People in the streets

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What is street photography? Almost everything! Photographing street scenes, public events and human characters; landmarks and architecture, urban environment, transportation… Plus colors, patterns, shadows… Simply everything.

People walk in the streets, but they also do many other things.  They sell and buy stuff, sometimes quite amazing, like this green cat…

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… or this hand-made jewelry. Well, the sellers can be remarkable too.

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This young man is not texting. He is reading. Not good for the sales, but good for him. I took this picture because of the color arrangement: red parasol and hoodie –  blond hair and wooden kitchenware.

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More amazing stuff, and the artist himself is a character.

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Street vendors in NYC are not different from their colleagues in  the rest of the world. It is an old photograph – I wonder if anything has changed.

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People also perform in the streets.   I already posted about the street performers in Dublin. This guy was spotted in Belfast.

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That’s NYC again.

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Tall Ships festival in Waterford.

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Dublin Pride – this girl came all the way from Brasil. A spectator in his underpants could be from anywhere – could be a time travelling gone wrong…

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This band was actually brilliant, but the streets were empty: beach party in progress.

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This guy is a reggae musician Cian Finn. I had no idea when I spotted him in Cork and asked for a photograph. Things happen 🙂

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People use electronic devices in the streets.

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People sometimes cook in the streets.

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People are generally friendly and happy. They pose if asked nicely.

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People chat with strangers.

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Unhappy people protest, usually peacefully…

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… or use electronic devices…

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Some people stay in the streets most of their time.

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Some people own terrific cars and look darn cool, like this Italian policeman. In 2004, Lamborghini donated two Lamborghini Gallardo police cars to the Polizia di Stato on their 152nd anniversary. On the 31st November 2009 one of these 165,000-euro cars was badly damaged in a collision near the northern Italian town of Cremona where it was on display at a student jobs fair. It was repaired in January 2010. I took this photograph of the famous Lamborghinis in Tivoli in March 2010, and consider myself very lucky for being in the right place at the right time 🙂

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Some people own bikes, like this shiny one. I was circling around it long enough to get arrested 🙂

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Some people just wait for their bus.

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Most of people walk…

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… and cast shadows if the day is sunny.

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Most of the days are not sunny here, it is why  I am posting a sad song for you:  Johnny Cash – Streets of Laredo.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!

110 comments

  1. What a perfectly delightful array of street photos here, Inese. Lots of unique variety from the Italian policeman with the Lamb. to the man on stilts. It’s truly fascinating to see all these photos, and each one is terrific — but my favorite is the reggae musician with the crow. Great post Inese. 😀

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I don’t have as wide a variety of wild animals around as you have in Africa, so I am hunting humans, sometimes 😉

  2. Nice pictures!
    I love to watch people.
    Somtimes I go to railwaystation Amsterdam Central just to watch the people passing by.
    With a cup of coffe in my hands I watch the traffic hours at the station.
    Gives me a restfull feeling.

    Kind regards,

  3. Wonderful images, i was wondering if you been stopping by multipemichael.wordpress.com?

      1. Like those magickal guys from the outback!

        And i even get a sticker, i so love stickers…

    1. Thank you so much! I have never heard of him either – a younger friend opened my eyes after seeing the picture 🙂 I had no idea whom I talked to, he was just a guy sitting in the grass and eating his cookies 🙂 A crow was trying to steal his food, and it was so funny that I asked for a picture. Just another case of luck 🙂

  4. How beautiful you took us through this journey with you. It was like watching a movie with narrative. My favorite category of photography is street photography, and you were able to explain why so perfectly with your writing here. I love what you captured across the world, and what caught your eye. I once started a project that I only made it partially through, 100 portraits. It was a way to get out of my comfort zone and really learn to talk to people and use my camera. It’s hard to ask random strangers for a photo, but you are right. If you ask very nicely … 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Alisa! So, what about your project? Do you have some of these portraits on your blog somewhere? Would be great to see them – I am sure they are excellent as everything you do. What I think – our life is too short as we all know, so, if I really, really like a close up photograph of somebody in the street, I will ask for it and won’t miss my chance and regret later. Right ? 🙂
      Thank you again for taking time to visit! Have a wonderful week!

  5. Fabulous photos and post Inese. Loved the Irish harp and reggae video music. And being a JC fan, also the Streets of Laredo, which I hadn’t heard before. But I’m hugely impressed with both your memory/and or filing system to be able to put together a post like this of images from several years back, all with a similar theme…
    Have a sunny outlook week, even if it rains…like it looks like it will here…
    BW
    Julian

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Julian. Many photographs are sitting in my folders and I am glad to use them here and there 🙂 This blog looks like a right place – these photographs are not ambitious works of art, but rather a closer look at a human being next doors.
      Have a nice week!
      Inese

  6. I love the way you always present a subject, as if I was a new born and someone is telling me about something I haven’t known yet. The Dublin Pride pic&comment made me laugh out loud!! Thanks for sharing your unique point of view.
    Have a great Sunday xx

  7. Stunning gallery…. I truy liked these pics… Great shots, dear Inese.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂 All the best to you!, Aquileana 😀

    1. Thank you for your kind comment dear Aquileana! Each has their own work and purpose – you are writing about Gods, I am taking pictures of humans:)
      All the best! 🙂

  8. What a great collection of street photographs – and from so many fifferent places! They’re all just humming with activity and people enjoying themselves. I love the quiet one of the boy reading, and that green cat is just excellent. You have captured all the scenes so well!

  9. streets are such a colorful, diverse and dynamic place… and you have illustrated this with your photos so well… great street characters there!!

  10. A remarkable portfolio, Inese. Cian Finn was an amazing discovery. When walking over Westminster Bridge I am sometimes asked by tourists to take their photos.

    1. Thank you for reading, Derrick! Some tourists ask me too 🙂 Once I met a young couple in the middle of a bluebell woods, and they asked me for a picture 🙂 Most of the times I ask for a photograph myself, especially if I see a lovely couple – single strangers are less cooperative, but I had been lucky on a few occasions 🙂 People are lovely in general, aren’t they.

    1. Thank you so much for reading! I cannot see your link, unfortunately. Could you please copy and paste the address again? I only see square brackets…

  11. What a wonderful treat to actually see your view of the world! I just love photographs as they each tell so many stories! I offer my overwhelming gratitude for your work in posting and describing each. I cannot travel and just love to see the places I long to go from a personal viewpoint instead of a magazine. Thank you and May God bless you in abundance. Hugs!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Tina! I am delighted you liked the glimpse of my life 🙂 Not traveling anymore myself, just visiting with my family, that’s it, but I have many photographs taken over the years and glad to share them.
      I hope you are well. Sending you good vibes and the best Irish blessings.
      Hugs!!!

  12. Hi Inese. This was a lively fun post. Thanks for all the happy colorful pictures. I’m sorry you’re in a rather blue mood — but your choice of this Johnny Cash song was perfect too. Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend. Huge hugs 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Teagan! I did my best to make the post somewhat fun, and I think that the Johnny Cash song helped a lot – it was so sad that the Nature had mercy and bestowed us with a beautiful sunny day today.
      Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!!!

  13. You covered everything about steet photography and people life on streets. I enjoyed every sceen of it. I have been to Galway recently and have seen street performer there. It was fun.

    1. Wow, Galway! There is a cool guy living in Galway, a reggae musician, forgot his name… Sure they have many other performers. Hope you loved your trip! Have a great weekend!

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