Travelling is a big part of what we do. Always exciting, always great to take in a foreign culture, particularly when you’re working with locals and getting to know a country with their guidance. But sometimes when work stops and you’re truly on your own and far from home, that’s when you have a great experience. I took this picture on one of these occasions.
The location is in the desert in Sudan, about six hours west of Khartoum. I was trying to take pictures of the mountains as dusk fell, when this old man came up and asked for me to take his photo. He wanted to look at the image on the screen of my camera and seemed truly amazed. Eventually his friend came along and told me he had never had his photo taken. I’d like to say that I printed out a copy and made sure he got it, but I didn’t. I love the picture though: he wears his years well and seemed utterly relaxed.