Saw this interesting looking bearded gent sitting there on this slatted wooden bench seat.
His shoulder bag by his side, he was enjoying a quiet ‘roll up’ and a rare smattering of afternoon sunshine.
Beards; as you are all by now only too aware i’m sure, are enjoying a resurgence. Consequently shopping outlets are doing a roaring trade selling more and more items related to the looking after of, the trimming of, and even the waxing of one’s facial thatch.
According to the History web pages entitled ‘The history of beards’ attitudes to beards have varied wildly. In Egypt it says, the rich and powerful grew beards which were often dyed and sometimes plaited with interwoven gold thread.
Wikipedia mentions that throughout history societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural traditions and the current era’s fashion trends.
Some religions (such as Islam and Sikhism) have considered a full beard to be absolutely essential for all males to grow one, and mandate it as part of their official dogma. Other cultures, even while not officially mandating it, view the beard as central to man’s virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom, strength, sexual prowess and high social status.
However, in cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion) beards may be associated with poor hygiene or a “savage”, uncivilised, or even dangerous demeanor.
In this particular instance however, armed with such information, I was momentarily uncertain which attitude applied.
So to be on the safe side I decided to adopt the persona of ‘Dynamo’
(arguably the world’s greatest magician)
By applying slight of hand techniques I secreted my camera away from view…then just like smoke; I mingled seamlessly back into the crowd.