Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy

April 8th was International Romani Day, a day set aside to focus on the issues facing the Romani people all over the world.  Belgrade has its share of Romani, or gypsies, as they are often called, and many, like these two guys, do a major business in recycling.  I was walking down the street when they shouted to me, "Hey, take our picture!" so I obliged.  They asked me who would see it, and I said "Just me," but I guess that's not quite true....you're seeing it, too.

I think I'll print a copy and carry it with me in case I see their happy faces again.

Daily Haiku
 Shunned for centuries
Outcasts of society
Look at their smiles.... 


8 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Definitely a beautiful shot!

William Kendall said...

A terrific portrait shot!

Thérèse said...

Superbe photo.
Sujet un peu delicat en France en ce moment.

Olivier said...

Ils sont sympa, en France c'est plustot ne me prend pas en photo sinon....

Lowell said...

All smiles. Very cool, my friend. I've often found that people love to have their pictures taken. A few not so much. Usually I shoot and ask forgiveness - ready to run, of course!

Alexa said...

What a great portrait! Hope you do encounter them again. I immediately thought of a film I saw (and loved) in Paris in 1967: I Even Met Happy Gypsies. The original title (which is in Serbian, so I'm thinking you may have seen it too) means The Feather Gatherers.

Kate said...

Shunned and suffered a great deal during WWII and the Holocaust. These two have the dark handsomeness I always associate with their ethnic group.

EG CameraGirl said...

Amazing how happy they appear to be!