Understated Wisdom

I took this picture in May, when I went to Ghana to conduct research on water and sanitation in a small town called Larteh. I was walking down the market, when I spotted this man just relaxing on his chair. as soon as I readied my camera for a snapshot, he sat up straighter, and gave me this effortless smile. I crossed the street to show him the picture, and he just smiled as if to say “well I know I look good. you’re welcome”.
I couldn’t stop looking at this picture afterwards because well, look at the beautiful colors; and also because I wished I spoke Twi (language in Ghana) fluently so I could carry a conversation with him in which I am sure I would absorb many decades of gathered wisdom. And then maybe some of his swag would rub off on me. I mean look that this class!