03 November 2008

The Thinker, Barda Hills

Barda Hills boy

What does his future hold? Will he leave as soon as he gets the chance? What will he think he's leaving behind?

The Barda Hills near Kileswar, Gujarat. February 2007.

All content © 2008 Pete McGregor

7 comments:

Michael said...

Again, texture I could touch. And the light on (the elephant?). Too perfect. Gentle almost. Great portrait of "boy."

Emma said...

Stunning, in every sense of the word.

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Michael. Actually, the light was terrible — extremely bright and contrasty. Although the people were under the dappled shade of a few thin trees, I had to work hard to get backgrounds that wouldn't blow out into pure white nothing. (No elephant, BTW — just very out-of-focus scrub and dust).

Thanks Emma! :^)

Relatively Retiring said...

Is there any chance that this lovely portrait may, one day, be seen by its subject and his family? I hope you still have Indian contacts which might make this possible.

pohanginapete said...

RR, Yes, I trust (or at least hope) the photos got back to the people. I burned a CD of photos when I got to Udaipur, and posted it a week or so later to the photographer friend who was going to print them and send them on. But, I'd love to return and distribute the photos in person. Maybe one day...

Avus said...

Those eyes and eyebrows! One is centred and held by them.
What perception to have caught him at that micro-moment.

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Avus. Often it's the direct gaze that gives a photo power, but sometimes, as in this, a direct gaze would give it an entirely different feel.