You never know when you’re going to need one.
A barber: well what else did you think I meant?
A couple of times while travelling I have used the services of a barber and both times I came away very satisfied with the haircut…..especially the price.
Once was in Cambodia. He even trimmed those wayward hairs that sprout around the ears…….sorry about that, but you have to tell it how it is, and he seemed quite surprised when I gave him a tip.
The second time was at this fine location in Kannur, and, of course, you can’t leave without taking a few snaps…….can’t waste a good subject.
I don’t encourage smiling in street portraits, yes I’m a bit miserable I know, but just occasionally I relent and allow a couple of cheerful faces, so make the most of them.
This is a ‘capturing the flavour’ kind of shot.
It’s also an environmental portrait………..and it’s street photography.
…..and then it gets a bit worrying.
Does he wonder like I’m wondering, what it is that’s wrapped up and dumped in that green tarp?
Not sure what they are selling here. It could be spices, or tea, or grain maybe.
Whatever it is, I like the colours in this scene and it reminds me of those old hand tinted postcards.
The Kannur market area, centred on M A Road, was a profitable location for taking photographs.
There is a great pathos here. This is one portrait that I almost wish that I had not taken. It evokes a strong sense of pity in me, and in a way that’s not what I want to feel. I don’t want to take a photo because I might pity someones life: that I might pity this man.
Pity is a natural feeling and it should prompt me to action, because I care.
The result is that I feel that I’ve taken advantage of this man, that I have used him….. to make my photo….that I can claim to have made an aesthetic statement at the expense of this man…..makes me feel guilty.
The small businesses and shops in the towns of India are fascinating to visit. It’s little wonder that India and Indians are known as a nation of shopkeepers.
Here a tailor sits behind his sewing machine while this gentleman, whether he be a customer or assistant, I know not, stares impassively into the camera.
It’s poignant for several reasons, and there’s a sense of tension also, that creates a very moody image. If a photograph can capture a soul, it comes close in this image.