Munich, 06 January, 12 ° Celsius. There are many people in the city. The street artist sat at Sendlinger Tor. Some people took photos and went without a word. Her eyes asked not just to photograph, but also to give her some money. I gave her some money, - and she threw a kiss to me.
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fanni (14377) 2014-01-06 12:00
I really like this photo! it's a beautiful but very sad portrait, and I like it that you converted it into B&W picture - this helps us see the essence of the scene better.
Your note reminded me of a similar case when I was in Strasbourg.
It was +35C in the shade, and I was in the centre of the city... and then I saw a lady - a street artist. I still can't understand how she managed to wear her heavy costume and, besides, that golden paint on her face! but I guess such was her way of making a living.. perhaps it was the best and only job she could have. She looked sad, too.
willperrett (5876) 2014-01-06 12:10
Glad you gave her some money. What was she doing? Human statue (i.e. nothing) I guess. As ever, the monochrome treatment is just right for such a shot. I like the quiet eye contact you've caught.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2014-01-06 14:12
so many earning their money this way these days, i think we've had this discussion before ~ if you photograph, pls tip.
very silvery. she carries the atmosphere of a character from a gothic novel.
nice one, wolfgang ~
lousat (72181) 2014-01-06 14:37
Hi Wolfgang,magnificent street artist and spectacular capture too,looks like a staute in a peinture! What a pose,what a light and what a details,truly impressive,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
tatadalou (5641) 2014-01-06 14:49
Excellent shot of this street artist. There's a great light and a nice expression in her eyes. Great use of B&W here.
abmdsudi (39482) 2014-01-06 21:32
When I first saw the thumbnail I thought it is a waxwork!
A very nice detailed close shot of a gloomy woman in deep thoughtful expression, is either depressed, bored or really involved in some serious deep thinking! But you have really captured the look and emotion really well, and the eye says alot there - being the most powerful element in this shot imho. This is an excellent portrait and appealing pp works well presented. It seemed a moment of sadness... Great!
emka (73115) 2014-01-06 23:51
hello Wolfgang. I always admire these street performers. how creative they are and how hard is their work. Always is for me mystery if they are paid or only get money from the people? it happens to me (shame!) that i make photos without paying. you were more generous so you were rewarded with a kiss. Excellent shot.
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snunney (79491) 2014-01-07 2:47
A very fine portrait of this rather sad-faced living statue in her glistening costume. Excellent presentation in this well suited black and white image that has a fine range of tonal values. Not an easy way of earning a living, especially in winter.
holmertz (37011) 2014-01-07 3:02
This is an excellent portrait, very naturally converted to B&W. While it is interesting to watch it also makes me a bit sad. There are so many people these days all over Europe who are forced to do the strangest kinds of jobs to survive. Our continent seems to be going down the drain. Her eyes pain my conscience.
rigoletto (34197) 2014-01-07 6:15
ouch! she beats the viewer with her gaze! what a stark and penetrating look she has on her face, i am almost freaking out :) very good side light and a delicious array of grey tonalities in there. but i am still struck by her gaze. it has been long that i've been moved by an eye contact on TE pages. bravo.
saxo042 (36904) 2014-01-07 11:29
A very good portrait! But it is hard to say which one of the two versions you present here is the best one. Her facial make up is not so obvious here as in the WS version. But on the other hand, does this matter? This is by itself a very good picture which shows the character of face and you do not have to bother about any make up or so.
COSTANTINO (51242) 2014-01-08 3:31
a usual daily scenery in my city too
unfortunately this person asks money
one shot is one thousand words
InasiaJones (31350) 2014-01-08 15:59
I had a look at the workshop, and as I was anticipating, I think that the black and white version suits your subject the best - and I am not the greatest fan of B&W, except for street shots.
This opinion is surely influenced by the quality of your conversion, with beautiful contrasts and meticulously rendered details. The white chalk line appearing on the wall behind your subject gave me the impression that a jet of water was coming out of her turban, at first glance... :-p))
These people aren't posing in the streets for the fun of it, and of course they are expecting money in return of photo opportunity and for amusing kids. You did the right thing by offering her money, and my photographic motto is always the same: if you take, you give. And she gave you a lot.
cornejo (27937) 2014-01-09 4:23
Hello Wolfgang, excellent photograph of this person, (I think more than a photograph is an x-ray) in his eyes there is something more than a glance. You have perfectly captured the language of his gaze, interesting image, with very good clarity and quality. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
Wanda1 (14942) 2014-01-09 22:01
Great portrait of this performer. She certainly has a theatrical look about here and the lighting seems as of on a stage too. Love the rough brick background which contrasts so well with her, and black and white was absolutely the right choice to go with the mood of the image.