PEOPLE OF THE 21st CENTURY

Street philosopher
Street philosopher

As many of you know, August Sander, the great German photographer,  wished to make a catalogue of people of his time, divided by profession. He took portraits of peasants, construction workers or artisans and they were meant to form a comprehensive review of society called “People Of The 20th Century”.

In my weekly meanderings I like to take street portraits of people that strike my attention, and slowly these photographs have started filling up the hard drive. I realized, that something ties these images, but instead of seeing these individuals as members of a guild or profession, I am more interested in their human expression, in what is it that they behave and appear like. Most of the photographs have been taken in Nice.

“Philosopher’s Stone” – Van Morrison

PORTRAITS ON THE FLY # 8

Just friends
Just friends

To finish the first run of the “Portraits on the fly” series, I coud not omitt a portrait with our best friends. I rarely ask for a photo in the street, but in this case I did. The gentleman permitted, but I can read some apprehension on his face, as if he was wondering if I will respect him and his dog. To me, this is a beautiful example of a friendship between sentient beings.

“Just friends” – Grant Green

PORTRAITS ON THE FLY # 6

Day dreaming
Day dreaming

This lady is one of the daughters of Blandine, who runs one of my favourite cafe’s in Nice: “Les Causeries de Blandine”. If all goes well, I will make a small exhibitions of photographs about Nice there next month.

When I saw her seated in the tight corner with a big lamp right behind, I wasn’t very confident about a possibility of making a decent portrait, but luckily, she got distracted for a moment, and the wonderful 65/4 lens of Bronica RF at 1/15th and wide open made the rest of the miracle.

BTW – this is a post nr.200

“Daydream” – The Lovin’ Spoonful