In Indonesia particularly in the city, one aspect of life that cannot be ignored is the numerous 'pengamen' or buskers, the street musicians who roam the streets day and night trying earn some money by singing and playing musical intruments. The idea behind penagmen is, they would sing and entertain you if you enjoy the service, you pay them. They are parts of daily life who color the streets, and you would encounter this no matter where you are. Many of those 'pengamen' are migrants from the countryside with little or no musical training at all.
The common places they like to perform are restaurants, city squares, street food stalls, bus and train stations. Like it or not, they will always be there because of simple reasons, high unemployment rates and poverty and job opportunities in the big city are very hard to come by, this means that many young Indonesians have no choice but to work odd jobs in the informal sector, thus I guess being a 'pengamen' is a popular choice and the easiest way out.
Surprisingly, some of them are real great entertainers you can sometime stumble upon a select few with very good quality, with astonishing voice and several even have the unique ability to communicate with their audience. These are rare breed though and you would not hesitate to spare few thousand rupiahs(IDR1000~11cents) for these street entertainers. To hear its haunting melodies with a plate of 'nasi goreng' (fried rice) before you and a cup of Java coffee in hand is just like listening to, tasting and drinking in the soul of a nation. Indonesia better known as 'Land under the rainbow' has such a very diverse life styles and this is just a glimpse of their daily life.
Taken in Jember City East Java outside a restaurant, The percussions are made of pvc pipes and rubber sheets!
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Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-15 8:55
güzel ,ayrıtılar iyi seviyede ve bütün olarak iyi çekilmiş bir fotoğraf.tebrik ederim.
ciakgiak (30433) 2012-04-15 11:37
la scena è molto bella, i soggetti sono perfetti da un punto di vista fotografico, ma ciò che mi piace moltissimo è l'inquadratura dal basso che accentua il senso di fierezza sul volto dei due artisti. Complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio
patdeph (35748) 2012-04-15 11:44
I think it's a little bit strange to the mmusicians from a so low POV, but it was maybe impossible for you to otherwise.but it's also a way to put the accent on the insruments, the guitar and the percussions.The colors are very beautiful and give a joyfull atmosphere.Thanks for your instructive note.
paololg (31448) 2012-04-15 12:58
Ciao dear Abmdsudi,
yes, it is true, you're right, I too have seen a lot of street artists in Indonesia, almost always musicians playing at restaurants or squares, and I must say that I have found good musicians. Although it was evident that they came from the countryside and did not have studied music. You have captured a nice and interesting photo, spontaneous and original, as these two players. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week!
everlasting (15390) 2012-04-15 13:14
I am having fun imagining you laying on the floor here to achieve such a low POV:)
I love the vibrant colours it goes well with the funkiness and grittiness of the music
siamesa (28127) 2012-04-15 16:39
Boa noite Abmdsudi
Lovely scene. These musicians really know how to make joy to the people. Excellent register.
bayno (18344) 2012-04-15 22:26
great shot of daily life, the two musicians have chosen a perfect BG to perform, I really like your low POV, very beautiful instruments especially the particular guitar, much pretty the concentrated expression of the two musicians, a fascinating shot,
my best regards,
TopGeo (38216) 2012-04-15 23:52
Spectacular joyfull atmosphere
from Indonesian! it is true, you're right, perfect attractions on streets I too have seen a lot of street artists but these gave a popular charm Excellent colour and POV very nice contrast!
jjcordier (79297) 2012-04-16 1:08
La prise de vue en contreplongée donne une grande originalité à cette photo aux couleurs bien saturées. Une scène très intéressante et une très belle réalisation.
faubry (35447) 2012-04-16 1:12
Bonjour Abmdsudi, I like a lot for this presentation include the two musicians, photo below probably knees? beautiful colors as always, it seems that they are people of Latin America?
read you soon
Fis2 (106222) 2012-04-16 2:50
Curious POV and composition.
kato (11630) 2012-04-16 3:12
You're capturing well this street musicians by a good angle and excleent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle that one is playing guitar and another is playing music instrument as drum. It's impressive in colorful wall in behind, too. Probably, they are doing such a performance, in order to live themselves in front of audience spectator as you note. There is the common alluring problem that modern society has a high unemployment rate of the young man of all the countries in not only Indonesia but the world exclude people with special technology and talent. In forty years ago I graduated from the school, we have found a job about 100%. However, emasculation of domestic industries has also arisen in overseas relocation by change of industrial structure, and the problem of wages now in Japan. So, the tendency for a young man to like the occupation of a government official, a doctor, etc. in quest of stability seems to be the signs which decline the country. We are faced with the difficult problem of employment in the world.
williewhistler (16474) 2012-04-16 3:54
Hello Abmdsudi,this candid street shot has worked remarkably well, for you have captured the musicians and their instruments in excellent poses.
The scene is very colourful with good dynamics as the players strive for attention.
I also enjoy your rather poignant note.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-04-16 3:59
mi piace questo POV dal basso sui due suonatori con lo sfondo arancione che mette in risalto la scena,
BennyV (20445) 2012-04-16 6:01
Great low pov to make the musicians seem even more powerful and strong. Superb colours too. A great picture!
Graal (103038) 2012-04-16 6:36
amazing effect and shot from low POV. Good captured scene with the musicans. I like the colours and contrast also. Well photowork.
Have a nice day.
federico (4491) 2012-04-16 8:00
hi abmsudi, great portrait, interesting POV and nice and saturated colors
good subject of course
jemaflor (103027) 2012-04-16 8:11
interesting angle of view, good idea, perfect sharpness and nice colors, tfs.
emilbo (22616) 2012-04-16 8:51
Quelle jolie photo de musiciens... J'adore les instruments de musique et j'en inclus souvent dans mes tableaux. La composition est intéressante et les couleurs sont toutes à fait merveilleuses. Une image de qualité que j'aime beaucoup.
Bravo!... et bonne fin de journée,
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-04-16 9:12
سلام دوست من
خیلی زیبا درمحیط جالب با نور خوب گرفته شده است تبریک با
آرزوی بهترین ها
vasilpro (41661) 2012-04-16 9:30
Wonderful daily life composition from an excellent low POV, beautiful street scene with these musicians, very good clarity and sharpness, lovely light and vivid colors, very nice framework, TfS!
josepmarin (58359) 2012-04-16 10:50
a visual very difficult angle, but that offers us a very interesting vision of these street musicians during their daily job.
It is amazing to see the material with which they have made these percussions, this is a real recycling!!
I like the vitality of the image, as well as the quality of the colors and the good luminosity.
A great work.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2012-04-16 12:07
The view below highlights the musical instruments and facial expressions. The composition is spectacular, colorful. Sharpness is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Budapestman (82620) 2012-04-16 14:21
great street atmosphere with superb composition and lovely details, the realization is splendid, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
nikkitta (17068) 2012-04-16 15:39
Creative POV to capture the two musicians with good saturated colors and a also colorful BG
What I liked the more is the fact that the one with the guitar is singing, so photo taken at the right moment
Like also his colored guitar
Greetings and TFS
bukitgolfb301 (45107) 2012-04-16 17:07
Hello my dear Abmdsudi YTH
Ya ini juga memori bagi saya. Pengamen!
So impressive portrait shot! Nice low and wide angle!
Nice background and composition with great combination.
Significant tasteful color touch indeed.
Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good day, best regards,
Takero from a little cold Tokyo
shevchenko (20548) 2012-04-17 3:22
Lively daily life photo to show pengamen that entertaining people by the road side, nice colourful background wall, interesting composition, distinct image, good shoot.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-04-17 9:31
Hello Again - Great POV which adds enormously to the mood and atmosphere of the shot which, in the absence of sound, conveys a relaxed and 'free' feel (much like being there in person I guess). Love the orange wall, it adds further vibrancy to the feel of the image. Warm regards rosemary
Cricri (125748) 2012-04-17 11:23
Tut bon le POV pour en apprécier le jeu des mains, les détails des instruments, les couleurs et le cadrage sont magnifiques, belle scéne des musiciens des rues, il ne manque hélas plus que le son...
jusninasirun (17527) 2012-04-17 23:30
Salam my friend.
This is a well captured street buskers from very low pov. I like their expression and good details of the instruments fancifully decorated as the life they are celebrating. Nice colors and contrast of this top drawer catch.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
dkmurphys (64467) 2012-04-18 1:02
Splendid street scene. Those artists are bringing a little joy and color on every street.
Good capture, enjoy a fine day.
delpeoples (59772) 2012-04-18 4:03
Hello dear Abmdsudi
What a fantastic Point of View, the distortion of the grand angle is sensational. Your trademark colours and sharpness accentuate further the quality of this image. Fantastic shot, definitely out of the ordinary and such a pleasure to look at.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-04-19 3:57
Very nice shoot of this sample of street art.Great colors and graduations of it.Excellent low POV and great framing.The note you have given is very useful.TfS
Have a nice day,
foozi (7101) 2012-04-22 20:50
beautiful and dramatic composition. the low angle allow the shot to be different and exciting.
What a life after all. You have depicted a phenomena every where about those people trying to survive in the rat race.
Excellent colors and good contrast.
korbee (6619) 2012-04-26 12:42
Dear Ab.,married for 20 years with a toba Batak,I know everything about Indonesian guitar music ;+]] and good parties!
Batak songs are famous all over Indonesia,this is a good portrait it could fit right into the insight guide or lonely planet travel books.
Your low POV works out very well.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-05-01 8:58
Las Vegas has street musicians also. The city tried to ban them but civil rights won't allow the city to stop the musicians. I like your pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. Great colors with good saturation. Well done, tfs.
Waylim (25436) 2012-05-24 10:16
I'm going backward in your gallery, just like you did my :)
How did you get so low on this POV? I love it, it feels like I'm looking through a little dog or cat eyes at this musicians performing their local songs for anyone who might appreaciate and provide some spare change so they can make a living. Sad situation, but they strive and goes on. Love the intensity of the colors of the wall, must be in front of some nice restaurant, the guitar is barely holding together with the tapes all over and the drum made of spare pipes. Amazing tale of survival.
ourania (51079) 2012-10-09 12:08
you couldn't have gotten closer to the two musicians who are immersed into their music but also keep an eye to the people and scenes passing by before them. I love the perspective and rhythm of your composition, the lovely vividness of the colours and the blurriness of their moving hands over their instruments. Their eyes convey a melancholy that contrasts the bright colours and their role as entertainers. A great picture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
gus72 (3719) 2013-10-04 22:18
Hi abmdsudi !!
this photo.. as it is ...with vibrant colours..... you could have said that it was taken in Cuba..... they like the music there and they perform on the streets just the same.
so...... I think that is nice shot made even more interesting by taking a very low POV.... as low as you could go
Have a nice week end.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (57606)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-04-15 7:15
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