I was wandering Chinatown in Melbourne after midnight for a couple of hours, as my flight arrived late that night. I was hungry and the beauty of a big city is there is always something good to eat 24/7.
In this case, Chinatown in Melbourne. After a great meal in a cheap unpretentious Chinese place, I heard signing down the narrow street, and spotted this lady signing in Mandarin (or Cantonese, I am not sure..).
A homeless man watched and smiled, as the icy cold air filtered through, the song and smells from the food warmed the air.
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worldcitizen (8576) 2013-11-07 9:50
There's a kind of urban poetry in this photo. It reinforces the fact that there are millions of personal stories in big cities, and this moment, frozen in time, is like a peak into three of them. I really like the mood...
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-07 11:52
the sensibility of furachan here (do you remember him?)
the delicacy i happen to see here is about "who is interested in the music and who is not?"
great dof of the city lying deep behind the walking gentleman. very urban, very cool, plus a story to tell.
EstudioChispa (2174) 2013-11-08 7:09
Wow, Justin... your fast lens really paid off here. This composition is brilliant -- the singer, in sharp focus, contrasts with the pedestrian who is as far away (in the frame) as possible, already presenting his urban defense of disinterest. But the element that makes this image great is the soft-focus look at the homeless man. In a sense, this is how we see the homeless most times, anyway -- they are there, but they are out of phase, even when they are sufficiently cognizant to be observing some other happening on the street.
As they say here, "Well seen." And thanks for sharing!
- Copyright: Justin Button (Juzo) (4199)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D3000, Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G
- Exposure: f/1.8, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-07 3:20