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Each day he would come to town to have a coffee at his old friends Taverna by the harbour. It was a long walk, but the exercise did him good and the company when he arrived was worth the effort. He and the taverna's owner had been friends for a long while and it was good to sit and reminisce about days gone past. Boredom was the enemy of retirement - the secret, or so he believed, was to stay active - both in the mind and the body. In his youth he had worked as a tour guide - not for tourists visiting Greece as one could be forgiven assuming, but rather for Greeks visiting Europe. He has fond memories of England during his work, and we spent a pleasant time comparing notes on Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. He asked about other places, and as we talked it occurred to me that it was ironic that this man had visited more places in my home country than I had. It had been a while, but his memory was good and his insight exceptional. As we got up to leave he reached down into his bag and produced a small bunch of bananas. He gave my wife two - and told her to savour them. These were the fruits of his current labours - grown on his own land not for profit but to help him stay active. He was retired, not dead.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF200mm f/2.8L II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Oct 2012 - 12:26 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Retired not dead
Username:sherlob sherlob
Uploaded:20 Jan 2013 - 12:22 PM
Tags:Black & white, Crete, Digitally manipulated, Greece, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
Votes:13

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lgc
lgc  1062 forum posts England
20 Jan 2013 - 12:29 PM

Nice portrait!

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1025 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 12:52 PM

Retired not dead, that's the motto for a lot of members here...
I like him, I could have a good conversation with him. As you were doing when you took this, I suspect. He's leaning in, there's rapport. That works for us the viewers too.
Moira

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42374 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
20 Jan 2013 - 6:44 PM

What a superb portrait - a lot of character in this face - very well captured by yourself. Interesting narrative and so very very true for a lot of people. Lou

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2013 - 6:42 PM

A fine portrait and good story with a strong message Adam
Regards Richard

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