On 13 February 2011, in People, by Petra

Picture of Damien, owner of Trinity Barbers, with his back towards a mirror where you can see his back and his employee.
It’s not very often that I take pictures of people. And I don’t know exactly why, as they usually feel comfortable with me taking their picture and I’m usually quite happy with the results. So I suppose it’s just something I should do more often.
This pictures was taken last Thursday on another photowalk, this time a night walk down Grafton Street and towards the Central Bank in Dublin. I was taking a picture of the barber shop sign (which actually didn’t turn out the way I was hoping) when Damien, the owner, came back to his shop and offered me to take a picture inside and of him. I obviously was a bit irritated but nonetheless nosy so I did and ended up with this picture I’m quite happy with.


9 Responses to Damien

  1. aafke says:

    A pleasure to look at. Damien looks happy enough and you should indeed be quite happy with this too.

  2. Paul Timon says:

    I would be very happy as well if I had taken that shot. I find it difficult enough to take photos ‘on location’ without the pressure of the owner’s challenge.

  3. Nice portrait. A man and his environment.

  4. Diana says:

    He looks comfortable enough :-) I like the portrait, well done.

    I see something else in that picture, too, which has to do with past, present and future… See the young man on the right in the background? And then there is the reflection of Damien on the left. We can only see him from behind because we’re not there yet to see what is coming.

    Oh my, I’m getting carried away now… :-)

    • Petra says:

      Funny. I did see the reflections when I took the picture and was glad to get them, but didn’t think that far…Interesting thoughts though.

  5. Petra says:

    Thanks for all the comments! Glad to see you like it too :-)

  6. Petra says:

    Excellent picture! He looks like someone who’s always had a pretty good idea of who he is. Lovely to catch that in a person’s face… (By the way, I’m sure you weren’t “irritated”, which means annoyed; I guess “puzzled” or “startled” or perhaps “taken aback”?

    • Petra says:

      Thank you, Petra! True, even though I met him only for a few minutes I got that impression too. I think what puzzled me too was how keen he was to have his picture taken without asking where it will end up. Oh, an irritated might have been a 1:1 translation by me, but Leo actually says it does mean “irritiert” too. But suppose I should translate that differently in future :-)

  7. Very good shot Petra and a story to match. Well done.

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