictures, they tell a story, an athmosphere. thanks a lot for sharing.
Prisley (1485) 2005-12-17 17:18
Stunning eyes! This portrait is so natural and though your note is about hard work (we can see proofs of this in his hand and face darkened by the smog), one can see a very friendly face with great smile. There is tenderness also in this picture with the dog laying on the man's legs. On the whole a great & interesting feeling is provided by your shot. Thanks for sharing ;o)
P.S: on a technical point of vew, as it's been said, the exposure and lightning are perfect. So as the frame!
wolf38 (31296) 2006-06-29 12:51
The picture of the man with the blue eyes and the dog on the lap radiates above all the human. A very well realized Portrait. Greeting, Wolfgang
bigric (2873) 2006-08-04 19:41
Hard times that people live in our world makes this photo show how lucky I am and I am a dog lover as well.Great shot and well done richard.
sadeik (3282) 2006-12-23 11:57
Excellant portrait and his eyes really do catch your attention.
That charcoal dust gets everywhere and it is ever so hard to get it washed away from the eyes, this has the effect of someone having put face make up on. I have also noticed that when you have a bath, the charcoal makes the water soft so that you don't have to use so much soap.
Glint (6171) 2007-01-26 13:20
this is a wonderful bitter-sweet portrait. Bitter because of the conditions that people like your friend must work in and sweet because of the charm of this man and his dog. Both are handsome creatures and have kindness in their eyes. And those beautifuk bkue eyes, enough to melt any young girls heart I am sure.
jsec (2154) 2007-01-26 13:36
Great capture full of of life. Congratulations on 100 points!
Sureyya (358) 2007-10-13 10:51
Perfect photo, excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing.
Lee30 (78) 2007-10-13 11:02
Excellent shot of a man and his best friend, Dog's my favourite pet.
Cloud__Warrior (391) 2008-07-06 7:04
Super portrait very natural looking.
Benedict (7076) 2008-09-24 20:02
crisp capture!! the blue eyes is crystal clear.
i understand that Pawel is into wood charcoal business and that is understandable to see him all "messed-up" but having a friend for a break is a compensation from this hard work.
greetings from LA.
daddo (26906) 2008-09-24 20:07
Hi Aleksander. It is a very touching shot full of tenderness and at the same lost dreams. Such a young man working in ungodly conditions- and probably for the rest of his life. Your photo shows us how hard it is for many to survive and how much they give up in order to get by. The darkened skin really accentuates the eyes and makes the young man appear even more vulnerable. Great work. Bravo Aleks. Pozdrawiam. Klaudio.
wojteczek (1212) 2009-03-17 14:42
Mocna wysoka ostrośc i spojrzenie
michelloupis (0) 2009-04-01 13:35
Another gorgeous one.
Life as romantic and unromantic, clean and unclean, beautiful and ugly, loving and loveless as it could be.
akh (277) 2010-02-23 22:26
Just an stunning portrait with great use of light and very nice post processing. I love the relation between him and his dog.
Tukan-T5 (4317) 2010-03-20 1:13
niezwykły podwójny portret w niezwykłym świetle i kolorycie.
Peter317 (38) 2010-03-20 13:56
Zdjecie emanuje zyciem i wyjatkowym cieplem.
chrkont (4005) 2010-06-13 14:15
Thank you for your "real" photo and note.
Very good double portrait
TFS - Regards
dhananjay_sutar (62) 2014-10-25 12:07
It doesn't matters if your English is not good...But your photography skills are excellent and this portrait is a classy one. The picture itself seems to be speaking. Good job...
- Copyright: Aleksander Prugar (A-la-N) (2025)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-07-29
- Categories: Daily Life
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- Exposure: f/2.3, 1/40 seconds
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