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The Smiling Sage by lorrainemd The Smiling Sage by lorrainemd
While visiting a temple in Vietnam, I caught a glance of this man, teaching, praying and smiling all the while, despite goofy tourists everywhere. The power of a smile is almost unparalled.

I know that most people do not really appreciate this type work on DA (i hope more people subit photojournalism), but i would like people to get a chance to see some of my street portraiture...i think it is the most profound type of opens the mind to the similarities in people.

Thank you.
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Ice-wolf-elemental Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow the moment you capture in your photography is simply breathtaking. I've just finished going through your gallery and I think your photos are simply amazing. My personally favorites are the pictures you took when you where in Vietnam. I'm pretty much drawn speechless when I look at them. You have a wonderful eye, and I just like to say thanks for sharing your photos on here. They are truly wonderful. 
eidie Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
classic love this shoot
pixiliebe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
there is not much more deviant today than the truth and a smile....
sayuki-dawn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
I must confess.
Photojournalism doesn't really appeal to me
But this one sure caught my eye.
astritn6 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You've been featured at "99 men" in [link] :thanks:
astritn6 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You've been featured at "99 men" in [link] :thanks:
The-Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Student Photographer
Great. I love his big grin. :D Very nice shot!
muawwaz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
I am using ur picture on my blog.

katagana Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
It is apparent to me is that the modest live the happiest...
inarasera Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
This is so warm and happy!! instant fav! :rose:
puka23 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
looks like he knows the true meening of happyness
drewbob Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
I know that most people do not really appreciate this type work on DA

its awsome, you make it appreciable
Ouylle Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2006
This pic is realy great but I'd have included his right leg and bottom of the stick in the frame. Need I say that the expression you've captured is excellent ?
CapitanSuat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
cool :)
tkangie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
I would love to see more of your journalistic photography. This portrait is fantastic.
webel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2005   Photographer

Do you get any kind of 'model release' when you take candid street portraits or is this unneccessary?

I'm just wondering because I also love this genre, but I have been reading alot lately on (mostly US based) bulletin boards about the necessity of a model release.

khanhfat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2005
I realized that old man should be from Vietnam. Cause i'm Vietnamese. nice shots. In Vietnam there're alot of great things to take pictures of.
mouseonmeds Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005   Photographer
I love this, and I love photojournalism. I'm really getting into it too, but it does take a certain amount of gutts and attitude which I just don't have. Most of my friends hate cameras, so I just don't have the front to go around taking photos of people, perhaps if I did I'd end up with something like this......
Really beautiful :clap:
aladyx Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bravo! I, too would like to see much more photojounalism on DA. Are you looking at it as a career? I'm going to accept your invitation to view your street shots.
LasVegaz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
great picture! :)
a-tomy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
what a amazing deviation. very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
zhoumlh Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
think it looks really ... inspirational ..
Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner May 13, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that is such a wonderful capture!
The life behind that smile, that face.
There are a million other worlds outside my door and this photo is the closest that I'll get to this dear old mans! :)
dannishez Featured By Owner May 12, 2005
To me, this picture emobodies everything photography stands for. It's absolutely beautiful. The mood, the light, the sepia... it all works so perfectly. Well done! And thankyou so much for sharing! :D
Tensuke Featured By Owner May 11, 2005
sorry j/k
lol great shot! i like the angle, great smile too!
superbly done enjoi urself
MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2005  Professional General Artist
Such a heart-warming shot! And that's a pretty impressive walking stick he has there...I wonder if there's not a little magic in it, hmm? :)
photoart1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005   Photographer
Brilliant and good to see candid stuff along with your other fine work.
DaliaAmara Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2005
You captured a great moment, the expression on his face makes me smile.
vietkatthroughlense Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2005
i love this kind of picture. and where in Viet Nam is this? It looks like it was taken from the North.
Tridelvior Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2004
oh wow..thats an incredible shot.
whitestone Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Great capture as always and I agree with you on your comment
Inspired-Brunette Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2004   Traditional Artist
This photo is so portrays real life. The man's smile is so inspiring...
jugloneb3ta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2004   Photographer
this guy looks great...the photograph is great too.
BattyBones Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2004
270 favorites already. So i guess there are a lot of people who do appreciate this kind of work! That makes 271 favourites now...
sushiko Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Wow. I love this guy's expression: he looks so happy. The tone and lighting of the photo are great too, really showing this man in the best possible way.
Maddhattrrr Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2004
even Sages need some cool shades when it is bright outside...damn why can't i get my goatee that long...
shadowNinja Featured By Owner May 20, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I dont see too much of this type of photography in DA either... shame.
this is a very special photo. this little old man has probably been through so much shit in his life, and he still manages to sit there amongs all the stangers and smile like that. what a man.
Sakuzha Featured By Owner May 1, 2004
he looks friendly....he really looks like he's enjoying life, and his smile makes you smile...i really like this kind of photos where you can capture someones emotions....really good...
bres Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2004
great capture , would love to visit there myself also :)
orleck Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004   Photographer
Would you be willing to make this a print? I'd love to see him smiling on my wall... would lift me higher everyday, take care.
orleck Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004   Photographer
Deffinately a very warm picture... i feel ashamed of myself when i think of the rest of the world... I really can not complain... This picture inspires me to be better.

Goofy is a fantastic word btw! take care.
mrk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
the sepia fits it greatly, reminds me of Nam and how film and media portray it as a whole.

The Old man fits the scene nicely, his smile as you say is all on it's own, it deserves to be photographed and it deserves a worthy comment
Gregos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic ! I love the expression of this old man... Please, submit more of these :)
armoniman13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2004
Wonderful shot, a definite favorite of mine, perhaps one of the best I have seen so far.
It brings a quote that I'm not sure of the wording but it goes something like, " Wise is the man who can remain content amist a world of stupidity." and what you said about him just smiling even among the "goofy tourists" as you so aptly put it. Beautiful :bow:
mgb Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2004
this is a great capture.. i simply love this type of shots!!
like the tones a lot!! :clap:
radio9x Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2004
vampyr79 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Wow you have some truly fantastic work here ...
sinajahn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2004
i would like to applaud your picture but
your words have touched me even more.
your honesty is brilliant and yes,
more photojournalism,
is needed
on DA.
hapa-haole Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2004
this is beautiful. i love the glasses in his hand. you really caught emotion here. and something else i can't pinpoint. like, this really looks like you just took a perfect moment in time and froze it. :)
destroyer-ak Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2004
What a great capture. The smile on his face is priceless. I love the tone and the feel of this image. Awesome.
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December 27, 2003
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot G2
Shutter Speed
1/15 second
Focal Length
21 mm
Date Taken
Mar 11, 2003, 2:58:53 AM