This is from Plovdiv, the second largest city of Bulgaria, situated in the south-central part of the country.
Two men having a friendly chat in the street, a third man maybe participating in the conversation or just listening to the others.
Judging from the sign they are standing across the street from a barbershop (frizorstvo), where men can have a haircut for 3 leva and women for 4 leva, For 8 leva you can have a manicure or a dekoratsiya, whatever that means. Maybe a total makeover?
3 Bulgarian leva equal 2 US dollars, which isn't bad for a male haircut. In Sweden it would cost roughly 15 times more. The price level in Bulgaria is possibly the lowest in Europe.
Another barbershop-related picture from Plovdiv can be seen in a workshop.
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lousat (81566) 2011-12-13 4:13
Hi Gert,very nice daily life scene from Bulgaria,i like the colors and the beautiful light to create a great contrast between the men and the dark background on the left,very well done.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
macondo (18623) 2011-12-13 5:43
Well, I can have a haircut for $20 in Melbourne, but I don't have that much hair! No doubt that kind of thing is still very cheap in Eastern Europe. I like your candid daily life shot, the amiable looking men nicely balanced by the large sign pointing off stage. Excellent exposure and really good sharpness. I like the WS! One has to get one's priorities right, and in this world there is nothing more important than a fiddle round with one's mobile phone.
saxo042 (37602) 2011-12-13 8:25
Three nice guys, they look quite friendly. Would be interesting to hear them sing too, even if one part of the Barbershop Quartet is missing. Maybe he is inside, having his hair cut at the low price (or maybe he cuts it himself, at an even lower price...).
annjackman (20693) 2011-12-13 9:40
I wish that I could get a haircut for that price! I do like the capture of the three mean passing the time of day and all wearing different styles of clothing. Super exposure and sharpness for this interesting daily life shot.
Kind Regards, Ann
tyro (21726) 2011-12-13 13:54
Yet another of your candid gems of ordinary life in cities around the globe.
These fellows simply appear to be having a quiet chat and don't appear as though they are about to embark on a trip to the barber's shop. Your workshop picture, however, with the girl standing in the street with her hair still full of shampoo or dye, is really quite amusing - perhaps, like every second person on the planet, she really is addicted to her mobile 'phone.
Both pictures are well composed and, more importantly, wel observed. Good colours and excellent detail and sharpness in both.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-13 14:42
a lovely street impression with attractive composition and lights I like the cheerful atmosphere and the POV, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
siamesa (27761) 2011-12-13 15:52
Boa noite Gert
Surely a very interesting conversation. Very well registered. A very good idea and a nice capture.
Vasa (16778) 2011-12-13 17:05
I followed your note with interest and i can say that you understand well Bulgarian. Proud to tell you that I understand it as my language. Funny picture, your aye is vigilant. Warm regards, friend.
Graal (99762) 2011-12-13 23:28
an interesting reportage, scenery and informations in note. In my favorite barbershop in Elblag I pay for haircut 16 zloty (5 USD). It's not expensive also but in Plovdiv much lowest, hehe. I like WS also. Photos well done.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (52131) 2011-12-14 2:06
Very fine street scene. The old man are always picturesque talking about politics or football. Nice shot, have a ncie day.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-14 3:40
Format of image well selcetd for the presentation of this sympatic scnene of everyday's life. You have very well collected the attitudes of the three men. Good managment of light and composition well balanced with the three men well off-centred on the right.
wolf38 (31284) 2011-12-14 9:56
Hello Gert. A beautiful photo everyday. A little chat is always welcome. Where hairdressers are at work, there is always the best news. Well seen and presented. Rgds wolfgang.
vasilpro (41091) 2011-12-14 14:02
Wonderful street shot, beautiful scene with the three men talking, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
patdeph (35748) 2011-12-15 6:32
if the prices are so low,it's maybe because they don't earn as much money as us.Anyway,rhis is a nice scene,where the each men have a large smile.Well seen.
skippy007 (12510) 2011-12-16 4:26
Hello Gert, Not sure why but I prefer the WS version ;)
Nice daily life capture with the three interesting well engaged in conversation, the sign showing the prices which by the way are very cheap adds interest to the scene, good colour, light & clarity. These mobile phones are handy but can also be a nuisance.
nikkitta (16476) 2011-12-17 10:57
Interesting capture of the relaxing men talking at the sun, I noticed that the man in gray is appreciated by the two others, both smiling and looking at him
Love this street scenes and about the WS I am quite sure she went out for her phone
fanni (14381) 2011-12-17 13:59
what a nice scene :)
I like it how you captured it, especially that you also captured the good mood of these men.
This sunny scene looks also a bit funny to me - because of the words in the Bulgarian language (which we Russians can understand more or less freely even without learning it) :)
very often words in Bulgarian sound so funny as compared to their Russian equivalents.
In any case, this photo makes me smile, which is very good!
ha en trevlig söndag!
mesutilgim (88454) 2011-12-18 10:06
Good pov, perfect timing ! It's typical Balkan, it's typical mensworld.
What I like here most, that non of them has noticed the photographer.
TFS and best regards
Nicou (128776) 2011-12-19 2:28
quelle belle scène superbe compo et iamd de ces personnage, image colorée animée avec la pacartes, fantastique.
bravo et amitié
daddo (25519) 2011-12-20 3:10
Hi gert. Nice to know you can read Cyrillic. Lovely light and a nice friendly mood. Interesting individual display of fashion. Best wishes. Klaudio.
abmdsudi (46146) 2011-12-28 23:17
Looking at glance this street shot of daily life triggers our perceptions as well as imagination. Initially I don't know what to focus on, there are many details in the characters of each man. Love the way how you relate your infor note to this simple shot, all together this is a fair candid and a bit of a mixed salad but by taking care to single out individually you excel! within this limited space and that bold sign is real eye puller, the right ingredient to spice up the shot really. A beautifully composed and well spotted image and quick timely shot where all the vital elemnts are in place perfectly to form a picture that tells a story. Fine shot, Congrats
kato (11630) 2012-01-25 2:23
This is an interesting daily life shot. The barber of two kinds of types coexists in Japan now. We pay the barber 50$ on average if we carry out hair cut and shaving in the city. The simple barber of only hairdressing in a station is 12$.
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, too.
faubry (35405) 2012-07-07 2:47
Bonjour gert, a nice daily life scene, enjoy, natural, i post a ws, what do you think?
have a good we
fabbs99 (16815) 2012-09-06 6:52
The group seems to be engrossed in some important discussion.Nice daily life image and good imformation about haircut in Bulgaria.Bulgaria may not be as cheap as india but still reasonable as with that kind of rate in India atleast 4 persons can have haircut in not so rich localities.
Tigerlily (3109) 2012-11-19 9:53
Excellently captured image.
I have a problem with workshop on this site, not with you. :-D You see, some of your images with a different uploading on workshop, and I do want to have a look, but I'm viewing the 2011's uploading, while the new workshop uploadings built up in the past year, I have no way to find the old workshop one with this image. Either I don't know the site well enough to find the workshop photo, or I think that the site should design a link for each workshop uploading for easy access, especially like this case.. or some other viewer looking for the old uploadings. A very good evening to you.
Miguel82 (26478) 2013-05-04 8:08
Excellent daily life scene in a street of Plovdiv Gert,
Unfortunately I can't read the board with this alphabet, hope that somebody will teach me!
Natural colors, excellent sharpness and exposition
emka (85097) 2014-11-26 9:51
Hi Gert, I have just looked at my old slides from Bulgaria and came upon your shots. Nice view of these men chatting near the barbershop. I have no idea what a dekoratsiya can be. The third man looks a bit familiar to me but I do not know why?
My husband has his (not big) haircut for free at home, I must pay more, five times maybe, when I rarely make podstrigivaniye.
WArm regrads MAlgo