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By roverfoxy9
Bernardo is my chess partner. We play every Saturday at 11am in the upstairs room at Mariano´s bar in the Spanish village where he has lived for 58 years. He is the youngest of 9 children, but only has 1 sibling who is still alive, an elderly sister who is very ill. His father was a Republican soldier in the Spanish civil war.

Tags: Spain Photo journalism Chess Old Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: Iain_Proudfoot, Ayelet_A, rosiebobo and 9 more

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Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
15 Nov 2008 3:30PM
What a fascinating character, fantastic image, very suitable for b\w.


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rosiebobo 9 4 1 England
15 Nov 2008 3:36PM
Lovely shot, interesting story...and agree the mono is perfect.
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
15 Nov 2008 3:43PM
Very good character chot.
Koert 9 36 Netherlands
15 Nov 2008 3:47PM
mono fits it well
astyag 10 12
15 Nov 2008 5:30PM
His face is really thoughtful in that game
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
15 Nov 2008 5:49PM
Great character shot. I like the way the shadows fall across the top of his head to break up the lighting.
roverfoxy9 14 278 Spain
15 Nov 2008 5:59PM
Thanks for all your comments. I might try a close-up next time to capture the fantastic ruggedness of his face, but today I wanted to get the chess board in, and not to be too intrusive, which is why I took my little 24mm.
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
15 Nov 2008 7:27PM
Love the tense expression. He looks as though he has you in a tight corner and is daring you to move. Andy
roverfoxy9 14 278 Spain
16 Nov 2008 7:05AM
I agree about the tense expression, I much prefer this one to the smiling one I uploaded this morning. Thanks for commenting.

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