Alone and Dejected in a Strange Place

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    I sensed a profound sadness in him. He was totally alone, seemingly waiting there for someone or something. I'll never forget it.

    His name was Marzouq. He was nice and solemn. As we talked I certainly felt an emptiness there with him. I'm not sure what it was, but it was like there was something wholly unrealized in his life. While we talked, he looked at me strangely at times, a look of not knowing what to think of me and accepting me at the same time. It was comforting, and he was nice to talk to. He created the distinct impression that he was thinking about my questions before answering.

    We were there, totally alone, in an unexpected rear corner of a Moghul monument. I always like to go around the backside and try to see the things that are not obvious.

    After sitting to rest and talking a bit, he motioned behind him with a quick glance and raised eyebrows, and said cheerfully, "Want to see the bats?"

    I said, "Are you kidding? Let's go."

    Marzouq ducked down about ten feet from a smallish door with hard black shadows shooting inside. He began a near crab walk even while approaching the tiny door. I ducked my head too, which felt strange in the open air. Maybe he was afraid of bats streaming out, which I suddenly realized, causing me to duck down a little more than him.

    He made little grunting sounds and kept waving his hand to the side for me to follow. After entering the door, a short walk, and a few turns, we ended up in what felt like a chamber. It could have been darker in there, but I don't know how. He grunted in a way like "watch this" and he flipped on a flashlight, shining it up into the half-domed room. There were hundreds of bats hanging there, totally silent. It was eerie as heck. I set up my camera but it was way too dark even with a slow shutter speed... and I didn't feel like light-painting with the flashlight because I thought it might look stupid and not really capture the mood anyway. We sat in there for a while handing the flashlight back and forth and making little grunt sounds. It was very strange, but entirely delightful.

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    1. Robert Loerzel 75 months ago | reply

      Terrific portrait. Great story, too.

    2. lipjin 75 months ago | reply

      amazing portraiture! as usual:)

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    3. Verticordia ( . . . ) 75 months ago | reply

      What was the floor like? Wonderful portrait.

    4. Sunneschii 75 months ago | reply

      Beautiful portrait....
      (is that a power cable going over that beautiful wall?)

    5. shotzy 75 months ago | reply

      Powerful image.
      Your information adds so much.

    6. Sutheshnathan 75 months ago | reply

      Your pictures are powerful and so it your penmanship.

      Landscape_KLCC @ Morning

    7. Cheryl Lynn (sunnysideup79) 75 months ago | reply

      Incredible story and a fantastic portrait! Thanks for sharing =)

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    8. Mina'sPhotos 75 months ago | reply

      I loved the story behind each of your photographs.... It makes your photographs even more interesting. thank you for sharing these wonderful moments with us.

    9. Mina'sPhotos 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Non-Profit Use (Free), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. Sir Cam 75 months ago | reply

      wonderful portrait work! great pp!

    11. bapriver2009 75 months ago | reply

      Excellant photo, but, wasn't it a little scary ?

    12. rasika.mhamunkar 75 months ago | reply

      So thats a face of rural INDIA

    13. John F Hark 75 months ago | reply

      Excellent excellent portrait! It really tells a story.

    14. Dak Rantau 75 months ago | reply

      thanx for sharing! if you publish a book, pls let us know!

    15. Gilderic Photography 74 months ago | reply

      It's a great portrait !

    16. Hypercubers 60 months ago | reply

      This is increible Trey, first time I've gone through your portraits and I'd've never imagined finding such delightfull things, you should do some more of these now a days. they are very good and would be a good "dressing" to your scenic HDR daily awesomeness in the blog.

    17. faroalma [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

      So sweet :3, brilliant portrait !

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