Unlike the mysteriously fractured face of the man below, it’s clear why this man looks like death itself. Carbon black. A substance used mostly in tire production, and reminiscent of soot. Actually, given how striking the image can be, it’s kind of a mundane explanation – despite the foreshadowing.
A comment on the flickr page where I found this described it as “inspiring”. Not sure I follow that line of thought. In fact, it’s the kind of comment usually made by people who have never had to really bust their ass all day, and go home dirty and sore. There’s nothing inspiring about it. Ugh.