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Entry no.: 718

15 Feb 2009, 2:12 PM

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Photography This is the picture I took

Old man in Singapore back alley, Cristian -Kit- Paul, Singapore, 2009.

Old man in back alley, Cristian 'Kit' Paul, Singapore, 2009.

Right in the middle of the alley—one of those aseptic Singapore back alleys—this gaunt old man was dozing in a wheelchair, feet down on the ground and looking rather comfortable. Maybe the chair was not his, then again, maybe it was. Silence so deep I could hear the doves behind him stepping quickly on the asphalt—also he could hear me sneaking closer.

I could only take one picture before he opened his eyes, looking at me without the slightest move.

Hands down, I bowed my head toward him, in a sudden sense of gratitude, apology and obligation.

With the understated grace of a reigning prince he acknowledged my deference with a nod and a slow blink, then—almost dismissively—he closed his eyes again. I immediately left, careful not to break the silence. I left him with the doves, on that patch of indecipherable serenity.

This is the picture I took.


Reply no.: 1

17 Feb 2009, 2:55 PM


Brilliant picture, Kit! No further explanation needed!

Reply no.: 2

17 Feb 2009, 4:43 PM


Glad you like it. It was a special moment for me—that's what I wanted to share here.

Reply no.: 3

17 Feb 2009, 5:24 PM


Oh, I was in a hurry. Let me rephrase it: no further explanation needed [from my part, since I really like it]. The caption/statement you wrote unde the pic is really kind and it also showed that you do care for the subject ;)

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