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looking into the eyes of india

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
looking into the eyes of india
looking into the eyes of india
this homeless man welcomed my conversation and my camera outside of India's biggest Mosque in Old Delhi. Completely natural light, and uncropped picture.
© Aaron M. Alter
Fuji FinePix S7000...
 
 
 
Murry Grigsby
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/12/2002
    A very engaging portrait Aaron! Nice tight crop, pose, textures and those great eyes!!


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1/24/2005 8:22:15 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2000
 

This is a very powerful portrait, Aaron.


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1/24/2005 10:40:33 AM

 
Lewis P. Church
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/29/2004
 

One of the best portraits I have seen, as Aaron said, powerful, it's just draws you in to those strong eyes ...


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1/24/2005 12:04:50 PM

 
Kimberly J. Whipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/10/2005
 

Incredible, beautiful shot. Makes me think "National Geographic"


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1/24/2005 12:27:12 PM

 
Linda Stegall  

Although the word is over-used, this portrait is AWESOME!


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1/24/2005 1:19:51 PM

 
Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2004
 

Wonderful portrait, Aaron!


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1/24/2005 2:09:18 PM

 
Marta Azevedo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/24/2002
 

Very well done


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1/24/2005 3:20:47 PM

 
Michael S. Swaffar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/1/2004
 

Great portrait Aaron!


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1/24/2005 3:58:53 PM

 
Craig A. Rose  

This is an example of superior portrait shooting. The subject is incredibly engaging - even riveting. The crop, as mentioned earlier, is ideal. Overall, this is an image that gives many of us something to shoot for in our people photography. Oh, and not to mention the fact that you had the "courage" to approach your subject - BRAVO!

-Craig


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1/24/2005 5:34:02 PM

 
Christian Turk  

I love portraits, makes you stop and imagine... what's his story, rich man / homeless man (is our human existence so different), what do the eyes say - is he a wise? is their madness beneath? is he old or middle age - the hair is wild and grey, but the eyes and skin show vitality, does he have a mission, what lessons does he have to teach...


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1/24/2005 7:19:05 PM

 
Stephanie Lyons
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/5/2005
 

I agree with the comments above ... your creation is hauntingly beautiful ... Excellent job!


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1/24/2005 7:53:43 PM

 
Janet S. Jonas  

Well done!


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1/25/2005 8:57:38 AM

 
Jagrut Raval
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/27/2004
 

excellent shot Aaron !!! actually I am from INDIA so I know how difficult it is to approach these homeless people and talk with them. Great work ... u r the winner man!!! I agree with Kimberly, this photo is for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC just like Steve McCurry's famous potrait photograph of a girl from Afghan refugee camp.

-JAGRUT


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1/25/2005 10:18:18 PM

 
Kimberly J. Whipps
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/10/2005
 

Congratulations on being a finalist. How could this not be chosen? I see a winner.


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2/18/2005 7:54:02 PM

 
Jagrut Raval
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/27/2004
 

hey man congratulations.........


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2/18/2005 8:12:03 PM

 
Jennifer Rennison  

Excellent portrait, could sit and look at those eyes all day and wonder! Amazing capture, congratulations, Aaron!!


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2/19/2005 9:10:31 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2000
 

I am so pleased to see this in the finals, Aaron. Congrats to you!


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2/19/2005 1:22:39 PM

 
Rob Zukoski  

Simply, one of the best photos I've ever seen. And I say this after just recently looking thru scores of photos that have won the Pulitzer prize over the past century. How else can I put it? This shot is at the level of Steve Mccurry's Afghan refugee girl!


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2/19/2005 11:19:03 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/8/2003
 

This is a winner in my book Aaron. The eyes are just awesome. I love the full frame portrait. Once you open it you just can't stop looking at this man's eyes. Wow, good luck in the next round!


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2/20/2005 7:35:54 AM

 
Christine Pentecost
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/30/2004
 

What a great picture! My husband and I have a drawing over our fireplace very similar, and ironically, the man in our drawing was a homeless man as well. This is the type of picture that makes me pause and look into the eyes and wonder what his life must be like. Great photo!


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2/21/2005 4:52:48 PM

 
Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/2/2004
 

Congratulations on your win, Aaron!


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2/21/2005 6:35:13 PM

 
Darren Alexander
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/27/2002
 

a well deserved win. perfect image. kudos and congrats! :-)


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2/21/2005 10:35:08 PM

 
Stephanie Lyons
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/5/2005
 

Congratulations, Aaron ... I knew this had to be a winner!


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2/22/2005 4:06:23 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/8/2003
 

Excellent!!!
CONGRATULATIONS on your win Aaron ..:)


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2/22/2005 4:47:21 AM

 
Jennifer Rennison  

Congratulations on your win, Aaron!!


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2/22/2005 11:55:10 AM

 
Jagrut Raval
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/27/2004
 

again congratulations on being the winner !!!!!!


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2/22/2005 6:46:27 PM

 
Susana Matos
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2003
 

Congratulations on your win! Really wonderful!
Cheers from Portugal, Su


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2/22/2005 11:39:21 PM

 
Kristi A. Howson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2004
 

Just Amazing Aaron...such a stong portrait. Congratulations!!!!


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2/26/2005 11:53:13 AM

 
Lori L. Thomas
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/29/2005
 

Wow! The contrast of his beard, skin, and eye - incredible.


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3/15/2005 12:21:17 PM

 
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