An old man in Tripoli, Lebanon

This old man is probably repairing a kettle of some sort (actually not, see comments). He was doing it out of a small shop — barely a closet in the wall, to be fair — and was kind enough to let me take his portrait. I like his stare, very profound and serene. I like to think of him as wise but there is no way to know …

It was shot with the Olympus OM2-MD and the fabulous 50mm 1.4 on the ubiquitous Ilford hp5+ @ 400iso, thereby developed at home in my bathroom in the traditional standing rodinal souping …