I saw this couple in a street of Pärnu, a small town on the Estonian Baltic coast. I have no idea who - or what - the figure in the strange brown dress was. Maybe a street performer dressed as a Nordic troll (similar to a leprechaun or an elf), maybe a remote controlled doll or - who knows? - a real live troll.
The troll was standing in the street without moving an inch. Only when someone dropped a coin in the cap lying in the street did he/she/it take a few steps, without moving, and bend the head slightly for a few seconds.
Everyone passing by was startled by this strange creature and soon a small crowd had gathered. This woman was not the only one who tried to look the troll straight into its eyes to find out who, or what, this really was.
You can see other peoples' reactions in two workshops.
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subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2013-07-08 10:29
namaste Gert, interesting moment from street life... Interesting posture of the lady bending forward with a curious mood. Excellent presentation... Enjoyed it. Tfs.
rychem (24048) 2013-07-08 10:33
You have great series of photosof street scenes in Estonia, this is an interesting one, perfectly observed and captured
abmdsudi (43720) 2013-07-08 10:48
Your description made me smile lol. It's great fun watching the very strange looking troll who prabably just arrived from the Artic but I can't believe how much detail and patience goes into creating his outfits. This troll must be tiring to stand around all the time and trolls get older too! Great street candid and the tight crop with strong focus on the hero, and the leaning woman gives animation to the picture. Thanks for putting a smile on my face. Congrats
Excellent additional photos, imho No1 is the winner for me.
Miguel82 (24285) 2013-07-08 11:18
Amazing shot Gert, maybe a street performer I think so
Excellent capture, he is dressed as a local troll
EstudioChispa (2006) 2013-07-08 11:38
It is certainly a meeting of two very different worlds and times. You have shown the mutual curiosity very effectively.
One day when someone lands on this planet from another star, I hope things go this smoothly. :-)
pajaran (52636) 2013-07-08 11:47
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan gospodin sa maskom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Nice view and a moment ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice gentleman shown in the mask.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
Fis2 (86333) 2013-07-08 13:55
Good frame and colors.
Royaldevon (30267) 2013-07-08 14:23
I love the suspended animation between the two figures. It is easy to offer different scenarios for what is happening! Whatever, it is sharp and engaging!
I have been to towns which have had scarecrow trails or festivals and here, some scarecrows have been humans, which have responded with movement when anyone dropped a coin in their pot. It looks very similar.
My warm regards,
Nicou (123314) 2013-07-08 19:58
Quelle vue et scène sueprbe un rencontre entre une jolie dame et un monstre quelle image et captage j'espère qu'elle ne s'est pas faite mangée.
Bravo et amitié
emka (79992) 2013-07-08 23:50
Hi Gert. Funny reaction of the people. rt, I like all three photo with hidden camera. You should know better what it could be. I think that the trolls are a bit different. This is rather scary. Amusing series, presented in excellent way.
I am amazed how creative all these street performers are. And who pays for their hard job? To stand for hours with no move must be very tiring.
Warm regrads Malgo
My today's post will be inspired by you and John :)
jhm (140090) 2013-07-09 5:01
I believe that this is a real man or woman as street worker.
We see in foreground the small money gift tray.
Also the young lady is very curious.
Composition and presentation are pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (61210) 2013-07-09 6:10
J'aime cette photo car elle raconte une histoire et saisit un moment privilégie qu'est la rencontre de ces deux personnages qui semblent jouer.
saxo042 (37578) 2013-07-09 9:16
Ja, vad gör man inte för pengar? Du fick iallafall en rolig bild på denna gatuartist, fast flickan är ju snyggare. Betalade du honom något för bilderna?
ourania (32169) 2013-07-09 11:00
all three pictures are very interesting, it's fascinating to observe the puzzlement of the viewers in front of the "troll" and its stillness. It's interesting to study the body language and infer possible thoughts and words it could convey. (You've done it too in your notes:) I wonder what children's reactions would be. Your vertical frames allow enough space and great depth for the scenes to be displayed, the lighting is effective and the colours natural and vivid. The troll must have been extremely hot that warm day in the sunshine. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
bayno (18342) 2013-07-09 11:19
nice scene, I saw all three photos that do well to understand the context, the photo that I prefer is the one with the blonde lady...almost looks like a duel ;) however good the quality of the three shots, nice even light...
serp2000 (40394) 2013-07-09 14:27
Humorous category ))
Amazing street scene. It reminds me La Rambla in Barcelona and Vienne. Just a typical "make money" amusement. Great timing shot! She needs to tell...
fabbs99 (16489) 2013-07-09 22:47
Interesting moment with the girl trying to find out who this strange creature was.Superb pov and exposure.Very appealing and attractive composition. Well done.TFS.
kordinator (18606) 2013-07-10 1:47
Nice street life and daily life scene.
Interesting motive for your new work and beautiful too.
Great and original photo job.
eldancer1 (28529) 2013-07-10 7:50
Awesome timing and capture of those two interacting. We have a few of those characters in Las Vegas, they are good for cheap entertainment. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-07-10 11:36
la parola troll mi è sempre stata simpatica tanto che ho in un lungo ed estenuante concorso fotografico ho capeggiato una squadra che si chiamava "Gli amici dei Troll" ed aveva come logo un buffo rappresentante immaginario di queste leggende nordiche.
Questo per dirti quanto mi appaiono simpatici questi personaggi , veri o falsi che siano e la tua foto coglie un attimo di spontaneità che li ricorda con tanta simpatia.
Ciao e buona serata
delpeoples (53167) 2013-07-11 3:18
Hallo dear Gert
hehehehehe what a funny scene. It looks like your troll has just scared this poor girl :) My best friend is Norwegian and I am well aware of the importance of trolls in Nordic tales. Perhaps he has escaped from one of your Swedish fairy tales :) A lovely, light-hearted and quirky street scene. Great job and thanks for the laugh it gave me.
marabu61 (8593) 2013-07-11 6:20
It may well be a real Troll or rather Tontu as the estonian language is close to the finnish one.
The time and passion these street artists put in to their costumes is sometimes amazing. And I admire their patience to stand there for a whole day just for peanuts.
Very nice catch here with the intrigued girl trying to unsettle the Tontu.
Silvio1953 (123643) 2013-07-11 12:23
Ciao Gert, nice scene, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Urs (14082) 2013-07-11 18:16
Strange troll indeed, but at least this person tries to give passer-bys a funny show to earn some money. The woman tried hard but I guess she had no success to unveil the secret behind the troll. Good light management of this fine action shot. Well done
bukitgolfb301 (36228) 2013-07-11 21:51
Hi dear Gert
Very amazing snap shot in town full of humor.
I cannot help stopping laughing.
You captured perefct momet in the best timing.
Thanks a lot and best regards, Takero
zoomer (6) 2013-07-12 9:34
Hi,that is a 'Beauty and the Beast' scene.Perfect colors and detail,love their attitude.Friendly regards,Wolf.
macjake (57074) 2013-07-12 10:46
I have a feeling you don't like Las Vegas, BUT...if you ever visit there (perhaps you already have?) you would love all the People photos to be had!
There are many scene's like this one. Personally, these always make me stop and chuckle, but i don't really think of photographing them.
I often wonder how hot it is in those costumes!
kinda creepy, kinda funny :)
see you around
nikkitta (14858) 2013-07-17 19:07
Smiling and writing, what a funny interesting note and WS, but this is the winner
Like the way you captured them, they seem so interested one in another, may be the beginning of a romance?
Good street capture
maloutim (9637) 2013-08-03 14:51
Nice, funny street performance with the scary :-) troll and its onlookers.
I like their expressions and the attitude and dress of the "monster".
Humoristic way of presenting it in your note.
Tigerlily (3107) 2013-08-28 1:55
Just come around to have a look your photos...
Wonderfully captured image, enjoy the sense of humour.Interesting conversation..:-D
Didi (57256) 2014-03-22 8:30
Interesting scene of daily life
Good decisive moment
claudeD (33258) 2014-10-27 2:37
I like this very funny and original picture very much. You did an excellent fotojob here.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg