This is a shot of a group of living statues who were performing in Grafton Street in South inner city Dublin.
When I came across them this morning, a huge smile came over my face, as this is the exact same group of people that I first encountered in a great shot called Four Men In Black, posted by Malgo (Emka).
Malgo's shot is here :
Being perfectly honest, I found them a little creepy, and I know that at least one of them (lower right) is wearing a mask, but I think the other three just have their faces painted. They were certainly getting quite a crowd, including many children who seemed terrified of them!
When you put some money in the black jug in front of them, all four move slightly, but in perfect unison to show gratitude for the donation, otherwise they remain as still as statues.
I gave a couple of euro to them, as I was standing before them for a couple of minutes to get my shot. As I put my lens cap back on and started to move on, the one on lower left gave me an ever so subtle wave goodbye.
It seems they got a new dog since Malgo photographed them too!
Thanks for looking
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macjake (52184) 2014-03-08 8:01
you know what i find most amusing about this scene......if you look very carefully you'll notice in the bg that thse 4 men chose a spot directly outside of a bank!!!!!!!!!!!
Now thats a great location! If people dont have change ON them, perhaps these chaps thought they could just slip into the bank and come back to put money into their collection bucket :)
It must be a tiny amount of money they collect, since it would have to be divided 4 ways! Everytime i see these street performers, it makes me wonder just how much cash they DO earn in a day.
Fun photo, i'm sure Malgo will get a kick out of it too.
holmertz (37127) 2014-03-08 8:31
These guys must really love their performances (I don't quite understand why), because I find it hard to believe they actually make a living from it. Do they have a government grant for artists? What a weird job, but what a great photo opportunity they provide. Even their new choice of dog benefits the composition.
pajaran (48477) 2014-03-08 9:25
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o maskiranim ljudima sa lutkom psa, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazani maskirani ljudi, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the masked men with dog puppet with a description ...
Nice view and moment ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely displayed masked men, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-03-08 9:26
that´s great my friend!
The scene and the title:)make your work really exceptional!
You knew how to build nice,funny story about this image.
What I like more about it is the way you framed it and of course their facial expressions and poses.And one small detail more I find really brilliant,namely the reflected surrounding in one of the guy(this on the left)sunglasses.
Have a nice weekend
tenretin (2292) 2014-03-08 9:40
You did a nice job with an evocative image.
Good weekend of France.
ManishaJain (291) 2014-03-08 10:55
This is so good shot. Before reading your note I was wondering whether they are real or statues. The standing ones were appearing real while the lower right appeared statue. I could not even make out if the dog was also real. Your note only has clarified that. You have brought their skills so skillfully on the screen that i am amazed.Great!
carlo62 (27700) 2014-03-08 10:56
una scena molto simpatica, questi quattro attori sono fantastici nella loro posa ed è geniale la presenza del cane.
cornejo (28069) 2014-03-08 11:51
Hi Noel, very good picture of this interesting group, very well captured in this image, with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
lousat (72361) 2014-03-08 14:57
Hi Noel,very funny quartet,only the dog isn't living...ehehe....beautiful idea for a very nice pic,impressive quality and bright details,it's nice to see something of different,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
photoray (10195) 2014-03-08 16:01
No "Irish green" in sight in this grey tones candid group of men and one white spotted dog. They do look like statues and a donation bringing them to life might be more terrifying than funny?
Anyway, I thought San Francisco had a monopoly on crazy street performers, and now Dublin is proving me wrong?
Thanks for sharing,
Corry (4508) 2014-03-08 19:45
Belle photo de ces artistes de rue. On dirait vraiment qu'il s'agit de véritables statues. Bonne idée d'ajouter le faux chien pour attirer le regard des passants. Bien fait.
rychem (19523) 2014-03-08 21:55
Very nice photo of of this street performance, without this eyecatching dog it could be an ordynarny scene, the dog adds life to this scene, attractive photo
SnapRJW (29298) 2014-03-08 22:06
I have no idea how these men remain so still Noel and like you they give me an uneasy feeling. Oh yes, they are amusing but I expect them to jump up at any moment and do something nasty! A bit like Madame Tussauds, there they have the waxwork figures and people who aren't waxworks but who look like them until they move, giving you a fright!
The light here is ideal for the subject as the coats have the look of a sculpture with the sheen giving a solid, heavy sort of quality. The shot is so well managed, I've looked at the detail for ages and find the subject quite fascinating.
jjcordier (73312) 2014-03-08 23:42
Je me souviens de la photo de Malgo. Ce groupe de "men in black" (et leur chien) est vraiment bien fait (je suppose qu'ils ont des masques?) et tu en as réalisé une bonne photo.
emka (73329) 2014-03-09 0:05
Hahaha, I love this. I just came by rather fast, you gave them some euros so you could make a better composition. Amazing close up. They are so funny. And the new dog looks better. Certainly the guy with the pipe has a mask. I do not rememeber it. I tried to see if it is possible to recognize you in the glasses but too small it is. Must be great to see them moving. And they obviosly have eye contat with you.
I inspired you even if my visit was so short, first shopping center, now these guys.
Have a great sunny Sunday
marina7 (8049) 2014-03-09 0:10
such a funny one, can't help laughing:)
Love the contrast and all the facial expressions, awesome!
Have a great Sunday!
snunney (79659) 2014-03-09 3:47
They are indeed rather spooky and look as if they belong on the 'dark side'. The dog adds a touch of levity to the scene. Excellent capture, very well presented. I like it!
timecapturer (45241) 2014-03-09 4:27
well this could not be any more different to yesterday's post now could it? Top marks for versatility :-). I remember Malgo's shot and yep! definitely a new dog. They are a bizarre looking foursome and you have captured them superbly. Often wonder what makes people do this and also decide on the characters too. Modern day Bertie Bassetts - wonderful, put a smile on my face too.
Need a bag of Liquorice Allsorts now!
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-09 5:06
What an unique way for these elderly gentlemen (reading your note about wearing mask I might be guessing wrong) to earn some money. It must be painstakingly difficult for them to stay still for long times and it must take them an awful long time to get the make up done and wash it off every day.
As I see a lot of beggars in India, I do not like begging. But here it is different, it is mixed with creativity and hard work. I like the inclusion of the puppet dalmatian which as an perfect addition to the B&W theme. Thanks for sharing a unique moment.
mesutilgim (80076) 2014-03-09 5:15
A topclass and selfexplanatory capture of this Street art performers !
TFS and best regards
mirosu (12544) 2014-03-09 6:26
Wonderful photo, excellently arranged in vertical format. I am always wondering when similar performance how the people can take to stay still like statue for longer time.
You got it in superb light capturing outstanding details. The white dog creates a perfect contrast.
Very well done.
abmdsudi (39634) 2014-03-09 7:41
Real cool here! but I never understand how they manage to stand or sit still for so long. Some of these street entertainers are quite pro at what they do and the costumes they manage to achieve are so well thought out and you're almost compelled to watch. I love the attention to detail, the light, tones and the textures with wonderful expression and the vital 'eye' connection in them, the strongest element here. Lovely catch, congrats
Romano46 (16578) 2014-03-09 9:48
sei traordinario nel descrivere la tua città e questa foto ritrae un angolo simpatico e piuttosto piacevole della stessa.
Alla bellezza del soggetto si somma la perfezione delle ripresa che ne permette la fruizione al meglio.
Ciao e buona domenica
batalay (34753) 2014-03-09 18:09
This is an entertaining shot that is drawing entertaining dialogue. Craig's observation that the scene is in front of a bank, where passersby can draw some cash to give them. Less noble is the possibility that they are in disguise, ready to rob the place. It's a terrific group portrait of the four living statues and their stuffed dalmatian. They should have a bigger black pot, a cauldron to collect money for all this effort.
Incidentally, you can embed a link in some html code that will make it live. For example, the link that you give would appear as
Malgo's shot .
Drop me a note a my email address firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will give you the simple code.
omid266 (3272) 2014-03-09 21:39
** Salam , Hi Noel ,
This is an interesting picture for me ,
from these men an their dog,
very nice captured ,
Thanks for shring and Good Luck ,
Regards , Omid
rogerl (1544) 2014-03-10 9:41
Creepy indeed, particularly the smile on the mask. I do love the fact that they did not paint the dog gray. Nicely captured against a gray background as well. Too bad about the bank machine in the back. Thanks.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-11 11:24
You and Martin are bringing tears to my eyes with laughter.
Love this, especially the toy dog, great capture, Tfs,
ourania (26456) 2014-03-12 13:11
a superb presentation of this still scene in a full vertical frame. The tight framing, that eliminates irrelevant context, allows us to concentrate on the mysterious group with fascination and creates intensity. I enjoy very much how you have played with the theme of stillness and the viewer of your photo is looking at the four intriguing characters with the same anticipation as a viewer actually standing before them (at least I am:) I love the textures and the grey tones, the 3D impression and the reflection in the sunglasses. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
kevhome (74) 2014-03-26 15:59
Great shot Noel, I have seen these guys loads of times and never found the angle, there are always too many people about. Nicely done.
mjw364 (6998) 2014-04-08 2:01
Looks like a black version o fthat well known ageing Irish boy band - U2!
Love the balanced compo and the humour and that spotty dog adds the perfect contrast to the other four. I love the shimmery black tones and highlights - it reminds me of statues, which is exactly what they are supposed to be so I think you got the exposure spot on. Of course the dof with its spots is the complete opposite - the blacks are white and the highlights are spots - so the dog is a kind of "negative" statue!