You will have seen from yesterday’s post that while in Dublin at the Royal Hibernian Academy, I took the risk of asking strangers there if I could take a photo of them.

Reflecting on this picture I suppose one might say that when we smile for a photograph, we are putting on a social face, and although a friendly smile might be the face we put on when we greet people, it’s actually something that we hide behind as well, so while taking photos recently in India I usually asked my subjects not to smile.

Which is why I like this portrait of Dylan.

He has the calm directness of gaze, of a youth becoming a man; where his boyish uncertainty is being set aside, and he’s exploring his identity and his self image.

From seeing him with his family I sensed that he was also a very dependable older brother. Thanks Dylan for allowing me to make this image of you.



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