Skeptical Oom Jan by Roy Bannister

I took this image in the historic and conservative town of Paarl when I noticed that I was being observed and scrutinised from head to toe by an old man who seemed to epitomise a typical Afrikaans farmer.
His initial scrutiny seemed hostile toward me, but when I approached him in an open and friendly manner and greeted him in Afrikaans, enquiring about him in his own language, his entire demeanour changed to one of friendliness and hospitality. Lesson learned by both of us, take time to understand the other person before summarily judging them.


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