Smoked Off Face at the Willingdon Crescent in Jamnagar

Gujarat Trip - Part 4

Continuing my Gujarat trip posts, this is the 4th one. Below photographs are of a person who was standing at the Willingdon Crescent in Jamnagar. He seemed quite different from the normal public.

Our family had gathered at the Willingdon Crescent; my uncle has a medical shop there. When we were chatting, I saw a man and said, "A smoked off tree-trunk face is smoking beedi!" All looked back and saw this man smoking deep with his very hard tanned face. I found him very interesting for my photography passion. I asked him whether I can take his photograph. He said, "why not?"

The second photograph (more of a broader view) is such a typical Indian shot actually. If you look keenly, you will find that there's an auto-rickshaw on the right with a photograph inside, of Rani Mukherjee posing in tight pants and t-shirt.

Explanation for the unusual words and phrases…
Beedi: Indian Cigarette
Auto-rickshaw: A three-wheeled petrol-powered vehicle for 3 passengers except the driver in front.
Rani Mukherjee: A famous Indian film actress.

Smoking man’s ultimate close-up
Smoking man

Gujarat Trip - Part 3
Gujarat Trip - Part 2
Gujarat Trip - Part 1

36 comments :

  1. Good capture! Did he mind you shooting his photo?

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  2. He didn't mind it at all Gail. He was happy to pose. In fact, he liked being photographed, and kept on sucking the beedi in perhaps due to excitement. I had to tell him to leave the smoke :)

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  3. What an awesome pic Bavesh! The marks on his face are as deep as the wisdom on his eyes :)

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  4. Facinating photo of the weathered old man. I love the closeup, and the larger shot gives a sense of the busy Indian street. Excellent capture.

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  5. I don't know what else to say after seeing these great snaps. There is so much details in the first image.

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  6. Fantastic close-up! I'm impressed! Wonderful shot!

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  7. THe first shot is amazing ! beautiful portrait !

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  8. You're right Dana. His eyes have so much wisdom, and the marks are as deep.

    Thanks for the appreciation.

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  9. Hi Deepak (exposemaximum),

    I love detailed photographs, and most of the time, you'll find me doing that only.

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  10. "A smoked off tree-trunk face is smoking beedi" :D:D:D
    superb line:D

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  11. In fact, I too liked it Kunjal :) Weird of me.

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  12. Fantastic portraits! Bravo!

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  13. You are ever alert to capture unusual sights. Great shot!

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  14. Fantastic portraiture Bhavesh!
    As an artist this man's face holds so much character...years of learning and living.

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  15. Outstanding and superb portrait!

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  16. Keeping alert was really important to take this snap Indrani. You got it right :)

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  17. He's taking a good old drag on that cigarette - you can almost hear him inhaling. You've really made this shot come alive.

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  18. Great close ups....handsome gent actually.

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  19. a wonderful wonderful portrait!

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  20. Excellent stuff. There is lot of life in those cracks.

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  21. I just heard it Lindab :)

    Thank you for the appreciation :) :)

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  22. He really looks handsome. Yes Sandy :)

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  23. I might be a little late on posting a comment on this one, but better late than never.

    You have captured some stunning details in that man's face. Its just incredible.

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  24. Fantastic! You are such a talented photographer! Thank you so much for sharing Bhavesh!

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  25. What a wizened countenance...such great shots.

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