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American Portraits: No. 15 by Nullermanden American Portraits: No. 15 by Nullermanden
May 8th, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

'John'


"Your greatest asset is your power to think." I met John in front of a building in downtown Boston, where he was sitting on a bench, minding his own business, when suddenly a rude Dane asked for his portrait - which he wouldn't give without a fight.

John asked me what on earth I would get out of a portrait of him. "No one wants to look at old people. They want something young, something fresh, something interesting! What else can I tell you..."

I told him that I found old people interesting. He didn't believe me.

"You certainly won't get rich off of photos of old people - no, one should consider going into fashion; that's where the money is! What else can I tell you..."

I was quick to tell him that I wasn't interested in money, but he cut me off;

"Liability and assets. That's what it's all about. You have to make sure you get more in, than what you put out there; invest in old photos! They will grow in value. And get some contacts in the fashion-industry. They make a lot of money, you know - you just need to know the right people."

I smiled and nodded.

"What else can I tell you..."


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:iconericganguly:
EricGanguly Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
wow
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:iconbennwik:
bennwik Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Wonderful portrait. Used it to practice drawing. Hope you do not mind. [link]
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Lifeoflalalauren Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
i like the textures of his skin a very good picture x
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Zell-zita Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
i love it!
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thegracelet Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
incredible.
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Seda04 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful portraits and detailing...
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vici0uslyr0tten Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is portrait is brilliant! I absolutely love his expression, the lighting, the contrast in tones. It's just so perfect!
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ArtWithASmile Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Powerful <3
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Ashixa Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Student Photographer
he really does look confused
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Lucy777 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
I love how there is a story of life, through his expression
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Azleas2 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OHHH MY STAAARS!! WHAT LENS DID YOU USE!!!!!?????????????
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:iconrin-uzuki:
Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So how did you manage to get his photo, after all? X3
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sapnastudio Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
this picture is like a palate of emotion....wonderful!
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Quatrefoil24 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
I like your style,you did a wonderful job......Keep moving......gonna share your next artwork!!!I love this saying:"Your greatest asset is your power to think"It's meaningful!!!!!!
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Jason-md Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Photographer
Woooa texture...
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kennyc Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
An age ago I asked (and received permission to draw this image). After much time I picked it back up and completed it. The final is on my website at:
[link]

Thank you very much for allowing me to draw this!
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Absofrigginlutely amazing, mate... You really captured the look in his face :)
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:iconkennyc:
kennyc Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

and much thanks for the reference. Keep up your excellent work!
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JohnGoodman Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
The contrast on these pics are amazing, and you really know how to pick interesting looking people. Props to you my good sir, I am saving some of these and I'm going to draw some of them. Expect credits.
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deluxefreak Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing, incredible work :)
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:iconfromse:
Fromse Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
I kinda like ol' John! xD
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shrimpography Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Brilliant tones and detail. What an expressive face.
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Rmair Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
i love your work:) your quotation of the man kinda reminds me of some kind of real life Willy Loman if you get what i mean.
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
To be honest, I'm completely clueless as to who he is :lol:
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thesecretview Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Student
This has got to be my favourite photograph I have seen so far in my life! I'm not sure what it is about this picture (maybe it is everything) but it just makes me so happy!
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Oh come on, there are lots of photos out there that are much, much better!

...but thanks a ridiculously huge bunch, nevertheless :giggle: It warms my heart to hear something like that :)
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JustHowYouImagined Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student General Artist
This is my favourite of your portraits without a doubt.
caught so much feeling from his face.

its fantastic...all of them are.
just this one in particular.

you should come to England and take portraits here (although most of us are scary :D)

favourite x1000000000
x
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
He's my personal favourite too... There's a reason why he ended up on the book-cover :)

I have been to England, actually! Was a while back though, so the interest for faces hadn't quite peaked yet...

And I don't know, you don't look that scary to me :lol:
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grace-kim Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student
You art has been featured here! [link]
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Maliniaq Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great portrait, I love these eyes, really great job :clap:
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chriswristspanic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
would it be okay if i drew this please?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Of course, feel free to draw anything :) Only thing I ask is that I get to see it when you're done :giggle:
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chriswristspanic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Of course! :D
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MrsRiordan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
I am working this as a graphite portrait. Check out the progress.
I fell in love with this photo when I laid eyes on it. You really captured the intensity of this guy. Amazing work.
[link]
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
That is pretty cool! I've had a lot of people try drawing this photo, apparently it really appeals to pencil(or graphite)artists... Can't wait to see it done :)
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MrsRiordan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
I am actually just about to post an update on the picture. I am absolutely in love with this picture. Everytime I come in to work on him, I am like, "Hello, John." lol. You did amazing on the photograph.
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Zimtkoernchen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
wow, this is amazing!
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pinguino Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
haha awesome story

i love this portrait though. old dude was wrong.
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gert64 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student
great image really enjoy the contrast and tones
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mr-moloko Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
hi i like to draw to i am good at it
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
hi there i like to photograph and i think i am good at it too.
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fotocali Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
He might be my favorite! And he's so wrong that "young people are what people want." I could look at him for hours and imagine so many different things. His face is that complex.
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Olga-Zervou Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
:love: featured [link]
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Lumenz Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
This is such an amazing portrait.. would you mind if I painted it? There's something about his eyes and his expression...
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Alastordemon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, he IS interesting! I would love to know his story x)
Done with perfection. Awesome portrait! :D
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fleeet Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I would love to be able to take photographs of this caliber. I find portraits to always be the most interesting and the most with depth.

This is a astoundingly touching shot and shows how much character he really has. It's all in his eyes.
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Why thank you very much! And hey, I was shit when I begun, and it only took a year or two to get to that portrait from there!

By the way, just randomly checked out your profile, began reading your journal, and I couldn't stop. Even though I fucking hate bees. Cause they sting. But they are pretty.

Oh, and you're the only 92-year old Burkina Fasoian lady I've ever met. Sweet.
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fleeet Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I had a camera to practice! I've borrowed my friends 200D a couple of times and I always have fun with it. If I did have to money to do it seriously, I would only take portraits. I find them the most fascinating and beautiful of all types of photography.

Also, I honestly wish I was a 92 year old Burkina Fasoian woman.
I bet they are rare!
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davidroman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
Hi!
I made a painting inspired by this wonderful photo, and I posted it here [link]

Thanks :handshake:
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SunsetGirlJoanna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Briliant! :)
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