“I Should Care” – Hank Mobley
“Basin Street Blues” – Ray Charles
“The Two Lonely People” – Bill Evans
“Close As Pages In A Book” – Jimmy Knepper Quintet
“Everybody’s Talking” – Harry Nilsson
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
“Here Am I” – Donald Byrd
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
This is a portrait stolen while drinking a cold coffee in a bar overlooking the beach, off Cap 3000, on the outskirts of Nice. I only had a couple of seconds available, and luckily nobody paid much attention to my 90mm lens.
“From This Moment On” – Mel Torme’
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