Monday, January 16, 2012

“Gray Shirt” Photograph

A portrait without a face. Not being able to see the face in this photograph makes you look at other details, such as the hand on the ground and the twisted shirt creases held there by his bulging torso. If the face was there these would be secondary elements.

Ideally photographs shouldn’t need to be explained and I was tempted not to say what is going on here, but on the other hand knowing some extra details can add to a picture’s value. So, this man is one of the blind buskers who sit in a line on the ground together to perform at the Chiang Mai Walking Street markets. Here he has just lowered himself into position as they get ready to play.

Photograph taken at the “Saturday Walking Street”, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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