This is wonderful. What a great comp. -- especially since it is a candid shot. Perfect timing on your part to have theses shadows and forms arranged perfectly in the frame.
I enjoyed the verse as well.
Definitely UA worthy shot.
This image (and your title and commentary) brought a smile to my face.
Very nice shot -- and you have the sharpest focus on his eye -- exactly where it should be for a portrait (of a person or a wise ol' owl).
I thought I recognized the works on the wall. For decades my brother-in-law, Bill Bachmann was an assistant to Avedon in NY City (until Avedon's death in 2004).
It has been fascinating keeping up with Avedon's work over the years.
A great image -- and an important lesson.
Growing up in Western New York State, my siblings and I encountered poison ivy all the time. I can tell you from personal experience -- you do NOT want to touch it.
Regardless of how one considers fishing as a pastime (silly or serious), this is a wonderfully composed image with nice, rich colors.
It stands alone to tell this man's story -- no narration needed. That makes it a UA worthy image.