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Prague - The Lost

By AlanBW
It has been a very busy time for me and of late I have not been able to visit as many portfolios as I would like. My apologies for this - there is a lot of catching up in store for me and although still very busy, hopefully I will be able to do so in the coming days. It is going to mean some clicking and running though.

And so on to the final destination of our brief but exciting European sojourn, Prague, the beautiful and atmospheric capital city of the Czech Republic. Prior to our departure, I had been in contact with EPZ stalwart George Rusky, who lives in Prague. Despite it being a very hectic work day for him, George very kindly arranged to meet us at an agreed time outside the magnificent church of Our Lady Before Tyn in the Old Town Square. We were able to spend a very pleasant hour in George’s company; he’s a wonderful guy and meeting up with him was one of the highlights of our visit to his spectacular home city. Many thanks, George! If any EPZ members are planning a visit to Prague, I recommend that you get in touch with George and arrange to meet him - he will be delighted I'm sure.

This was not our first trip to Prague and hopefully it will not be our last, therefore orientation around the main sights was not a problem for us on this occasion – it's not that we can't take a wrong turning, but we did all our getting lost on the previous visit! However, orientation appeared to be somewhat problematical for the poor couple pictured above. Tricia and I were browsing around a collection of interesting market stalls quite close to Wenceslas Square when I observed them. I was struck immediately by their stances and expressions; his demeanour was one of apparent bewilderment and hers, with over-the-shoulder glance and the chew on the arm of her spectacles, had all the hallmarks of exasperation tinged with a little anxiety. As often happens with this type of street scene, there was only a one-shot opportunity. Without the couple realising, I captured my shot, checked to see how it had turned out and had every intention of going over to offer my assistance, only to see them moving away and heading in the direction of the Old Town Square. Whatever they were trying to find, I hope they succeeded.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Travel Candid People Prague Black and white Czech republic Portraits and people

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KevinMW 14 14 Wales
8 May 2007 8:24AM
I love the look on the guys face. Total bewilderment. You can almost see what he's thinking. Excellent capture Alan.

Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 8:29AM
Well observed shot Alan. Would be ideal for a caption competition. He looks so puzzled , wonderful expression, whilst she looks somewhat tired of his musings over the map. Lovely clarity to this shot.
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 8:39AM
expression and composition well captured - very good in mono.
Barbaraj 14 450 England
8 May 2007 8:46AM
You are very good at observing and capturing peoples behaviour. This one is excellent. Thankyou.
TracyK 15 4 Netherlands
8 May 2007 9:06AM
Wonderful expressions that you caught there! Reminds me of some our family holidays in unfamiliar places...ha, ha!
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 9:23AM
Cracking candid Alan love the woman's expression, sums it up wonderfully.

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 9:36AM
Excellent candid Alan, I like the womans expression.

TommyStr 15 9 3 Norway
8 May 2007 10:29AM
That urquell-sign in the bg brings back memories. Even with two pair of glasses he can't read the map?! Wink
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 11:37AM
Superb candid shot Alan,love the expression and composition here,looks great in B&W very well taken.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 11:51AM
Prague is a brilliant place for people-watching! This is a super candid, two portraits for the price of one. His two pairs of specs make it slightly surreal!
helena 17 134 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 11:51AM
Alan you are sooooo great at observing people, a very special talent indeed! Great shot regards Tara x
Slaterm 14 496 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 11:59AM
classic pose - "I'm not lost - I know exactly where we are - Prague..." we have all been there (not prague of courseSmile)
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
8 May 2007 1:22PM
Perplexed for sure.....I love the man with two pairs of glasses! Brilliant.
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 1:37PM
what a nice shot
you have a good eye for people
love the B and W colour
fab shot
8 May 2007 1:45PM
Your scenes always look so complete Alan, love the expressions of being lost, well seen and captured in your very own style, Adrian
(agree with Chant, a caption competition )
Mavis 19 143 2 England
8 May 2007 1:56PM
You capture people so well Alan . Their faces and stance tell a very good story . xx
8 May 2007 2:42PM
A great candid, and I know that feeling!
8 May 2007 2:42PM
Love this beautiful candid shot. Perfectly captured expressions too.
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 2:56PM
Wonderful expressions; well caught!

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
8 May 2007 3:11PM
A lovely picture of bewilderment, I wonder how many of us have been in the same situation, at some time or another.
All of us, I would assume!
iajacks 15 24 England
8 May 2007 3:21PM
a get a sence of lostness in the expresions of the two people.

a good candid. well done ian
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
8 May 2007 3:55PM
Yes great expressions.Definately the lost looks.
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 4:00PM
Excellent shot Alan - the sort of picture I have always wanted to take but been afraid I might have to ask!

Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
8 May 2007 4:18PM
A familiar sight in any city I think Alan, as always a superb capture and one that evokes many memories.

Best Matt
Fab candid work Alan ...
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
8 May 2007 4:48PM
That what I called, 'streetlife'.
Very nice candid, Alan.
Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 4:58PM
Brilliantly observed!
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 5:37PM
This really made me smile..I have been waiting for your next upload..absolutely brilliant..a true candid shot!
tuhin 14
8 May 2007 5:42PM
Hi Frend How ar you. I look your Photograff, Beautifull.
sputnki 16 10 Canada
8 May 2007 6:02PM
Well done Alan! The expressions are spot on, I almost thought you'd hired actors to pose!

8 May 2007 6:37PM
Ummm im sure weve been here befire , were going around in circles . ....Great expressions
trissie 14 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 7:14PM
A briliant candid Alan, lovely expressions. You tell such an interesting story.

Trish x
mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 7:22PM
You've captured the mommnet elequently. Lost indeed they are in thoughts and direction.
VNelson 16 3 United States
8 May 2007 7:30PM
What a wonderful shot...perfect moment...a good chuckle.

Rock 18 10 2 England
8 May 2007 8:15PM
That could me me and the wife !

In York City Centre !

Another fine Grab Shot.

Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 8:17PM
Great shot Alan and reminds me of myself before satnav lol

RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 8:40PM
A superb portrait of puzzlement and bewilderment, though which is which I can't decide! Another excellent street scene, Alan, which you do with such accuracy and sensitivity!

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
8 May 2007 9:02PM
very well observed and taken
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
8 May 2007 9:13PM
a great candid they do look a bit concerned as to their location
forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 9:18PM
Superb candid. Have had that look many a time!

GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
8 May 2007 9:58PM
Hi Alan
Interesting shot and thaks again for the nice words about me.
Bow to the Lady
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 10:01PM
Brilliant! You have captured the moment perfectly Alan.

Possum 14 148 England
8 May 2007 10:40PM
The absolutely perfect 'lost tourists' shot - brilliant and I love it!
9 May 2007 3:07AM
Nice image portrayed in B & W. The woman reminds me of myself whilst in Spain!

Alan thank you for stopping by to comment on my Cats II image. I really appreciate the feedback!

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
9 May 2007 3:45AM
All the hallmarks and ingredients for another Alan classic candid, there's absolutely no doubt that you are the supreme master of such shots!
Rgds., Jim
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
9 May 2007 6:03AM
what great expressions you capture, brilliant image
9 May 2007 8:34AM
Excellent shot Alan and great write up to go with it, you should publish all your pictures and stories in a book.

peachT 14 3
9 May 2007 10:17AM
this is brilliant, I love the looks on their faces, he's baffled, he hasn't got a clue has he? lol
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
9 May 2007 3:08PM
A classic holiday moment brilliantly captured.They look to have reached the end of their tether.I think you could have just reduced the highlight on her bag a little though.
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
9 May 2007 4:21PM
Great candid shot well seen, this looks a bit like Tony & I when we paid a visit to this wonderful city a few years ago, we walked miles we needed a map to find our way round.
Hope to go back sometime
Alvar 14 23 2 France
9 May 2007 7:39PM
Been there, know the feeling. Great capture,
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
9 May 2007 7:57PM
I often do that with the specs so I can see myself in your picture Great photo
CaroleA 14 5 3 England
9 May 2007 10:25PM
Great candid! I see what Brian means about the highlights on her bag: I wouldn't have noticed I don't think, but now I have he's right. Doesn't take anything away from the shot though.
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
9 May 2007 10:44PM
She's completely browned off from telling him to ask someone and just like any man, he's too damn stubborn to do it! Ever happen to you? Great shot by the way! John
10 May 2007 5:28AM
Great title and capture Alan - you certainly have captured their perplexed and lost expression perfectly!

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
10 May 2007 7:07AM
Simply brilliant candid Alan.
AlistairJ 15 6 England
10 May 2007 2:15PM
Great candid shot Alan, as usual Wink
I have been in their position many times.
Boagman65 14 2 1 Scotland
10 May 2007 2:18PM
Well spotted and captured.

Alfoto 14 Wales
10 May 2007 5:26PM
Great capture - Super candid image.
Hughmondo 14 14 Zimbabwe
10 May 2007 6:53PM
This is such a great shot, I think we've all been there! To me this captures perfectly the other side of travel.
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
11 May 2007 1:48PM
map $5.50 sunglasses $25.00 look on their faces

Fantastic capture alan
marcc 14
11 May 2007 3:47PM
Great job! Had a good laugh over their expressions.
wyatturp 15 2 England
11 May 2007 4:55PM
Super great to look at -------------lost we have all been there

ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 6:27PM
excellent candid shot.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
11 May 2007 9:03PM
Great expressions; well caught!
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
11 May 2007 9:08PM
This is a wonderful candid Alan,I love the mans expression.
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
11 May 2007 10:52PM
Totally brilliant observation and capture - gave me a huge grin Smile All the best. Bruce
GlenD 14 United States
12 May 2007 2:02AM
Can't help but smile at something like this Smile she's sure it's that way and he knows it's not right. Great capture
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
12 May 2007 4:28AM
Been there, done that and the wife is always right! Wink Spot on! Click!!!

sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
12 May 2007 11:08AM
excellent expressions alan, a well composed capture, well done.

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
12 May 2007 11:49AM
You've portrayed their predicament very well, and can just imagine the kind of discussion they are having, LOL.
xinia 16 54
12 May 2007 5:56PM
the title sums it up perfectly Smile
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
12 May 2007 6:27PM
Hi Alan,
It is a great shot,the woman looks as if she's wishing he'd hurry up and find out where he's going,maybe he likes to think he's the only one that can find his way photojournalism as always.Take care.AnnSmile
CatMouse 17 115 Russian Federation
12 May 2007 8:17PM
Nice capturing situation, fine and ''character'' shot.
Well done!

Malik & Mary.
anthhope 15 1 England
12 May 2007 8:55PM
Alan, a superb take and great tones.
13 May 2007 9:41AM
Excellent capture , well taken.
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
13 May 2007 10:33AM
A great candid Alan.

panda 16 5 1 England
13 May 2007 11:11AM
Know the feeling well, being a musician I have to find many distant and obscure places. Thank goodness for sat-nav, it has made my life a lot easier, but you mustn't trust it implicitly I have found. Super natural shot Alan

Regards Phil
myrab 14 United Kingdom
13 May 2007 9:39PM
Another great candid shot Alan.
The expressions on their faces is just super.
hebdens 15 5
14 May 2007 8:04AM
perfect capture, love it.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
15 May 2007 11:25PM
Well caught Alan, I love the expressions you've caught here.
LesleyJ 14 247 England
17 May 2007 12:17PM
Love this Alan
Their faces are a treat and the two pairs of classes make me smile
Malc_V 15 England
20 May 2007 10:42PM
Brilliant capture Alan.

Great in mono.

Dotrob 15 Wales
21 May 2007 11:27PM
Fantastic capture, wonderful expressions.
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
22 May 2007 5:15PM
You've managed to tell a story in a single shot. Well done. -=\Walter
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 7:36AM
Superb candid shot, excellent timing Alan
annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2007 8:59AM
great compossition and quality Alan, great!

Juliet 14
28 May 2007 11:39AM
I like it a lot, the people captured in very natural poses not being aware of the photographer. Great shot.
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
31 May 2007 5:28PM
a great mono candid, I love their expressions, no need for words, their faces say it all,
MickS 16 23 14 England
31 May 2007 10:35PM
Watcha Alan,
love it, could be me Smile
angelamary 15 6 England
6 Jun 2007 11:38AM
Oh yes! Have sooo been there, done that! (But not nessessarily 'there' mind...)

Lovely shot! Well spotted and well caught!
svatos 13 Czech Republic
18 Jul 2007 12:46PM
good time, nice shot Alan

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