|Afghan Man John Simlett|
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 20 inches
(from a photograph by Shehzad Noorani)
I hadn't painted folded cloth or a beard before, and so I set about finding a suitable subject. Fortunately I came across a great photograph, but far more than that, a great photographer, Shehzad Noorani who spends a great deal of his time photographing and publicizing the homeless.
You could be forgiven for believing that the 'Afghan Man' is a warrior, a leader of men for he has that look about him, but he is not. He is living in Maslakh refugee camp for Internally Displaced People, near the city of Herat in Afghanistan.
I've tried to bring out the undefeated spirit of the man. He may have lost all his material assets but he is unbowed.