The sign on the umbrella coupled with this young black man with his head on his hands seems to send a contemporary message.
I think it’s the simple background, the cigarette, and the black clothes that makes this a “keeper”. (Not to mention the fact that this guy looks like a model.)
Walking city streets as much as I do, helps me to see interesting faces more cleary. I passed this man on Charles Street early this morning. He was sitting quietly with his hands folded, in a very relaxed pose. However his eyes told a very different story.
There’s a lot that could be said about the symbolism of this photograph, but I’ll leave it to you.
There’s a book out called “Zen Camera” that I just ordered. It links mindful thinking with photography. This image is my first under the influence of that book. It’s a feeble attempt to question what’s the real subject of this photograph. How about the lock on the chain?