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I’m a semi-pro (mostly amateur) digital photographer with no formal training and no pretentious philosophies. Just a passion for picking up the camera and roaming the landscape of urban spaces. These are the faces of intriguing men I've met along the way.
Cleveland, OH (October 2007)
copyright: Aaron Douglas
These images are probably some of my favorite portraits I’ve ever shot. So much so that I’m considering having them framed for my personal collection. A few years ago a young man by the name of Will contacted me online to inquire about shooting with me. He was a friend of one of my other models and was somewhat familiar with my work.
After a few brief email exchanges I invited Will over to my studio to discuss the possibilities of a shoot. Though he wasn’t prepared to be photographed that day, I was so compelled by his incredibly beautiful face that I couldn’t resist asking him for a few head shots. I remember him being a little hesitant at first, because he felt he needed a shave and his cornrows weren’t fresh and tight. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this case I was the beholder and when I’m moved to behold beauty, I don’t get too caught up in tiny details.
As you know by now, I just love having people in front of my lens. When a complete stranger allows me to snap a picture of him a rush of adrenaline shoots through my body, and I am overcome with a euphoric sensation. That’s how I felt when Charles, a Cleveland public transit operator, allowed me to take this picture of him. I was taking a walk on a Sunday afternoon when I spotted him sitting at a bus stop. His bus route was on layover and he was on his break. The time of day was right, the sun was hitting his face just so, and he was a willing subject. It couldn’t have been a more perfect scenario. What captivated me about him was the certain sensitivity I detected in his eyes.
These portraits were taken in 2008. Interestingly, I spotted Charles just recently on the train where he is still an RTA operator. I regret that I didn’t say hi.