The Guardian of the Ancients

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    I found this daunting chap while trekking to northern India. We stopped to rest on the long road to Agra at a fairly imposing little structure on the side of the road. I was curious to see if I could find a drink or maybe a bit of food. As I approached, this guy stood out front.

    I was pretty sure he didn't speak English. We regarded one another for a bit. I tried to survey the authenticity of his weapon and the his circumspect agility. He examined at my anachronistic garb and camera for a bit. Then I gave him the international symbol for, "Can I take a photo?" He stiffened proudly in a pose. I took a quick shot, nodded, then passed by to see what he was guarding within.

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    1. @dnan 62 months ago | reply

      very nice shot. good documentation

    2. CharleneM50 62 months ago | reply

      he's a fascinating looking fellow...nice exposure!

    3. LizBallerPhotos 62 months ago | reply

      Almost looks like a Disney character out of central casting! Like the story too.

    4. scuba_dooba 62 months ago | reply

      A wonderful portrait with interesting commentary... almost a painting!
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    5. aa_just_thowt 62 months ago | reply

      A great portrait.
      I presume, at his age, he's more symbolic than a true guardian.

    6. iamguava - ไอแอมฝาหรั่ง 62 months ago | reply

      Great capture Trey. I am another who is wondering what you found inside :-)

    7. Ananda Niyogi 62 months ago | reply

      lovely tones...

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    8. Woody 50 62 months ago | reply

      Superb image.

    9. Meester Steve 62 months ago | reply

      This is the old-world version of the Walmart greeter! Seriously, though...the guy looks pretty worn down, but I bet even without the sword, he could kick most of our asses.

    10. ricardo* 62 months ago | reply

      nice picture!

    11. chris_rutkowski 62 months ago | reply

      Classic portrait and character study. First rate.

    12. The Sorry Shutter [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot.

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    13. Paul Raptis 62 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Very well composed!

    14. seasidedreamer 62 months ago | reply

      Very cool picture, he looks very intresting.

    15. Igor Alecsander 62 months ago | reply

      great portrait, firts quality !!!

    16. C O A C H 62 months ago | reply

      hhmmm... duct tape.

    17. darcega 62 months ago | reply

      wow, great shot

    18. ms2thdr 62 months ago | reply

      Really great! Love the pose and the expression. Great image as always

    19. Nouha_ 58 months ago | reply

      wonderful one :) <3

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