Clearly a nod to Philip's posting ;)
To all Miss Guiness, Miss Bintang or Miss Tiger in the beer homes of SEA who can sometimes be classier than their customers.
Here in a Makassar a sleazy bar/restaurant, kios semarang, would recommend it to anyone, best nasi goreng I ever ate (with wild torajan red rice).
Makassar is one of the biggest harbours in indonesia, means lots of sailors, means lots of beer, bars and girls, though in one of the most radical islamist region of the country (every two years a riot is raising, a church -or this year a McDonald- is burning and a few christians are slaughtered).
However, beerhomes have no religion, it seems sailors either. Then, the business can carry on.
First night i didn't bring my camera, there were heaps of beer bottles on the tables and girls eating and drinking on the sailors account, later, a few came out of the place with a girl.
Second night, I brought my camera but there was less action, only a few male customers were killing time watching TV, the girls or both at the same time. Took a few random shots, my camera steady on my knees.
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Aegean (2571) 2003-06-22 15:44
Great shot Luko. i love the documentary style of it....everything works perfect....
mcreider (673) 2003-06-22 15:45
Great capture of the atmosphere. The comments are interesting
Djib (426) 2003-06-22 16:17
I like the story/note and it makes up for the fact that the focus is on what seems like the least interesting subject in the frame: the man on the left... Still, there is a strange dynamic is this shot. TYhe evasive look of the lady, the customer looking at her and the 50s attosphere of it all really appeals to me.
Porteplume (3440) 2003-06-22 17:48
I kept coming back & looking at this one because I like it a lot but I wasn't able to say why.
I still can't find the words. Let's say it has a great attraction, it looks like the scene of a movie I may have seen once but can't remember a title.
Anyway, you succeeded again in letting me admirative... (Is that an English word?)
philip_coggan (11) 2003-06-22 20:48
The perspective works, but I wish Miss Guiness were in focus (tho I do understand the circumstances you were under). My b+w negs are all scratched. Horrible. How do you store and protect yours?
gringofil (0) 2003-06-23 0:01
Nice one, Luko. Under the circumstances this is a well done shot. I actually don't mind that she's out of focus, seems better this way. I like the angle here a lot, makes her seem superior to all others in the bar. And I like her dress...oriental with a Western (Guiness) twist.
thien (2112) 2003-06-23 0:15
Great picture, I like that she is out of focus too. It gives the contrast between herself and her customers needs.
anadai (2687) 2003-06-23 0:45
Great combination of the photo with it's story.
Abocc (3300) 2003-06-23 1:17
I can't really describe why I like the picture, sorry ! But the fact is there, I do like it
adam (860) 2003-06-23 2:00
I like this image for all the reasons stated above (and more) plus the following: the white beam right behind her. It highlights the outline of her head well. And your story sets the scene perfectly, thanks.
ornis (1271) 2003-07-22 7:22
"To all Miss Guiness...classier than their customers". That's what flashes immediately on her face, high in the framing, high by her absent eyes and high by your delicate out of focus meaning she's really different than the lousy atmosphere around. Good you've got all that.
greg (2835) 2003-10-10 13:28
You might expect to get a strange perspective shooting from your knees, but it worked really well here - it puts you inside the scene. I like the half-guy on the right - is he watching her or the television? Another shot one second later would tell.
clodreno (0) 2004-01-04 10:24
i didn't see that shot, but this time it was on the front page. This is exactly what taking picture is all about.
The composition is effective. I really feel like I am sitting in this bar.. I am living the scene, and that's great? Thank's
waskahegan (0) 2004-08-20 12:26
Great capture and good atmosp[here, the B&W is well suited.
scalerman (26900) 2004-10-03 0:52
i know this place. it's in lonely planet. I recognized the paned glass before I read your note. There was a different Ms. Guinness when I was there. Fantastic flashback.
maciekda (19895) 2004-11-13 11:27
Looking at the photo I can feel the atmosphere of this small bar, and the girl is pretty too... And I really like "secret pictures"
and i still really like this picture... a classic
rowanb (864) 2006-03-27 1:56
i like randomly digging into your archive from time to time, its always turns up some gems.
another good 'snap', i like the blur of the girl with the men around her, the seedy look of the place, worth it for the nasi goreng?
- Copyright: Luko G R (Luko) (14000)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2002-08-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Leica M6, Leitz Summicron M 50mm/2, Ilford HP5
- Exposure: f/2
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2003-06-22 15:32
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