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Yemen - One of the most important tribesleader of the area of Manakha with his inseparable "kalashnikov" and the "jiambiya", the typical bent dagger which every man holds in his belt. It is extremely rare that a tribesleader agrees to pose for a photo
Nikon F5, Nikkor 35-70mm, Fujichrome Velvia
A little strangeness... try to cover alternatively the left and the right side of the face: you can see two extremely different expressions.
@Anastasya, its all about money
...russia produces "only" a few thousand a year. these days most of the kalashnikovs are made in bulgaria. a bulgarian weapons-maker has won a contract with, well... the us. and we are talking about tens of thousands here......
they use them for the new iraqi army.
more than 15 countries manufacture the weapon, including poland, hungary, north korea, cuba, india and egypt....
certainly not only arabs use them. it is one of the most reliable rifles and, sadly, it is claimed they can kill with fewer shots in close combat situations.
just a statement. i am certainly not a fan of weapons.
It always dangerous talking to someone with a gun equipped...it's really something that you managed to let him posed for your picturing without his further suspicsion, very nice work by the way.
I guess it's the most famous one of our import goods of our country but oh yes not knowing meantime however who actually sell these weapons to regions of other places... I know there are some big military factories in New Siberia they too launch themselves big production for countries in Africa or...former Yugoslavia...etc...combat groups or countries can purchase their needs here, hmm...such as tanks, armour personal carriers...small arms...
hmm...It seems most Eastern European countries are still in operation with their own old Soviet military productions...
Well actually guns are cheap here too, as long as with licenses (for hunting...etc) everyone can have gun too just like in America, especially in Central Russia here.
There are two AKs in my home...still in the warehouse I think and I even know how to use it; hmm... maybe it can kill a person truly in fewer shots, I don't know, never try it before... It works pretty bad while repeating firing and hardly hit something accurately...
Thanks for your explanation! :)
Great portrait in a very special situation...
I would like to visit Yemen, but for the moment I prefer visiting Oman. It's a little safer, but not less interesting.
Hope to show you some good pictures in a few weeks.
Well, what can one say? Just when we think that even Sergio cannot improve on the images he has posted recently, he presents us with this. Truely, these images are an inspiration. It must have been one thing to get this "leader of men" to allow you to capture his image, quite another to do it so well. Top shot my friend..How do you follow this one. It is a very keen eye that observes those two different expressions too..Cheers..Rob
Alarming looking person. How dared you take this picture. I should have passed the man on a great distance. brave man you are Sergio. What is that sign on his forehead? A scar? Nevertheless, a superb partrait!
What an amazing shot! Sergio, you're full of surprises - this looks like a studio pic; the lighting is superb;-) You're right about the 2 sides of the face - I think the left side has a crooked eye... pro
A great shot - detail and colour appears studio perfect .. maybe as a straight on portrait with no added interest I will not see it as good as some of your others Sergio .. but that would still leave it around the top level on this site. Regards, Paul.
I can definately see the split personality shown in the face - although faces are commonly very different on different halves I would say that it does carry more importance considering he carries a gun .. friendly protector, deadly warrior ?? Well seen Serg.
excellent portrait image
I like his cool facial expression although having that killing tool as a power in his hands
Indeed you were very brave to take that image from him, otherwise you could be arreated as a spy for Isreal !