THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

What’s your story? That’s what I always wonder when I see someone sitting – alone, with the tracks of time seemingly etched into their face.  

  

© 2010  

I photographed this gentleman several minutes before he noticed me. I was shooting so many things in every direction that he didn’t pay any attention to me – or so I thought. After a few minutes, he smiled and said, “It’s OK if you want to take my picture – you’re not the first, you know.”  

  

© 2010  

As it turns out, he’s actually posed for several nautical themed paintings by numerous artists. After looking closely, I thought – I knew you looked familiar! 

Everyone has a story – what’s yours? Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll see you tomorrow. 

All photography is original and falls under the protection and copyright of this blog

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~ by photographyfree4all on July 19, 2010.

16 Responses to “THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA”

  1. Nice, I was looking for something similar recently for that DP Review challenge of the same title 🙂 never found it.
    Love the top one, looks taken straight from the Hemmingway novel.

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  2. I agree, he looks like he jumped out of the novel. Great shots and great story! I’m sure his story goes deeper than we can imagine.

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  3. Classic looking character

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  4. Hey! I followed the link from the comment you posted on my blog, and I’ve really enjoyed browsing through your pictures. It’s funny because my Mom is a painter, and she has painted a captain/seaman who looks just like this guy! I love his expression in that first shot.

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  5. He looks like he’s sailed around the world a few times, doesn’t he?

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  6. Very nice shots–he looks like Captain Highliner. I’m intrigued by ‘people’ pictures–so far I’ve mostly been sticking to pets and outdoor stuff, but this is inspiring me. I think I’d be a little shy, though, to snap complete strangers–I’ll have to start with people I know, I guess.

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  7. I like that first portrait. It’s a great character study. A long zoom is great for candid shots, except that you’re not exactly blending in with the woodwork when you’re carrying around a big dslr kit… 🙂

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  8. I wonder how many times someone has stopped to ask him if he’s related to Hemingway? Great portrait study!

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  9. Awesome composition to these images, this guys face speaks volumes. You have real talent here, I love the vibrancy of your images (in all posts, not just this), I can learn a lot from looking at your photos.

    Great stuff, keep it up.

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  10. […] post by photographyfree4all reminded me to write about this wax encaustic painting I completed recently. […]

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  11. I am enjoying looking at your pictures, I used to do some photography myself back in the day, so I can appreciate great work! I will follow so I can get updates!

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  12. He does look just like the typical sort of man at sea!

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  13. Great photo of an interesting character. Perhaps he modeled for my grandfather’s chalk drawing: http://lh4.ggpht.com/_TyLSJSd6o_U/SG10OWGBPnI/AAAAAAAAFTs/agms4nDBzvA/s800/008.jpg

    Maybe not, though, since that drawing was made about 40 years ago and the man you photographed would have just been a “middle aged man and the sea.”

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  14. Cool pictures and a great subject 🙂

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  15. Thanks for these portraits, he looks like a nice guy! I wish I could be better shooting portraits myself….

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  16. […] post by photographyfree4all reminded me to write about this wax encaustic painting I completed recently. […]

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