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Bernie.img887, with story by harrietsfriend Bernie.img887, with story by harrietsfriend
Bernie owned Kennedy Motors, a foreign car repair center in the university neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.  Not only knowledgeable on VWs and other imported cars, but he would teach and share suggestions to those of us who were still novices in the mechanic's world.  Part of his extra effort was securing parts for our needs, with advice to what was a good or foolish idea.

In this image he is instructing another on how to proceed.  I had taken images of him directly facing me, but I remember him more for his advice, so I choose this style of character portrait.  While he still works some 4 decades later, his sons have joined him in the business, still active today.

Taken with my Leica M2 with 50mm F2.0 Summicron, on Kodak Tri-X panchromatic film, in the early 1970s.  I posted an image of one of his employees, Barry, yesterday.

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

eugene spiegel
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jesseboy000 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Photographer
Just incredible! Loved reading the description backstory. You really know how express a person through their portrait. 
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Salemik Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
That's a masterful shot.
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Manlarr Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014   Photographer
Fantastic!
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely classic character study.
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getcarter Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014   Photographer
:clap::thumbsup:
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Great shot!  
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multix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Take an image of him today...
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multix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent spontaneous portrait! Not only the expression, the setting, but also the b&w look!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
quite a wonderful capture
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Beautifully captured!  I really like the composition.
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JeanneDeaux Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
I love this shot, it shows him doing his job and he looks very serious, it's a great picture.
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AndersStangl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Amazing tone, detail and composition ! :sun:
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altergromit Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This man looks like coming from the sixties... :aww:...It can be also the B&W quality, the contrast... ...Or who knows! :lol: ;)
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KageNoKarasu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I love the cigarette in hand, such a classic mechanic. That's how I learn about my car in a haze of cig smoke and old oil.

Beautifully clear picture and excellent choice going with a not-straight-on angle.
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GregFisher Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   Photographer
Brilliant shot +fav 
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.  Any recent photos of the crew?
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feldrand Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
very good shot / portrait again and a cool story... we so need people like him - i was lucky to have met some myself... :D
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KingCoin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Loved the story behind it
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great expression :clap:
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