This busker was sitting in Strøget, playing for his puppet. When he marked the rhythm with his foot, the puppet danced.
Strøget (literally "the straight") is a carfree zone in Copenhagen, Denmark. This popular tourist attraction in the centre of town is the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe.
The street is bounded on the west by Rådhuspladsen ("The City Hall Square"), the central town square by Copenhagen City Hall, and on the east by Kongens Nytorv ("The King's New Square"), another large square at the other end. But the Strøget area is actually a collection of streets that spread out from this central thoroughfare. These streets, in order from Rådshuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv, are as follows:
* Gammel Torv / Nytorv
Many of the city's most famous and expensive stores, such as Illums Bolighus, Magasin du Nord, the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, and chain stores, are located along the strip. There are also a multitude of souvenir shops and fast food outlets.
Strøget was created in the 1960s when cars were beginning to dominate Copenhagen's old central streets. Municipal politicians wanted to ensure some areas remained carfree. Since then it has become a model often emulated elsewhere. Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl has been instrumental in the creation of this pedestrian zone.
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mrcrow (3993) 2007-11-11 8:47
the bowl really sets this off and created a little tension which widens the shot as the eye rebounds to the opposite corner
well isolated shot with no interfering tourists mucking up the area
meltemi (0) 2007-11-11 9:11
you have interesting street scene here, one day from daily life of this musician. Well composed picture and very good colors and light.
holmertz (51236) 2007-11-11 11:15
A fine picture. Well done to find a place at Ströget where you could make a composition with nothing but the musician and his equipment.
PerR (1513) 2007-11-11 13:10
Funny idea to get attention.
I saw this man in the summer 2002 at Strøget. Now i just saw that you had taken the photo in 2003. I first thougt he hadn't renewed in 5 years!
Good photo of this common sight in Copenhagen.
scroller (3445) 2007-11-11 14:19
A good choice of streetlife at Stroeget. I like the details as the tin for the money and the snake and monkey in the bag and og course the coffe cup :)
molla (7129) 2007-11-12 0:11
It's a good thing to spread out things of intressed to create a good comp. And in did a nice "basking" picture !
Ha en bra dag!
hatti52 (12786) 2007-11-12 2:05
very nice composition and cadrage here
i like it
Buin (42466) 2007-11-12 9:12
A beautiful shot! I like the many small details here and the sole presentation of the busker. I wonder whether the monkey also is able to dance...;-)
Very informative note!
Greetings from cold but dry Westphalia!
evanrizo (456) 2007-11-25 12:32
You captured a nice-great scene very well framed, the light is a little strong-hard but the details come still good.
skoogmi (39) 2008-02-10 7:29
Bra bild med fina färger och snygg komposition.
serp2000 (43800) 2013-02-07 5:08
Amazing presentation of a street musician life. I think, this is hard work, this is not my cup of tea. Fine details. I see this is your archive photo. Good collection!
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-11-14 19:30
Hello Gunnar, street artists are always nice to watch playing their music and most of them are very talented and have great ideas about making some more money..nice action shot!!
all the best
kato (11630) 2014-04-01 19:27
You're capturing well this street performance by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle which the busker who wears the hat is playing for his puppet while combining with a musical rhythm. A puppet play looks rare although a street performance is the spectacle of often seeing in the street corner in the world.