Having wandered the fetid alleyways of the Fatimid’s all morning I found myself sitting in a tiny coffee shop no bigger than an average size bathroom, the old man was sitting on the opposite row of benches, the sun couldn’t quite reach over the mud brick walls of the Cairo labyrinth, it was December and cold outside and the door had been pulled shut, the old man had shown little or no interest in the foreigner sitting an arm’s length in front of him, I on the other hand was obviously drawn to him, the lines etched onto his face like a map of the winding lanes that had brought me here.
With two Nikons dangling from my shoulders the old man must have guessed my intention, I smiled and raised one and he nodded approval somewhat reluctantly, I snapped one shot in the dull fluorescent light, then the door opened and the old man looked towards the light coming from the alley and I made the second image.
From my El-Hara project.
El-Hara was a project inspired by the works of Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, shot sometime ago on a couple of crusty old Nikons and pockets full of TriX.
I was lucky enough to meet Mahfouz and the project has been exhibited in a few countries, I will post some more from the series in due course.
Beautiful shot. Love the chiaroscuro effect.
mmm those Egyptian elders 😃
great opportunistic shot
There is so much character in his face. Beautiful portrait.
A very fine portrait in every detail; face, cap, hair, jacket. The eyes; a lot of presence.
I love it
I think when people really look they find out that ‘extra’ in the ‘ordinary’.. And thus created such extraordinary portraits.. 🙂
Your photography is wonderful – really enjoying your blog 👌
Thank you so much 🙂
You blog is beautiful by the way
Oh thanks that’s great to hear 🍁🍂🍃
I am simply stunned by how beautiful your shots are! You do know how to make a spectacular portrait from such an ordinary moment. I’ll sure keep following your posts as they are full of emotions.
I absolutely love this