Whose nose would look pretty and normal after smelling carbon dioxide and other chemicals polluting the air for over 70 years? Steel works are just a killometer away from this settlement. And it was there already when he was a boy.
And his father fought Germans in 1920 during the uprisal.
And his grandfather lived in the same place as he lives now, too.
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barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-03-30 3:34
The nose is...horrible. A pity that someone has it due to work.
Anyway, excellent colours & definition. The composition with the man on the left side is also nice.
Paolo (41222) 2006-03-30 3:39
Wow, what a important nose!
fantastic portrait Jerzy, colorful and perfectly composed with that large background.
excellent focus and light and note.
Furachan (0) 2006-03-30 3:48
Tremendous power to those visuals AND your note, dear Jerzy - this is a portrait with meaning, way beyond the humour implied by the title. All your trademark colorings and tones which are fine, of course but here, there is this added age, the ragged edge...of history.
AMZINCHIA (1082) 2006-03-30 3:51
A nose nearly as big as a window of the three color-house! The cut-in-half image and close-up composition DO hightlight the tight connection between the man and his living environment. Brilliant idea indeed! The hyper-sharp focus on the man's features - nose and also veins, beard - makes his face absolutely fascinating. The snow oblique in the middle acts like a punctuation in the story .... well, it's a GREAT image, telling a TERRIBLE story, and you are a DAMNED GOOD photographer! Cheers, --amz
jlynx (12645) 2006-03-30 3:58
Cokolwiek by nie mówiæ o nosie tego jegomo¶cia, to i kadr i jego tre¶æ, a tak¿e sposób wykonania ¶wiadcz± o bardzo wysokich umiejêtno¶ciach fotografa oraz o jego wielkim poczuciu humory. ¦wietny portret Jurku i do tego to t³o jak Twój osobisty podpis.
Bardzo dobra praca, lubiê takie wykonanie.
ChrisJ (99260) 2006-03-30 4:06
I like the green red & white windows & the shallow dof. Good sharpness & pov, although the highlights in the snow are slightly oe. Well done, & tfs!
pastadog (13111) 2006-03-30 4:12
Hi Jerzy, superb photo with great DOF, details of face very well caught, and nice colors on background, even on the very deep background at center we see a couple of red windows, this is great. Regards, Daniel
jasmis (57824) 2006-03-30 4:21
Czyżby kolega szedł w turpizm? Czekam na ciąg dalszy.
spence (65) 2006-03-30 4:46
Hi Jerzy. It's not the size of the nose that amazes me, as much as its texture and tone....the rest of his face as well. Fantastic to capture his profile with this background providing context and telling us a bit more of his story. Your note is interesting too. Impressive dof, great colours, fascinating image.
Bien (4745) 2006-03-30 4:56
Hi Jerzy, A very poignant note for this strong and intensive portrait. I very much like how he blends with the background, your image really envisages that he is rooted there. Those typical facades I like so much in your shots are excellent here with very appropriate colour tones. I also like the little window in the background captured between his nose and cap. Great work! Sabine
PS I shouldn't fiddle like that, but to my personal taste I feel the letters on the cap work distracting, but of course it doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the image.
entrelec (8328) 2006-03-30 5:01
nice portrait of this man in his daily life environment.
Just colors prevent theese buildings from sadness.
Do they sucess in?
eleparc (24063) 2006-03-30 5:02
He does have a big nose... But don't you think it is also the after effects of too much alcohol (vodka, to name it) in his life? Alcohol makes this kind of spungy skin on the nose from my short medical experience... As for the shot itself, i love the way the red spot on the cheek and the red nose echoo in the red window panels of the houses next door;-)
Would cropping under the top of the cap improve the shot, to avoid having this piece of roof behind? i wonder...not sure though, just wondering
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-03-30 5:23
He does have not only a big nose but a colourful one,
great profile portrait, nice background
feather (51130) 2006-03-30 6:22
I'm still amazed at the detail and clarity in your portraits; we can see every hair, every pore, every wrinkle, even his veins. Excellent work
maki (0) 2006-03-30 6:25
Kolejna ciekawa historia. Nos jako pretekst do pokazania kawalka slaskiej rzeczywistosci... niezly pomysl. Portret w twoim stylu, ale jeszcze fajniej prezentuje sie otoczenie w tle z kamienica o kolorowych ramach okien. podoba mi sie. pozdr. maki
jinju (14265) 2006-03-30 6:58
Now Jerzy, thats not nice!
OTOH its a very strong portrait. Why do we love to photograph things like this? be it poverty or ugliness? I think that maybe they speak to us more, theres more "meat" to that than to something pretty. Thats why photos of war will always be considered more substantial than landscapes.
gebala (0) 2006-03-30 8:20
witaj, o matko ale ma nochala:) ale o modelach nie wolno sie wypowiadac:) super pokazane, swietnie wykadrowane:) podoba mi sie bardzo:)pozd serd
red45 (1633) 2006-03-30 10:17
Gosh ;-) He's got big nose and Power on his cap :-) Something like red Mars surface. Another great portrait of interesting man. I like composition with blurred house in BG. Tricolour windows look great.
jhm (140054) 2006-03-30 11:21
You placed excellent these man on the just side of your picture, absolutely sharp an clear, good portrait, yes a nose, I think everyone have a nose but maybe not live in bad air as these person.
You did good job!
Rossignol (2289) 2006-03-30 16:15
Very strong character study - they say a picture is worth a thousand words - as Feather has pointed out, there is incredible detail in this man's face, you could write pages and not describe it as effectively as your photo does. Excellent use of short depth of field to blur out the background but retain enough detail to reveal the urban setting.
KevRyan (22952) 2006-03-30 20:42
I sense a certain kind of acceptance from this guy - acceptance of his life, acceptance of his surroundings, acceptance of his past and acceptance of you the photographer - there is something about him too that reminds me of our friend the hunter - I'm sure really quite different people and personalities but there is still something i see in this man that I see which connects them both - perhaps it's just the age - perhaps that's just where we are going next J!! ..but then i don't think so - the world is explored differently by a photographer - acceptance is for more settled souls!
Man - just finished work 30 minutes ago - long day - 9.30 am - 2 am - need sleep!! ciao
PeterC (2242) 2006-03-30 21:28
An immensely powerful potrait. Very unofogvigin light and beautiful colours. A strong photograph in its own, with your note this takes on a whole new meaning and goes to another level. Superb shot.
designsoul (21492) 2006-03-30 23:37
From the title I thought it would be a Cyrano piece, but no, this one is far more serious... the nose that may show so many things, certainly of a non-Hollywood life lived by this man. Interesting colouration, his red nose (be it from alcohol, illness, carbon dioxide or just age and cold)is echoed by the red bricks and even red windowsills... a really elegiac feel in his eyes...
a very nice and sad work!
Angshu (55914) 2006-03-31 4:03
A fantastic portrait shot. I like the nose as the centre of attention & the shallow DOF to blur the background. The clarity is superb. All your portait shots are absolutely marvellous
peck (2779) 2006-03-31 5:35
wrociles do ludzi :)) i dobrze, bo to zdjecie jest niesamowite!! Pieknie rysuje ta Sigma a a nad reszta Ty swietnie panujesz :)) Dobry strzal!!
faubry (35405) 2006-03-31 8:17
hello Jerzy, very impressive nose!!!like Cyrano...i like this composition, good focus
hajle (1087) 2006-04-01 3:48
super fota goscia z oryginalnym nochalem:>
rewelacyjne ujecie z boku, ciekawa kolorystyka, czy naturalna? czy to efekt PS?
Polonaise (5802) 2006-04-02 19:51
Sztuczki waćpan wyczyniasz, nochala do okien a czapke do dachow ustawiasz w kolorki.
Czy nie ma na calym Śląsku kogos kto napada na fotografow i kradnie im aparaty? A gdzie tradycje wspaniale, z pokolenia na pokolenie?
Klnę sie na Boga ze ty musisz byc jakos zatrzymany, bo mnie wpędzisz do domu wariatow.
alekpet (4663) 2006-04-03 5:51
Beautiful portrait of not so beautiful nose, I like how it is combined with that house. Tough shot, but you've done a masterpiece with the sharpening. I like how that snow is put into pieces, like a painting.
That's a good effect, if an effect is really used.
- Copyright: Jerzy Bucki (bantonbuju) (51781)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-30 3:23