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Characters from an earlier time.

These portraits from 2007 have a common attribute: they depict a type of men and life in rural Goa that has now receded. These villagers typically lived their whole lives within the small radius of their settlements, living off the land, and for the most part oblivious to the larger world.

Filed under the Faces of Goa folder.

Kusta Gaonkar of Gaondongrim, Canacona, Goa

Kusta Gaonkar of Gaondongrim, Canacona
5D, 24-105L

Gopinath in Vagurme, Ponda, Goa

Gopinath of Vagurme
5D, 24-105L

Shaba Velip at Painguinim Vetal temple, Canacona, Goa

Shaba Velip of Painguinim, Canacona
5D, 24-105L

Pursho Gaonkar, at Gaondongrim, Canacona, Goa

Pursho Gaonkar of Gaondongrim, Canacona
5D, 24-105L

  • Louise Fernandes - July 18, 2018 - 2:44 am

    Thank you! As a Goan born and brought up in Mumbai, all my school vacations were in Goa. Your pictures bring back fond memories. My family and I have migrated to Goa. We have our home there. It is not the same, but it gives me great pleasure to watch my daughter grow to love Goa as much as I do.ReplyCancel

  • Roland Francis - July 17, 2018 - 9:14 am

    You have a great talent for catching the heart and soul of Goa, its people, its monuments, the land. A hundred years from now, these depictions will be priceless.ReplyCancel

  • ROY Pacheco - July 16, 2018 - 5:15 pm

    Happy to meet!ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - July 16, 2018 - 5:13 pm

    Hi Rajan: I very much like the first photo, but all are wonderful to behold. On a technical note, the last photo’s black and processing is nearly perfect; in fact, I think it is perfect. You captured all the zones in that one for sure.

    On the topic of photos of bygone eras: there is a certain tranquility in the faces of these men that I rarely see these days. Thank you for capturing and preserving their portraits.


    • Rajan Parrikar - July 16, 2018 - 10:28 pm

      Thank you, Bob. The black & white conversions were done via luminosity masks, following a technique developed by Tony Kuyper.ReplyCancel

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