Dublin

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!

Simple things

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In Grafton Street, Dublin, you never get bored: an army of street performers takes care of your entertainment. Stationed along the path, they do their best to impress the by-passers and earn some cash. Grafton street is only 180 m long and 6 m wide, but that afternoon at least nine talented performers gathered crowds and made the street lively providing all sort of amusements.

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The biggest and the most happily looking crowd surrounded a young couple creating giant soap bubbles.

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Simplicity and magic of their performance was truly fascinating.

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The little ones ran around catching the bubbles; the grown-ups just stood there, staring in awe.

Simple things. What our life would look like without them?

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Cuteness of a baby animal; a delicate flower…

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… a green leaf…

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… a barley spikes moving in the wind…

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“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”  – Italian actress Eleonora Duse 

Even successful relationships are based on accumulation of the simple things that people do together.  Simple like that.

One of my favorites – Zero 7 and their album Simple Things.

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IneseMjPhotographyHave a great weekend!

Street Pride

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If you want to live a happy and fulfilling life focus on the best in people and in yourself. Sometimes the same rule goes for street photography:)

There are a few images from Dublin Pride 2013 (unfortunately I didn’t make it to Dublin this year). The images were taken after the parade was over.

Gardai look tired. It was a busy day.

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I liked that hat, it is why I asked them for a picture:)

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This lovely dog came to Dublin from Brazil.

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Coachman and his son are amused by the fluffy Brazilian:)

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I have got many images of this lovely old lady. I like this one for a reason: follow her eyes, they are staring right at the bare chest of that hot Brazilian fella in the right corner:)

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This sweet couple enjoyed themselves, especially the gentleman: He was chatting with everyone in his reach ( I put a picture of them in my previous  blog post)

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Some people were rushing through the crowd as fast as they could. Locals want to get home, they are tired of the crowded streets.

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Late evening. This texting street performer is too tired of real people. With no one around it is nice to share a quiet company, at last.

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Hope you like this evening in Dublin. Click on the images to enlarge them a little: they are all reasonable size images. I didn’t  post pictures from the parade:  people’s faces tell more stories than their fancy dresses ( except that cute yellow hat :)…).  But my next post… It is about something very special, and plenty of elaborated garments too 😉 Talk to you Friday!

Photography tip of the day: Black&white images focus on the story with no distractions. Great for portraiture, architectural details, lines, shapes, textures, light/shadows, mismatched colors in your composition, and for improving bland uninteresting images you still want to keep.

inesemjphotographyHave a great week!