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The Great Charlie Burns

I took this whilst visiting the famous Brick Lane in London. This was an artists drawing on a brick wall . The man in it is Charlie Burns , a very well known market trader , who spent almost all his life working on the market , in Brick Lane .

Tags: Photo journalism General Black and white Specialist and abstract Portraits and people Humour and fun


paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2014 7:47AM
I rather like this. Interesting and amusing. It would have been nice to get the 'C' of Charlie in frame. Not sure about your conversion. It seems a bit flat nd lacking in contrast. Difficult without seeing the original wall.

I assume you convert in software and do not set mono in the camera. I think a bit more contrast and density would help this. It is good, but just lacks hat final punch.

banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4161 Canada
10 Oct 2014 2:11PM
Its a very good piece if wall art. And the shot is good too. Just needs that bit of contrast as Paul mentioned.

I also did a mod, and removed that table (?) bottom left, and added a C.


ALSFOTOS 8 1 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2014 2:46PM
thank you for your comments , i like the modifications .
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2156 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2014 5:14PM
I may be wrong, Alan, but I am assuming that Charlie is no longer with us, and that this is a sort of memorial to him.
It's very well done, with lots of character, and the eyes are sparkling with those catchlights.
It makes me wonder just how big this is.
When in the antiques trade, I often visited Brick Lane, and you've brought back some memories.

I like the way the brickwork still shows through the shadow/shaded areas. Having said that, Paul's modification darkens that area and makes Charlie's face stand out very well.
I would have removed the bit of metal framing (?) around Charlie's name, as Willie has done, and it's also nice to have his name in full, with the C included inside the frame.

ALSFOTOS 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2014 6:30AM
thanks for the comment , the more i look at it , the more i now realise i was too hasty , in putting it on , without looking at it properly . The piece of wall art , i would say is 20ft high and probably the same wide . i looked him up on the internet and he passed away in 2012 , aged 96 , he is very well known in the world of boxing and 2nd hand furniture/market . a true inspiration .
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4161 Canada
11 Oct 2014 2:20PM
The date is on the wall, bottom right. 1915 - 2012.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2156 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2014 11:06AM
Thankyou for that information, Alan.

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