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Men Without Women...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 9 February 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

There is no lonelier man than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
~Ernest Hemingway

NIKON D5000 1/20 second F/5.6 ISO 200 200 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.


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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

This portrait lives together with the beautiful words. 5*****

9 Feb 2011 5:33am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Hemingway's words and your image are interwoven with emotional heft in this wonderful post... yet another reason to treasure our time with the women who love us, as much as we treasure them.

9 Feb 2011 5:47am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A sad world for this fellow without doubt. An amazing portrait.

9 Feb 2011 6:01am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The light is amazing. I love the detail of his hair as the back lighting works so well and gives a nice warmth.

9 Feb 2011 6:19am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Usually it is the other way around, Pavan...women without men in their older years. We have a few of these men at our senior apartment complex here in Holland. Some of them are having the time of their lives. :) Some of them are maybe "free at last." :) (Sad but true.)

9 Feb 2011 6:21am

@Ginnie: Thank you Ginnie and I know what you mean, but those are not the guys I am likely to photograph:)

Yvon from Orleans, France

great portrait

9 Feb 2011 6:23am

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

sad and beautiful!

9 Feb 2011 6:47am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

You've captured his sad soul

9 Feb 2011 7:19am

Anna Kristina from Stockholm, Sweden

This is a great portrait!

9 Feb 2011 7:37am

@Anna Kristina: Thank you Anna:)

Elsaxelle from France

Une douce tristesse...

9 Feb 2011 7:43am

k@ from Paris, France

The sweet touch of salmonesque color in his back seems to glow as the souvenir of his sweet love as he clenches his hands together in a tired prayer & lets the movie of their life pass by in his mind. Very touching. To outlive is the hardest thing (says the great-child of Armenian that i am... ;) To outlive is to realize how we must drive our own life with inner strengh and relax knowing what have been lovely lived will never die and that life, as long we're aboard its train, has new moments to offer. I love the tone & general softness here, despite the sadness.

9 Feb 2011 7:58am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

I like the attitude you've captured out of this old man, great mood.

9 Feb 2011 8:08am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing..Lost in his own world...Great.

9 Feb 2011 8:44am

anne fleurent from Bois-le-roi, France

I totally aggree with the comment of Karine ( k@ )
so sad, strong and weak at the same time man
his eyes are so deep
great picture that I love, Pavan

9 Feb 2011 8:49am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like the light on this beautiful portrait

9 Feb 2011 9:22am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Adorable grandfather ... I love their faces patients ... furrowed with wrinkles. life written on them. Sweet and serene expression. Hands clasped in front of his face ... admirable. A fotrografia that has now befallen me! Ecocación of my grandparents lost long ago ... but were indispensable in my first years of life. Never forget their faces ... Thanks friend for this wonderful memory! A hug, Adela

9 Feb 2011 9:46am

larans from Lund, Sweden

The soft tone really emphasizes the sadness in your "story". A wonderful portrait, despite his sorrow, wich one really can feel in this marvellous capture.

9 Feb 2011 10:22am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of nature Canada &, United Kingdom

It's a conversation I have had with so many people during my life, that we men are simply not equipped mentally and emotionally to live on when our partner has passed away, whereas women have an inner strength and resolve, perhaps even a certain dignity that finds them more able to do so. Mt H is bang on the money, for ultimately a broken heart will always prevail. This is an incredible detailed and subtle frame, a portrait at 200mm from an eye with a flair and vision, a love for photography that shines through in each and every pixel. Viewers to this amazing website would do well to study and learn from the technique and artistry of a man who loves what he does and so consistently delivers the most in depth, emotionally charged and fascinating photographs.


Pure brilliance Pavan, the art of photography and the kindness of a truly enlightened soul that I hope others fully apreciated as much as I.

9 Feb 2011 11:26am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

excellent portrait.bien vu!!

9 Feb 2011 11:36am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A very thoughtful portrait - the look in his eyes is very moving here.

9 Feb 2011 11:44am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Pas évident en contre-jour total, mais tu t'en sors très bien.
Félicitations.

9 Feb 2011 11:53am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

That's sad...

9 Feb 2011 12:05pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice expression.

9 Feb 2011 12:07pm

Journey Photographic from Australia

So very true - and equally true the other way around.

9 Feb 2011 12:11pm

Marcie from United States

Wonderful portrait. Love the light in this one.

9 Feb 2011 12:51pm

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

I think it's sad to oulive those we have loved ... Beautiful portrait , trully beautiful.

9 Feb 2011 1:17pm

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Very beautiful portrait... and sad words...

9 Feb 2011 1:25pm

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

I am alone as this man... Alone...

9 Feb 2011 1:49pm

Jyoti from Mumbai, India

superb portrait...

9 Feb 2011 2:41pm

@Jyoti: Thanks Jyoti!

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

This backlight is the most perfect way to have taken this picture
of this man lost in his thought. Perfect photo.

9 Feb 2011 3:09pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful portrait. He is alone and sad ...This is one of your best presentation, Pavan. The picture and words are excellent !!!
I share the views of SOUL AFLAME ... Thanks my friend ... :)

9 Feb 2011 3:15pm

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

in spite of the backlight ,you have found the meaning to realise an excellent portrait,full of details,and in spite of the death of someone we love,we have to find the meaning to succeess the end of our own life.

9 Feb 2011 4:19pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice capture of this old man lost in his thought.

9 Feb 2011 5:31pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

The brilliance of Pavan Kaul. Compelling, thought provoking portrait.

9 Feb 2011 6:13pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent exprssion catching and lighting

9 Feb 2011 6:32pm

jeanne from près de marseille, France

belle figure d'homme

9 Feb 2011 7:27pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful light in this portrait !
friendships !

9 Feb 2011 8:27pm

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

"Over time ...
As time goes, everything goes
We forget the faces and forget the voice
The heart when it beats, it's not worth going
Look further, you must leave it and that's fine

Over time ...
As time goes, everything goes
The other we liked, we sought in the rain
The other one could guess the turning of a light
Between words, between the lines and under the shadow
On the oath that it goes to sleep
Over time, everything disappears"

Over time by Léo Ferré

Pavan can know from personal experience! even without being old ....

9 Feb 2011 9:33pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

That's just what I was saying (Hemingway). Seeing my mother suffer now, I sometimes wonder what's the better way. Alone, so you don't have that loss at the end? I know that's the cowardly way out, and I don't really believe that. And Shakespeare says, "It's better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all". And Hemingway was a terrible drunk. So there. Who knows. :P Beautiful shot!

9 Feb 2011 9:54pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

A very thoughtful photograph but he has such personality I wish it was a bit lighter.

9 Feb 2011 11:45pm

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Hi Pavan , I was overseas for 2 weeks , now I'm here and I missed you a lot .
Lovely light on his hair and why not ?
he seems peacefull !!
I will comeback ...

10 Feb 2011 8:42am

fulgent from la roche sur yon, France

call the reflexion

10 Feb 2011 11:37am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

That's right! this portrait is strong expression...

10 Feb 2011 11:47am

Hediyeh from Tehran, Iran

thoughtful man... & wonderful portrait !

10 Feb 2011 1:44pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

A great portrait of the loneliness. Awesome.

10 Feb 2011 3:32pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

So real, so touching, so sad... Powerful portraiture of the mood of a good man outliving his wife! If his wife saw this, she would be heartbroken; if she were given to decide, she would have chosen to be the one to outlive...

10 Feb 2011 3:32pm

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

A very strong portrait and is highly expressive! Congrats.

10 Feb 2011 4:25pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

Men without Women is one of my favorite Hemingway Books, with the Undefeated being my favorite story. Superb portrait with that fantastic caption

10 Feb 2011 5:18pm

@Krunal: Thanks Krunal. I was hoping someone would make the connect between title, picture and quote. I have been a fan of Papa Hemingway since my teens too!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very beautiful portrait Pavan ! The lightning is superb. Have a lovely day :)

10 Feb 2011 5:49pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

songeur ! a beautiful portrait.

10 Feb 2011 5:52pm

Antoine from France

Superb portrait photo with a excellent framing. Have a great day Pavan. Amicalement Antoine.

10 Feb 2011 6:24pm

noel from Paris, France

Great portrait Pavan ,you played with light and shadow and you shooted on the right angle
nice job done :)

10 Feb 2011 6:39pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good potrait

10 Feb 2011 7:28pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Simple and so human that portrait ...

10 Feb 2011 8:43pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful capture

10 Feb 2011 10:21pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

fantastic portrait with great feelings!
his expression is very solem and meet perfectlely your quote with his hands crossed!
5*****!

10 Feb 2011 10:27pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Very really severe expression!

10 Feb 2011 10:37pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Excellent portrait! Nice capture of the expression...

11 Feb 2011 2:52am

Becky from los angeles, United States

what a beautiful portrait - expressive distance - touching and deep.

11 Feb 2011 4:15am

Kala from United States

Wonderful portrait - the light and tones are fabulous.

11 Feb 2011 4:40am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

sad story and emotional shot

11 Feb 2011 10:27am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent portrait shot ! Perfect for the accompanying quote, sad but true !

14 Feb 2011 3:05am

Nishana Minhaz from Calicut / Kochi, India

You are a true artist! With words as well as with pictures!

14 Feb 2011 8:20pm

@Nishana Minhaz: You are very generous Nishana...thank you:)

Sarah from Sydney, Australia

A man with memories - beautifully captured!

3 Mar 2011 5:27am

NIKON D5000
1/20 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
200 mm

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