Readers’ photos

Today we feature not wildlife photos but portraits, as I’ve expanded the “Readers’ Photos” genre to include good photos from all genres. If you have some (and remember, good ones), send them in.

Today’s photographer is Joe Routon, whose captions are indented.

Just thought I’d send a few of my many pictures of people I’ve photographed on our trips—my wife and I have been to over 50 countries. If you don’t think your readers would be interested, that’s fine—you don’t have to use them.

I got permission from each of these to take the photo and to exhibit it. In the case of the children, I got permission from the parents. I’ve had several photo exhibitions of people from other countries.

A portrait painter, I’ve always been fascinated by the human face, and one of my favorite things to do is take photographs of people, especially in foreign countries. These are mostly of people I’ve met on the street. I usually stop to chat with anyone I see with an interesting face or clothing and then ask if I can take a photo or two.   © 2019 Joseph Routon

My camera is the Nikon D610 with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Always handheld and available light.

A man in Morocco:

A girl in India:

A young Buddhist monk in Myanmar:

A sculptor of Buddhas in Myanmar:

A man in India:

A young girl in India:

India:

Myanmar version of the child car seat:

A Gypsy Roma in Serbia:

A young girl in Myanmar:
A folk dancer in Estonia:

Joe also sent a photo of a magazine cover, which he said was  “my photograph of Manarola, Italy, that appeared on the cover of the June 2008 issue of Budget Travel Magazine.”

 

 

 

32 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    W O W

    These are beautiful! So much character- the expression…

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      Meaning expressiveness of the photographic composition – not facial expression although that is a fact.

  2. amyt
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning photos!

  3. Claudia Baker
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    ! Gorgeous photos

  4. Terry Sheldon
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Fabulous work! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. daniaq
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Wow! Impressive indeed!

  6. boudiccadylis
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    The photography is fantastic. My favorite pictures are the Moroccan and the Indian man. There is so much movement in these pictures. Wonderful drawing opportunities.

  7. Ruthann Richards
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Absolutely lovely photos–please continue this series. It could alternate with the “reader of the day” photos (to be continued as material arrives) and photos of people from all over the world.

    And not all the kitties were present yesterday: no photo of Mietek!

  8. jezgrove
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Excellent portraits, and the magazine cover was brilliant, too.

  9. uommibatto
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Extraordinary photos!

  10. Posted July 28, 2020 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Lovely portraits.

  11. Posted July 28, 2020 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Beautiful compositions Joe! I love the elderly Indian man whose facial lines seem to continue onto the fabric around his countenance. You have a special way of capturing the beauty of the the human face and the indomitable spirit of the human race.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted July 28, 2020 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos Joe. I can only echo what Art has said. In particular I spent quite a while looking at the elderly Indian man. Beautiful.

  12. AndyW
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Wonderful photos! I’m very impressed and really enjoyed these.

  13. Frank Bath
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous portraits. Aren’t people beautiful.

  14. merilee
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Beautiful!

  15. Steve Gerrard
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Very nice. There is a bit of National Geographic in those pictures.

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 28, 2020 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing.

  16. rickflick
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Direct gaze into the lens. Well done.

  17. jhs
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Beautiful!

  18. Posted July 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Breathtaking. The Buddha sculptor is me.

  19. ivarhusa
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I shall contribute more bird and insect photos when I learn where (email) to send them. (I used to have your/Jerry’s email.) ivar@pocketinet.com

  20. Mark R.
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    These are terrific…is there a reason one is B&W and the rest are color? Maybe you turn them into B&W and see if you like the portrait more that way?

    • Joe Routon
      Posted July 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Mark, thank you for your comment. In the case of the man whose photo is black and white, I removed the color because I felt that simplifying it would help focus on the man’s emotional state.

      • Posted July 28, 2020 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

        Your work is exquisite, Joe! Thanks for sharing them with us. I know I’d love to see more.

        Do you ever note down your subjects’ addresses, as a way to send them a printed photo of themselves? I find that people of little means or with limited access to such things are usually very thrilled to get a quality portrait of themselves. Of course this would be difficult to accomplish with homeless people.

        • Joe Routon
          Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

          Mark, when it’s possible I do send a photo to anyone who graciously allows me to take a picture. Of course, it’s a lot easier to send now that we have the internet. I’ve even become Facebook friends with several of those I’ve photographed.

        • Joe Routon
          Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

          When it’s possible I do send a photo to anyone who graciously allows me to take a picture. Of course, it’s a lot easier to send now that we have the internet. I’ve even become Facebook friends with several of those I’ve photographed.

          • Posted July 29, 2020 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

            That’s wonderful to know. Your work is stupendous, and I think anyone would be honoured to have a portrait taken by you.

      • Mark R.
        Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the info, yes, that particular photo is very dramatic.

  21. David Fuqua
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Really great pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  22. James
    Posted July 29, 2020 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m thoroughly impressed. Joseph Routon is a pro. This is National Geographic quality.

    • Joe Routon
      Posted July 29, 2020 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, James. Amidst all the turmoil in the world today, trying to capture “on film” the character and emotions in people’s faces helps to keep me sane.


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