Cross-cultural Affirmation with the Eyes

Category: People


Photo and caption by Scot Proctor

I had been looking at this man for some time near this ancient church and palace on top of Mount Entoto above Addis Ababa. I was trying to build some trust and overcome his shyness. We finally made eye contact and I raised my eyebrows slightly with a nod and then raised my telephoto lens slightly. I was asking him in "International Body Language"--"May I take your picture?" He agreed. His face is magnificent. His tattered coat bespoke his poverty. His kindness, experience and natural intelligence could not be hidden.

Location: Mount Entoto, near Ankober Palace above Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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