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"Intense."

While strolling about on the streets of Hyderabad, India, one evening, I saw light glistening through the white hair of a tall, dark, and fairly slim beggar. He had the appearance of a wise old sage without life in his favour.

I felt a strong sense of composition. Not wanting to lose the opportunity, I paced down the street. A quick grab at the camera, turns of a few dials here and there, and about 5 yards later, I positioned myself to compose a picture of the man while he went about begging for alms eventually halting at a traffic signal peering through the windshield into a vehicle.

The man inside the vehicle saw me aiming my camera at the beggar, which caused the beggar to turn toward me. Fortunately for me, he was surprised, nervous, and motionless for a few seconds. That is when all of this man's anguish and intensity was captured forever in a single frozen moment of time.

I have learned a few things while working on this photograph. Trust your gut. Make a composition and wait patiently for life flow into it. And most importantly, that even beggars have stories hidden behind their eyes.

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