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Lost in Kathmandu's "Old Town" I turned the corner on another small dirt path, and there he was in front of me. The narrow path was lined with boxes and trash piled as high as the doors - not a great background for a photo. That is why I had to crop the photo as a square, trash/boxes, on both sides of the doors.

A photojournalist CANNOT change ANYTHING in a picture, can not even move a tree limb out of the view, or you can loose you job, your career faster than a click of the shutter! So, I just walked in front of him down the path, hoping to find somewhere with a cleaner background.

And all of a sudden these colorful doors appeared in between all the garbage! I sat down on the dirt, leaning against the garbage on the wall behind me, and waited for him to walk in front of the doors, trying to catch him at the exact moment he was centered in the door's frame...

As in all of my photos, whenever possible, I ask the subject for their name, age, or if appropiate to sign a model's release. This old monk was in an old section of Kathmandu, and I was alone, and he did not understand English and I not Nepalese, so his name, or a release was not understood. He did acknowledge with a smile and a "yes" shake of his head, when I showed him his photo, on the screen on my camera...

What you see in the photos is what was there! All I did was darken the exposure, tweaked curves, saturation, and (forgive me, editor gods) used healing brush on some small pieces of paper, cig butts on the ground...

That's it. Ansel Adams once said, "I believe that sometimes I come upon a place at the exact moment God wants it to be photographed, and remembered forever." I know that feeling.



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Given 2011-07-24
Old Man Walking by *JohnBerryPhotos
Suggester says: The elderly monk casts an extremely striking figure, intense yellow against a stark blue backdrop - at first glance, this photo is impressive; at a second glance, vivid and unforgettable. ( Suggested by GraphiteColours and Featured by hellfirediva )
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k-graphic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
definitely amazing! 

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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
You are featured – hope you are pleased [link]
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
More than pleased!
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
:)
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Cultivated-Arrogance Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding!
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Fantastic photo.
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
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thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
you're very welcome :)
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karliosi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Patience is a virtue. Great shot.
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Amazing colors!
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
:iconrightthumbsupplz::icongrin--plz::iconlefthumbsupplz:

Thank you!
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golden-winged Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i looked through over 50 pages of my favs to find this again.
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Lemures87 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did the same :D
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golden-winged Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:P it was worth looking for!
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
I am honored you like it!
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webworm Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Great capture! Beautiful colors!
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
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Yea Baby!
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A-teinna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Photographer
Hi dear member of :iconthepeopleavenue:

your beautiful piece of art has been Featured in the latest newsarticle of :iconthefavouriteshowcase: [link]

Thanks for sharing :wave:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
You have been featured here!
Lovely work :)
Katy
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wow! I am honored for my photo to be among such powerful photographs! Thank you VERY much...
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pariah87 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I featured it here: [link] :)
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!!!

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fransiscaeve Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
like this
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you...
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Shadowandsoul Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   Photographer
I really like the photo a lot, yet I can't help but think that the garbage/trash/boxes you speak of, would actually have added to the photograph...to add some contrast to the photo...your eyes would still go directly to the monk and beautiful blue background, but then you would slowly see the garbage/trash etc...which for me at least would bring more emotional power to the photo. Right now it just looks a bit perfect, pretty.
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for your kind words, compliment, and your opinion, preference, like. :-) That is what is so great about "art" - it is an expression of the person who created it.

My art style is from the old school of "less is more".

Thank you again...
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Shadowandsoul Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   Photographer
No problem, so glad that you were OK with what I had to say and that you didn't take offense to my critique. There is such a delicate art to capturing someone on the fly, within another culture and yet to also hold the respect that you do. I see that, in the two photos I saw of yours.

I am tiptoeing slowly into that world of photojournalism. Attempting to capture a beautiful moment, yet also to have kind regard and respect for my subject. Do you always ask "first" before you photograph? And if so, how do you do that and keep that beautiful authenticity that exists in the moment.
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Never. Shoot first, ask later. :-) And only if I am sure I will it be for publication, then the editors need to know "who, what, where, when and how."
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RichardConstantinoff Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Great capture !
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
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AndrewToPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:faint::heart:this!!!!!!!!
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Namaste...

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Yea baby!
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AndrewToPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Namaste my friend.
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gingado Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Your work is featured in my "MOMENTS OF INTENSITY 2011 - Part 11" - maybe you like it.

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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
I am honored to be included with the other great art there!

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Tyler007 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wow, the color separation is wonderful in this photo.
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D

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Yea baby!
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RosaLynx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Gorgeous and so striking. And nice to hear the anecdote of how you got it: patiently waiting for everything to come together for the perfect picture ;)
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks! You have an excellent eye too..

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Yea baby!
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AwesomeBeyBlader901 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
:lmao: :rofl: :clap: NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
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Yea Baby!
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KaVicente Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful colors :)
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
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Yea Baby!

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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
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Yea Baby!

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SchatzFoto Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazingly bright colors, I find it so interesting that this photo has the three primary colors. What an interesting subject as well! I'm glad you went out of your way to find the right backdrop because the photo turned out incredible.

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I saw this deviation at #devPREMIUM!
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hi Megan,

Thanks for your generous words! After many years of being a professional, I have learned to "go with the flow" and trust my instincts. I knew he walked so slow, and could not go off the small dirt lane, so I could go down the lane in front of him and see if a better background was ahead. But, it was better than I had hoped. :D

I am planning to go back to Nepal next spring/summer, and I will do my best to find him, give him the photo...
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SchatzFoto Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Good instincts! If you do go back to Nepal it would be very interesting to follow up with him and possibly get another picture.
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JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh, I am going, just hope to find him... :D
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