Portraits Around the World: A Man and His Smile

Every week I tell the story behind a photograph taken by myself or Jerry Bauer featuring the portrait of a person that we just couldn’t walk past. Sometimes they’re funny, other times they just take us back to a place we remember well, or maybe they make us feel something different. To see more Portraits Around the World, click here.


This weeks portraits is courtesy of my father. I couldn’t help but share this sunny photo of a man taken in Rio Hato, Panama because his smile was so wide and I just couldn’t look away! I see this and I remember a country with so much warmth and beauty that shows through it’s people. Of all the countries I’ve lived in, Panama etched itself into my heart the quickest and the sharpest. It could have had a lot to do with the time in my life I was in, but when I see this man I realize that it’s go nothing to do with time; it has everything to do with the character of this place, which has a way of stealing every other countries home as “my favorite.”

Well, at least in Central America. Don’t fret world, with your faces full of wrinkles, bright eyes, sun marks, and beautiful imperfections.


Have you ever traveled to Panama? What country is your “favorite”? If there is such a thing!

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  1. rita spadafora
    April 10, 2015

    Hi Neysha. what a great photo to publish!! Glad to know you have so many good memories of Panama..

    • April 10, 2015

      Hi Rita! Thanks so much 🙂 I definitely do, I can’t wait to go back!

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