You broke the barrier, kaibigan (?). After these I can only imagine things will get easier shooting this close. And the whole story is very interesting... How can they avoid these encounters? There's definitely that deceiving quality you speak of, but, hide everything else in the picture and just look at the eyes. I'm amazed he agreed to it, he does look shy in spite of everything else. I would have liked to see the second one in black and white also, but I guess that would be a cliché and you discarded it because of it. There's also something special about the light falling on him.
I like that second one very much. Very nice context "natural" portrait. Natural for sure, even though he's posing.