Morning rituals. by ruthmouch

Morning rituals.

Yet another "Oh" stop and reverse moment! I've been wanting a lorry driver with a teapot shot for ages--obviously not frequenting the right places!

This rig was parked along the main Beirut-Damascus highway.
He's actually sitting on a small carpet, cigarette and tea to hand. Khalil is Syrian and drives for a Saudi company which owns the truck. He had just delivered a load of potato chips/crisps from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and was waiting for payment. Next stop was Tripoli in North Lebanon to load up with fruit and vegetables which he would deliver to Qatar.
He was a very pleasant chap, slightly nervous about where I may post his photo and if it would bring him any problems with borders or shadowy intelligence types.

Thanks to all you wonderful folk for recent visits, comments and favs....you really do make my day!!!
Excellent photo.
January 21st, 2013  
Grea shot!! Love where he's sitting and the fact the shoes are off. Fabulous.
January 21st, 2013  
very intressting photo
January 21st, 2013  
A great bit of 'photo-journalism'; superbly composed. You must be very persuasive Ruth!
January 21st, 2013  
Ruth, you are amazing! These stops to meet interesting people are great. Love this shot and the narrative.
January 21st, 2013  
Great place for a perch! Love that he was nervous about who might get to see this...Very 'cloak and dagger' stuff.
January 21st, 2013  
A brilliant capture
January 21st, 2013  
Great capture.
January 21st, 2013  
love it!
January 21st, 2013  
Nice candid capture.
January 21st, 2013  
That's great, I enjoy the way you describe connecting with these people in your portraits.
January 21st, 2013  
How long do you take to get the shot? It is fabulous! does he pose or do you just shoot away?
January 21st, 2013  
Excellent portrait, Ruth.
January 21st, 2013  
Great capture. You certainly have a winning way with a vast variety of people. You may have missed your true calling of either an evangelist or sales ; )
January 21st, 2013  
what a handy flap in the lorry! wonderful capture Ruth
January 21st, 2013  
Another fascinating slice of life. Sadly telling that he was concerned about you posting his picture.
January 21st, 2013  
@jimmyveee LOL James!!!!!! :-)
January 21st, 2013  
That is a great portrait, even by your high standards Ruth.
January 21st, 2013  
I love it especially in B&W.
January 21st, 2013  
@grammyn The reversing procedure usually piques their initial interest, introductions, collect the camera from the car, start snapping while trying to ask intelligent and pertinent questions, listening to how they answer and exercising brain to produce a decent photo. If they insist on posing I'll do that and then try to get them to relax so I get a more natural shot. Max 15mins, once back in the car I try to write down what i can remember otherwise it will be forever lost!!
Paul @webfoot mentioned the 100 strangers project on Flikr and I'm thinking of giving that a go!
January 21st, 2013  
@ruthmouch i was wondering how you remember so much of their narrative! I am totally impressed!
January 21st, 2013  
You are so brave Ruth asking all these people if you can take their photos but my word you do get some fab photos!!!! He looks slightly nervous puffing away at that cigarette!!! So interesting too the details of his job!
January 21st, 2013  
Aha! Glad you got him. He looks very comfortable there.
January 21st, 2013  
Well you must have a special touch getting these folks to let you take their photo. Hopefully some of them have the opportunity to visit the site; I'm sure they would be pleased with the results!
Thought James comment was quite funny!
January 21st, 2013  
Such a great capture. Don;t know how you pull it off taking these shots so openly Ruth. Hats off to you my dear :)
January 21st, 2013  
Great capture, I do admire the way you relate to the people you photograph, it makes the photo that much more interesting. I like the way he took his shoes off before sitting on his bit of carpet!!
January 21st, 2013  
Ruth, I went through yesterday and looked at every one of your shots. Only time I've ever done that. I am so enjoying seeing Lebanon through your eyes!
January 21st, 2013  
@ridley I am honoured!!!! Thrilled.....that is just so nice of you!
January 21st, 2013  
great presentation, like the relaxed atmosphere this gives
January 21st, 2013  
Oh wow! This makes me want to reconsider pursuing photojournalism!
January 21st, 2013  
bep
Wonderful photo and interesting story!
January 21st, 2013  
awesome shot, Ruth!
January 21st, 2013  
What a great place for a morning cuppa! I wish I had your ease of talking to and taking photos of strangers. You do brilliantly
January 21st, 2013  
Another lovely portrait and background info!
January 21st, 2013  
Love this shot and love the story behind it! Thank you so much for sharing!
January 21st, 2013  
Wonderful - love how his shoots are separate and on the floor - makes for an interesting composition.
January 21st, 2013  
This shot is just brilliant in every way. Fav.
January 21st, 2013  
Such an interesting story to accompany this image. Tea and a carpet....who knew?
January 21st, 2013  
A super candid shot. Works perfectly in b/w too.
January 21st, 2013  
Neat candid shot..I wonder if he would abide by a none-smoking week. from the 20th to the 26 we've a none-smoking week. wonder how many smokers actually would try to stay away from the cigs for one week?
January 21st, 2013  
Well all the comments have already been made. One question though, what language are you generally speaking with all these people, or does it vary.
January 21st, 2013  
Love this! What a route he has. I think you definitely get the prize for knowing the most about your subjects.
January 21st, 2013  
bello scatto, mi piace la scelta del bianco e nero per questa foto
January 21st, 2013  
Great shot, Ruth, and love the narrative. You make a great photo journalist.
January 21st, 2013  
Fantastic candid shot, Ruth, you do get these well!
January 21st, 2013  
I love how he has created a special spot on his vehicle so he can relax and take am e tea and a smoke. Super capture! So eating potato chips is not just an American past time now?
January 21st, 2013  
Oh, this is excellent. Nicely done.
January 21st, 2013  
just stunning! I love that you find out about their lives and share this with us too!
January 21st, 2013  
Fav Ruth, great picture, great narrative. I look forward to your photo every day, always a great landscape or portrait.
January 21st, 2013  
Great b&w
January 21st, 2013  
I am positive this guy would have chased me away. You really have an ability to get people to cooperate for photos.
January 22nd, 2013  
What a great shot. I love how he takes his shoes off!
January 22nd, 2013  
Glad he let you take his shot
January 22nd, 2013  
Great capture
January 22nd, 2013  
The black and white really does wonders for the photo, although I'm sure it would have been equally stunning in colour :)
January 22nd, 2013  
Beautiful capture, Ruth. Love the sitting pose and the shoeless feet.
January 22nd, 2013  
Love this Ruth, I've spoken to lots of these drivers - I do some work for a Turkish shipping company which ferries trucks and a few drivers between Turkey and France/Italy, there are Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis, Egyptians and of course Turks and basically they seem to drive anywhere and everywhere between Afghanistan and Scandinavia, away from home weeks at a time. They all seem friendly and generous, keen to chat and share tea and food, I really enjoy talking with them whenever I get chance. Thanks for posting this great shot :)
January 22nd, 2013  
Great shot Ruth, your shots that tell a story are always great to see and read.
January 22nd, 2013  
Fantastic capture Ruth. I always love coming over to your page and reading your intro and the admiring the amazing capture you have caught today. I admire how much courage it must take to ask people to take their photo. Love the B&W processing.
January 22nd, 2013  
Fav for me Ruth
January 22nd, 2013  
awesome. perfect processing
January 22nd, 2013  
@bluefirebucket Thanks Mick! I remember your ferry and truck pics.
January 22nd, 2013  
cool. I like the ingenuity of that man !
January 22nd, 2013  
this is such a perfect capture, love the angle of the truck, the sign on the wall, his shoes and his expression. Very interesting all around a fav!
January 22nd, 2013  
Love your street photography Ruth.
January 22nd, 2013  
Love the b&w. Great street shot.
January 22nd, 2013  
Wow great shot! The 100 strangers project sounds awesome, I hope you get a chance to do it!
January 22nd, 2013  
Terrific capture.
January 22nd, 2013  
@jennywren Arabic Jen as that is all they usually speak. Can cause some hilarity when I have no idea what they are saying....but we usually manage to work it out somehow!
January 22nd, 2013  
Great capture! You are the perfect person to do the 100 strangers project. You not only take amazing portraits, but take the time to learn something about their life to share with the world. That is a gift!
January 22nd, 2013  
Great shot. Admire your ability to connect with people Ruth.
January 23rd, 2013  
really wonderful... the moments in time you capture are fabulous!
January 23rd, 2013  
Awesome story telling shot!
January 23rd, 2013  
Pam
Love this!
January 24th, 2013  
Love it! He looks so relaxed and truly taking pleasure in the moment.
January 25th, 2013  
Excellent lines and composition. You have a great eye. An interesting subject and shot. I always enjoy reading your back stories. I love the way you engage and interact with the people in your photos. When is the book/ exhibition?!
January 27th, 2013  
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