September 06, 2011 7:26am I love this picture. For me, it falls into a category that is rare on these pages--for want of a better word I'll call it an "intimate portrait."
It's a portrait in the sense that it gives a sense of the person behind the image; but it's the kind of portrait that is usually taken only by someone very close to the person portrayed. And of course, most people don't have intimate friends who are also excellent photographers--which is why such images are rare.
I suspect there's a fair bit of effort behind this picture's casual appearance, and that effort has paid off.