Monday, October 8, 2012

Street Candids 5

Faces! The thing that draws me to people on the street is their faces. Seriously, I don't take photos of just anybody that walks by. If you've been here for a while and have seen my street candid photos, you'd have to agree that most of them either have a classic face or an unusual presence.  To me, these two guys are perfect!

This gentleman was manning the grill at a Greek food stall at the weekly Palm Springs street fair.  I LOVE his face!  If you ever find yourself in the southern California desert on a Thursday, you won't be sorry if you save some time for this weekly event. EVERY Thursday evening. Music, food, art and tons of people!

I can't be sure whether or not this guy is homeless, but I am sure that he's one of the fringe people you see where ever people are gathered. Many people are afraid of them, but I think they're pretty interesting and usually have a good story to tell.  Either way, that face was screaming at me to take a photo. It was late afternoon and the light was perfect.

More to come...


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36 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That last guy does have the perfect face for a photo. In both, the black and white really capture the character.

sage said...

You're right, they have pretty interesting stories and that face makes me want to know more. Good shot.

mshatch said...

I like the last one, too.

Seriously Though said...

I feel like I'm "there" waiting on my gyro in the first one. I can feel the guys energy in serving through the photo. The other guy looks like a friend of mine's dad. LOL.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Faces are what get me started on stories, too. These faces are full of "story"! Black and white was the right choice, too. There is something so evocative about black and white portraits.

TexWisGirl said...

i like that second fellow. very nice.

Baby Sister said...

I love faces. I love people watching. It's so interesting, and it always makes me wonder what stories people have to tell. Love these pictures, Pat.

Sylvia K said...

I love your faces for the day, Pat! Fascinating! I always wonder what the story behind them is! Terrific! I look forward to more!!

Pam Tucker said...

I agree, Pat. Perfect faces! :-)

Ms. A said...

These are great! I'm still not brave enough to shoot strangers, unless they happen to be in the background when I'm shooting something else. (but I can't bring myself to specifically focus on them)

Brian said...

I think I will have the Philly Steak please!

Nat said...

Interesting characters :-)

becca said...

Love the last one

Betty Manousos said...

the last one is my favourite.

i am loving your candid photography, pat!

wishing a great week ahead~

Icy BC said...

They are fantastic candid shots, Pat, and the monochrome really stood out..

They seem to have stories to tell!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Yes, he clearly has a fascinating story to tell. Great shots.

xoRobyn

Jimmy said...

I agree, there is a story within each person, but some just seem to tell it better, great captures Pat.

Chuck said...

Really great human interest shots Pat. It's true, that second guy you really would have to be wary of...at least in Dallas!

The first shot is a powerful one...and I would love me some baklava right about now!

Stickup Artist said...

Among the many choices I like in these images are the inclusion of context in image #1, and the exclusion of context in the second. Those two choices were perfect for the subjects and enhance both beautifully.

#1Nana said...

I like how the last one is framed...it's sort of a window into another world.

Ms. Becky said...

I love them both. have you seen the work of Vivian Maier? Her street photography is wild and excellent.
(but I don't agree with what the owners are currently doing with it). I'm generally intimidated from practicing this particular style of photography but I love seeing what others capture. nice job. happy day to you Pat.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great faces. We stayed one winter in Desert Hot Springs (the low-rent district) and drove over to this market several times -- it is wonderful!! Thanks for the pix and the memories.

Carol Kilgore said...

I can see why you like these faces. I love the way the top man is working the flat top. He's having fun!

John McElveen said...

Coffee Table Book! Put me down for one!

J

Erika said...

These are wonderful. And I really want a bite of whatever the Greek guy is making.

Betsy Adams said...

Photographing unusual faces has to be fun, Pat. Makes one wonder what they are thinking (or not thinking)... ha
Betsy

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Your perspective on the last guy is truer than many know. They do have a story but many people are put off by their bearing or clothes. It takes a willing person to hear or tolerate them. Good capture.

Anthony J. Langford said...

Once again, these are great shots, beautifully observed. There are many people in the world with whom society ignores. Nice to see them up close for a change.

Jenny said...

'All around me are familiar places, worn out faces...'

I love Greek men. Seriously. The shape of their heads...the baldness...I dunno...it's a thing with me!

Not to mention their ability to work with phyllo dough.

Stereotyping?

Who?

Me?

That bottom picture tells a story all by itself. Where has he been? What has he seen? I think of people as children once...with dreams and joys.

There's a Nanci Griffith song, "I once was a lot like you, I shared a dream I couldn't make come true, I was a child who wrote their name upon a frost window pane..."

Thanks for this great post.

Sorry for my musical interlude comment.

Anonymous said...

I just added your web page to my bookmarks. I enjoy reading your posts. Thank you!

Cezar and Léia said...

You have such clever eyes, I like a lot the faces, it's a great series!
Léia

M Pax said...

Those are very interesting faces. You've a great eye.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic post, I really look forward to updates from you.

Mynx said...

I love these photos. Dont you dare try to tell me that you are no artist. These are beautiful

tapirgal said...

These are great faces! You have more courage than I. Someday I'll get up the nerve, then I'll just tell them, "Pat said it was OK," when they get mad at me.

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

faces...eyes... It's difficult to get the eyes and not have these people know you are stealing their souls...
Good work.
Rosemary