As you surely have noticed, these portraits picture no photography models. These people are unlikely to ever appear on a glossy magazine.
The photography is also not blemish free. No studio lighting, sometimes unsharp, nor did I have the chance to repeat a failed shot ... glad to have captured something at all.
These images were taken in a lucky moment, passing by; a "would you mind if I ..." situation, where I was struck by something I saw in their eyes.
I have had these images on my hard disk for some time and you can see them in their surroundings in other projects (Atacama, Bahia and Oman). But, this certain something I once saw in their eyes kept lingering in my head, until I realised I needed to extract that. The colored background serves just that purpose. Is there beauty? Yes, some. But, more than anything, I hope you can see what I see; let me call it dignity.