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Let's Take it Back to the Old School

By TommyStr
..a quick break from the India shots. Might not leave it up, just a fun weekend upload.

Taken at Blu Jaz cafe a friday night in November, after a b-boy (breakdance) battle which probably gave this grand old man some inspiration Smile


Tags: Photo journalism Think As Old You Are Only Singapore Youre Portraits and people Blu jaz Humour and fun

Voters: riprap007, User_Removed, bliba and 9 more

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User_Removed 14 7 8 Netherlands
3 Feb 2008 9:23AM
this is the kind of photography we hardly see on epz but that attracks everyone's attention in a newspaper or in a Magnum book. It says more than a thousand landscapes. There's a lot of energy in this, sexual energy too, stressed by the guy holding his belt. Don't take it off here. I know, the vote count hurts. But it is good. Bert
Geraint 14 715 34 Wales
3 Feb 2008 9:49AM
Can't really improve on Bert's comments above. I think it's great. Leave it up!
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2268 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2008 10:47AM
Growing old disgracefully. Love it. Please leave this up, it's inspirational.
TommyStr 14 9 3 Norway
3 Feb 2008 11:28AM
Thank you Bert, Geraint and Moira, i'll leave it up then..
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
3 Feb 2008 12:33PM
excellent photography
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
3 Feb 2008 5:11PM
Yes, please leave it up - Geraint said it all - very appealing shot Tommy. You're never too old to feel your oats!
3 Feb 2008 5:21PM
ha... skipped this when seeing the thumb in the gallery. luckily I went to see what you have been up to, and stumbled across it again. Fully agree with Bert. it's a tremendous photo, which - from the thumb can be easily mistaken for a silly party snapshot. but it is really much better than that. It literally breaths life. The old man completely sucks up all attention. his looks - that hat, showing just enough of his face, his shabby pants, his naked upper body with that sun teint giving away what kind of t-shirt he wears during the day - and his body movement - not upto par anymore with the breakdancing boys, but certainly not without a certain grace and cool - really give the photo something special. The youngsters around him are less interesting, but need to be there as their gestures show the mood and atmosphere (even tried a square crop by cropping the clapping hands on the lhs out, but they need to be in there).
It's outstanding as it is now. you could desaturate the red on the t-shirt a bit, and darken the people in the bg a bit, and it might improve the photo somewhat, but this is a good example of a photo where it is wise to ask yourself "do I really want to temper with this ?"
Raw emotions and authenticity... they'll win hands down from technical perfection (and PSed perfection) anytime. Top work Tommy
3 Feb 2008 5:25PM
You do realize though that 3 weeks in a row might lead fellow epz'ers to believe that we are engaged in a passionate relationship and that I might be slightly biased, don't you ?
TommyStr 14 9 3 Norway
3 Feb 2008 5:44PM
LOL..even my girlfriend will start asking questions, so give it to Nic!

I tried the square crop too, but I also figured the clapping hands and all needs to be there. The one time I brought my camera out drinking a half-naked old man with a cool hat steals the show..lucky Smile thanks for the long comment

thank you Anne & Nic

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