Connecting In a Foreign Land

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedOctober 24, 2008
TakenApril 11, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/250 sec at f/10
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length55 mm
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The posture of this Italian man and his look of contentment brought back childhood memories of my maternal grandfather: the smell of Old Spice mixed with his favorite pipe tobacco; holding his big hand as we strolled in our Chicago neighborhood; the look of contentment on his face when he watered the flowers my grandmother had planted. The moments of connecting with a stranger in a foreign land help me deal the downside of my nomadic lifestyle, including long separations from family and friends, times of isolation, and lack of a strong lasting bond with a community.

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  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2008):

    Like this, we never know what people are thinking, love your colors here too...

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (27 Oct 2008):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (29 Oct 2008):

    Nice photo, you captured the look of contentment very well. I like what you wrote! A nomadic lifestyle can be fun and interesting, but like you pointed out, it does have a downside. Keep on taking great photos, I am sure that helps you to connect to what place you are in at the time and we love to travel vicariously through your travels and excellent photos :-)

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    Thanks everyone. Your comments are much appreciated. Ann, you're right about connecting with where I'm presently at through photography. Means a lot to me to share these places with all of you.

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