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vow of silence
vow of silence

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Collection: En Voyage
Lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for Nikon
Aperture: F2
ISO: 100
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2012

Viewed: 718
Comments: 8
Favorites: 3 (view)

I took this in Sri Lanka last year, he had been silent for a few years i was told.

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01/31/2012 03:42:05 AM
I didn't know you were in Sri Lanka last year, I've heard it's very beautiful is some parts.
This is tremendous John. The lines around his lips say it all. It's like hes straining almost to stay silent, very powerful.
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01/27/2012 10:43:01 PM
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01/27/2012 07:50:28 PM
I agree with the others, the environment speaks as loudly as his contained demeanor. Marvelous work.
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01/26/2012 01:14:35 AM
It's superb. Also very instructive: how to find the photograph, rather than merely the subject. Most photographers would have seen this as a vertical format picture. I'd likely have seen it square. But you saw it primarily as a photograph, not as a subject or a portrait, and so you made it horizontal. Which is ironic, given the fact of his silence, because it's the format that gives the picture voice. The presence of the pillar of darkness on the quiet side of the picture, which many sad souls might say was 'distracting' and had nothing to do with the portrait, actually IS the portrait. It IS a picture of darkness and light, both literally and figuratively, and that could not have happened any other way but yours. One of the few really good, enduring pictures at DPC. Thank you.
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01/21/2012 06:33:10 PM
Spectacular! See the hair like an aura around his ears? I bet he didn't properly see you when you took the shot. He's all inside.

This ain't la douce France. You are in L'Asie Profonde. Yes, Sri Lanka I read now.
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01/19/2012 02:19:45 PM
The tones on his skin are amazing. A wonderfully powerful portrait.
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01/19/2012 11:59:55 AM
Brilliant shot and processing, definitely my favourite type of shot.
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01/19/2012 11:03:56 AM
Fantastic portrait, John. Where?
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