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First, I have to state that this photo was scanned from a colour slide with obvious loss of quality.
Second, I have not asked this man to pose for my photo.

Now, how it happened. I was surprised to see a replica of Rodin's Thinker in Moscow. I remembered the difficulty I faced in trying to photograph the original in Rodin's museum in Paris. I started moving around the sculpture to get a photo. Then out of the blue there comes this Russian man, who I suspect is a worker in the museum, to sit right there and to my surprise he started taking the same thinking position as the Rodin's Thinker. What more can I ask. I did not make a move and tried to compose the picture before he changes position or 'fly'. He was like a bird to me who I did not want to disturb his thinking moment before I get my shot.

The two thinkers are philosophically intertwined. One, who can not think, is looking and thinking about the other, who can think, but looking somewhere else, and the invisible thinker who is looking at both but you, as a viewer of the photo, could not see him yet think he was there but not in the picture. That makes us four 'Thinkers'!

Ziad Aazam

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