Italian Barber

 Posted by on October 19, 2016  Add comments
Oct 192016
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A couple of days before departing Italy for India, Nigel decided it was time to see a barber for a haircut. We visited the small town of Agropoli, south of the Amalfi Coast. This very cool young man worked from a barber’s shop that was more like a museum inside. After he’d worked his magic on Nigel, I asked him if I could photograph him and proceeded to coax him out to the doorstep where there was better light. Afterwards, an older barber who had ‘helped’ the portrait session by providing scissors as a prop, approached us with a piece from his ‘museum collection’ – a bellows-style camera. He indicated that he had a problem with it – he could not get the lens to retract and it was obviously collecting dust. With a bit of fiddling and pushing we solved the problem and showed him how to release the catch and he was obviously thrilled. They had no English; we have only basic Italian; I love it that we can usually get by and experience every-day memorable moments.

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  4 Responses to “Italian Barber”

  1. I like this a lot. His intense dark eyes are the main anchor point but I’m drawn to wonder what is behind him. The highlights on his hair separate from the background, – just, and that is enough to again draw me to the background. But I cant really see behind him so that part of the story is a mystery.

    • Thank you, Ian. It was an Alladin’s cave inside, with old barbers’ chairs, old hair styling equipment, at least one old camera, and little room for walking. I don’t intend to remove the mystery, but maybe add some breadcrumbs. Somehow they managed to fit in clients too!

  2. I have had another look at all the portriats you have posted here Vicki, and I think they are all superb close up images. The recent ones somehow, though, seem to show a stronger connection with the subject and their eyes connect straight to the viewer, which mimics, I think, the connection you are now embracing with your subjects. You have grown well on this long “OE” and I can see the subtle changes in these portraits compared to those made while you were trying to overcome your fears. Wonderful stuff

    • Thank you Barbara. I’m not sure about the difference in the results, but I’m certainly feeling quite different about asking to take the photos.

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