Playing With Grit

Posted by
Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 11 December 2018 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Captain Guildive Ajoupa from Saint Nazaire.Pays de la Loire., France

Il n'y a pas d'âge pour faire de la musique.

11 Dec 2018 7:59am

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

Is it the ISO, or did you edit it? It looks like a very old photo.
The title fits very well! :-))

11 Dec 2018 9:05am

@Marjolein: Lots of processing to give me the kind of gritty-city-not pretty feel that I wanted.

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle prise !

11 Dec 2018 9:43am

@Libouton Martine: Merci.

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A great title for this one. A great street image and look at this musician.

11 Dec 2018 10:23am

@Shaun: Down and dirty, brother. Thanks !

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

It took me a while to puzzle out the jaunty angled hat :) Grit is right and a nice surreal framing with the background disembodied leg

11 Dec 2018 10:45am

@grouser: The composition is a hint at the not so subtle suggestion that girls like guitar players, ha ha. His hat strap was actually across his face … what a style... and of course he proudly supports the local NHL team.

omid from mashhad, Iran

Amazing street shot.

11 Dec 2018 11:06am

@omid: Thanks !

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Interesting composition. Particularly, I'm interesting in someone's foot.

11 Dec 2018 11:52am

@Hiro: She was very interested in this street musician, and her stance was … shall we say, inviting? I thought it much more effective and surreal to just crop the shot and show her leg.

existenceartistique from Angers, France


11 Dec 2018 12:19pm

@existenceartistique: Merci.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Your composition and treatment creates drama and interest.

11 Dec 2018 3:18pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks, Ruthie.

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An intriguing image with a lot of effect...

11 Dec 2018 4:43pm

@Adela Fonts: I had a nice crisp exposure of this larger scene, and because of the bluesy dirty stuff he was playing I wanted to dirty it up !

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of this street musician! I can hear the strings being plucked very forcefully. An interesting caveat to the woman's leg that you observed. ;-)

11 Dec 2018 5:54pm

@Steven: A bit of an artistic licence allusion to the old "sex drugs rock and roll" ethos. Thanks, brother.

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

A striking composition, Rick. And after reading the story behind it, I find it fantastic!

11 Dec 2018 6:49pm

@Francisco Romero: Definitely not a textbook compo or pretty image, but for me it speaks of urban scenes that we see which are often gritty and interesting for the human condition. My thanks, Francisco !

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very cool image. I think it would be great in a gritty B&W, too. You find some superb street shots.

11 Dec 2018 7:45pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks a lot, Steve.