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Coconut Vendor @ Mylapore Market, Chennai

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 15 September 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

This is a cheerful bloke @ the market who delights in serving tender coconut water to his customers - brandishing his sickle to slice-open the coconut and serve with a drinking straw.
It was mainly his up-beat personality and joyful attitude which attracted me.
Sadly, his facial muscles froze to this serious expression...( Was it me or something else ..maybe he wanted to hide his missing front teeth ??)
Although it doesnt reflect his true nature, I still thought this portrait was worth uploading...

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Wow - another reminder that life for most people on this earth is far simpler - and that we don't need a lot of 'stuff' to enjoy doing what we do. Thanks, Sunder.

15 Sep 2010 5:28am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

lovely portrait!!!!:)

15 Sep 2010 5:41am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Those eyes- I can't get over them!

15 Sep 2010 5:43am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

I cannot picture this man as cheerful...he looks so serious...and his eyes -- as CElliottUK says...can’t get over those eyes. Very nice portrait!

15 Sep 2010 6:10am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Nice capture...

15 Sep 2010 6:31am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

I'm so glad you told us how cheerful he is - so that we can see through the exterior and glimpse his inner joy. Makes you wonder how many of us walk around with a façade that does not reflect our inner beings!

15 Sep 2010 6:53am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnificent portrait with a choice of sepia tone superb. Good day.

15 Sep 2010 6:54am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Great portrait.
Perhaps he was conscious of his missing teeth.

15 Sep 2010 7:22am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Probably he has two sides to his personality since he seems serious about this portrait ... well done!

15 Sep 2010 7:46am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

It must have been you...just kidding :). nice portrait.

15 Sep 2010 7:53am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Nice portrait,full of character..

15 Sep 2010 8:17am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Wonderful image!

15 Sep 2010 8:46am

k@ from Paris, France

A fascinating face to face - a man with depth for sure...

15 Sep 2010 9:19am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It's a stunning portrait - sad though that you had seen so much joy and happiness in him yet he was unable to carry that across in your phot.

15 Sep 2010 9:34am

Kimhe from Singapore, Singapore

A really nice portrait!

15 Sep 2010 9:41am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Magnificent portrait.

15 Sep 2010 10:23am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful portrait Sunder, I like the tones you've chosen here... Have a nice day :)

15 Sep 2010 11:50am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Definitely a face that tells a thousand stories! A beautiful street portrait Sunder! ;-)

15 Sep 2010 11:55am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice portrait.

15 Sep 2010 12:57pm

Don from spokane, United States

It's interesting how he adopted this "serious" look when you were ready to take the picture. It is a fine, serious portrait.

15 Sep 2010 2:36pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb portrait !

15 Sep 2010 2:49pm

tataray from france, France

Magnifique !.... ))

15 Sep 2010 3:13pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

great portrait .

15 Sep 2010 4:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A superb portrait of this fellow. I know people, also, who freeze in front of the lens.

15 Sep 2010 5:09pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes I agree with Steve - this poor fellow probably freezes at the rare occasion (possibly) when someone photographs him. - perhaps almost never! Sort of a form of "stage fright," one might say...You did a great job here Sunder!!!

15 Sep 2010 6:02pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


15 Sep 2010 6:21pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Yes lovely despite being self concious

15 Sep 2010 6:36pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Intense and fantastic

15 Sep 2010 6:41pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

So well worth uploading is a great shot of him even if for whatever reason he chooses a very serious look in front of the camera

15 Sep 2010 6:56pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Realy great monochrome

15 Sep 2010 6:57pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Excellent portrait.

15 Sep 2010 7:36pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

those eyes contain a lot of sadness?

15 Sep 2010 8:07pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Do you think he was angry with having his picture taken..? His expression speaks volumes. An excellent capture of the street vendor.

15 Sep 2010 8:11pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Gorgeous face Sunder! Awesome expression and eyes that attracted our hard! Best regards. Adela

15 Sep 2010 8:12pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice portrait

15 Sep 2010 8:28pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Sunder,
It is an interesting face and excellent portrait. Have a nice evening and all the best. Thank you very much for all your nice comments. Sincerely Christel

15 Sep 2010 8:45pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

Look into my eyes...
Tell me what ya see,,
U don't see a damn thing,,
Cuz u can't relate to me!!

15 Sep 2010 8:49pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fascinating! I love the shot, great capture! But more even the fact that you tell us he is the most cheerful guy around, but looks so serious in this image!

15 Sep 2010 9:45pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

GREAT portrait. : ))

15 Sep 2010 9:47pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

His eyes go right through the heart of the camera's lens. A lot of emotion captured in this portrait.

15 Sep 2010 10:01pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Great portrait.

15 Sep 2010 10:02pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A very impressive portrait..beautiful tones!

15 Sep 2010 10:17pm

✿ Anina ✿ from New Zealand

A wonderful portrait! Beautiful lighting and detail. His eyes are my favorite part of this shot - so full of emotion. Very well captured.

15 Sep 2010 10:25pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

if it wasn't for your commentary, i would say that he has very sad eyes. wonderful tones

15 Sep 2010 10:38pm

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

wonderful portrait

15 Sep 2010 10:54pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

This guy has a really interesting face; lots of character.

16 Sep 2010 12:40am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

yeah and your words worth reading indeed !

thank you for adding me to your blog watch

16 Sep 2010 4:42am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Oh yes. So many people do that when the camera is raised in front of them, Sunder. Too self-conscious of something or other. I'm just glad he let you take his picture!

16 Sep 2010 4:43am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

good portrait!

16 Sep 2010 1:53pm

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Great portrait with so much feeling there !

16 Sep 2010 4:21pm

Sambandan from Chennai, India

It is a fine poetry from your camera ... great indeed !

16 Sep 2010 4:56pm

@Sambandan: Thanks,Dad..I am delighted that you like it....

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Excellent portrait.. he doesn't look very happy though. Did you ask him to pose?

16 Sep 2010 7:39pm

arneet from delhi, India

lovely portrait.......:)

17 Sep 2010 10:25am

Manola from Bassens, France

A beautiful portrait of this sir this your sepia is well to him!!!!

18 Sep 2010 4:30am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Wonderful portrait, lines, colors, tones ...
Touching old man

18 Sep 2010 5:57am