Afghan elder in Natural light

My main goal for this tour aside from my primary video role has been to put together a selection of portrait images, in the hope that I could arrange a small exhibition of portraits at a local art fayre.  I will be adding another blog entry near the end of the tour displaying some of my own personal favourites.  In the meantime I wanted to share this one.

An Afghan elder and the pace of life

Whilst working on some footage for an Afghan Air Force open day at Kandahar, I saw this elder, who had arrived early with some young children.  He promptly sat in a hangar doorway waiting with his worry beads.  He was just waiting patiently when I got this picture.  Taken on the trusty old manual 50mm lens (some people are getting bored hearing about), I wanted to concentrate on his face.  The lines are like a text, telling his life story and similar in many ways to so many other locals.  There people have endured so much in their lifetime and their lives are tough by our standards.

Simply processed in Lightroom, it does not need much more.

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4 comments
  1. Andrew said:

    A fine portrait, demonstrating great sympathy with the subject. A timeless quality to it.

    • That’s very kind Andrew. Glad you like it. Will be putting more up soon.

      Mark

  2. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so
    I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your
    blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer
    but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for rookie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    • Hi Geoffrey, thanks for your message, sorry never saw your first one but this site does sometimes mark legit messages as spam. Glad you enjoy the blog and in response to your questions, all I can say to you is to try to keep any blog personal.

      I am certainly not a prolific blogger by any means, but I just write down what is going through my head. We are all interesting people in our own right, but not everyone is interested so try not to get too attached to what you write, and to any feedback you get. I write this for me not for anyone else really, so I don’t keep track of who (if anyone) is reading.

      Although I had done a couple of entries before I went to Afghanistan, it was my experiences over there that I wanted to get off my chest. It is important to have a release at times, but beware that you don’t get into a habit of ranting or venting, no-one really wants to read that.

      So in summary, write about what makes you tick, keep it simple and regular, have fun and simply don’t take it too seriously. Blogs will eventually become old fashioned.

      I hope this helps.

      All the best.

      Mark.

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