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Barbershop, Chandbaori, India, 2008

Barbershop, Chandbaori, India, 2008

Our bus stopped briefly for supplies in this small Rajasthan town. We were not allowed to leave our bus, but I asked our driver to keep the door open while we were waiting. I was able to make this photograph of the local barber by shooting through that open bus door. I had plenty of time to layer the image, anchoring it with the turbaned man in the foreground. The facial expression of the customer and the eloquent hands of the barber create meaning in the middle layer. And the silhouetted reflection of the barber in a mirror creates the background layer.

Leica V-Lux 1
1/80s f/3.6 at 58.7mm iso100 full exif

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Phil Douglis25-Apr-2008 19:31
Thanks, Tim -- lives are indeed layered, a gathering of generations.
Phil Douglis25-Apr-2008 19:25
Life in public is very much a part of India, Jenene. We saw things going on in India that we would never see on an American street. And I find much of this public life to be fascinating and often quite incongruous.
Tim May25-Apr-2008 17:45
I like the layering of lives here.
JSWaters25-Apr-2008 05:35
Phil, I like your comment to Monique, about barbering in public. It leads me to the conclusion that 'there might be something quite charming about life in public'
Phil Douglis21-Apr-2008 19:04
I love the rhythms in your shot, Mo. There is something quite charming about barbering in public.
monique jansen21-Apr-2008 10:13
We obviously like the same subjects, sorry mine is so small, but back when I uploaded this photo, I was not yet experienced in the use of Pbase
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