The 'language of the eyes'

Reader photo: Holding a red umbrella, she stood out in a crowd

Last fall, photographer Nima Razfar was observing the endless stream of pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles when he spotted a woman in the crowd, holding a red umbrella on 5th Street.

With his Nikon D200 inconspicuously at his waist, Razfar positioned himself ahead of time in the hopes of capturing a shot of her walking through his frame.

“I pulled the camera to my eye and snapped away just as she glanced towards me and caught me peering at her through my lens,” he said. “She pulled the umbrella and covered her face for my next two shots."

Razfar says the woman never looked back but that for those few seconds they spoke to each other in what he calls the “universal language of the eyes.”

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