23 October 2008

Saddhu's minder at Rishikesh

Saddhu's minder, Rishikesh
This man was one of three who looked after a saddhu in a small, walled enclosure on the outskirts of Rishikesh. They seemed utterly unconcerned with asking anything of me; the place and its people emanated a deep and quiet sincerity — quite unlike my two "guides", one of whom was unquestionably a con man and the other, ... well, I still don't know.

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Anne-Marie said...

I love his eyes and the quality of his skin. Beautiful.

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Anne-Marie. That look — not unfriendly; perhaps curious or searching? I get the feeling it would be impossible to put one across him. He'd see right through you.

Michael said...

To me it's like he's looking past the camera, through the viewer. Gazing at something beyond. The amblyopia helps!

Only the third eye is connecting directly.

I'm glad you kept the depth of field shallow.


pohanginapete said...

Thanks for the thoughts, Michael. "Amblyopia" — I had to look that up! Actually, the slight cast in one eye seems to be present in quite a few portraits — the photo of Krishna's brother is another example (his right eye gazes directly at the camera while his left eye looks to his left).