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Visual Contract

I do not speak many languages—barely get by in English—but I can pantomime like gangbusters.

I saw this guy and indicated me, him, camera, okay?

He nodded yes, smiled, and I started to shoot. He then raised the brush in that wonderful gesture.

Two things went on in my mind: first, he’s going to shake the brush and I’m going to get a face full of yellow; second thing, I’ve got to get that gesture no matter what.

Mission accomplished.

He didn’t shake it, just smiled and walked away.

These are the gifts, the momentary elusive moves that people make.

You have to be ready to shoot at all times.

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Man with Brush, Sudan

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