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Prague - The Musician

By AlanBW
Tricia and I were heading towards the church of Our Lady Before Tyn in Prague's Old Town Square; where we were due to meet up with fellow EPZ member George Rusky, who lives in this beautiful city. We arrived a few minutes early to find the Old Town Square jostling with people, most of them visitors like ourselves. We managed to get past the astronomical clock, where a considerable crowd was already gathering to watch the hour being marked - and came across a number of market stalls in the centre. We explored some of these and as we were browsing, we heard the melodic sound of a saxophone being played. We headed in the direction of the music and encountered the flamboyant and stylishly attired character pictured above. A small crowd had gathered to watch him entertaining, not just with his excellent musical skills, but with his effervescent personality. A small sound system provided the background music, while he played the main parts of the tunes on his saxophone. In the above image, a short break had come in the saxophone line and the background music was playing. Did he just stand still and wait for his next part? Not at all, he danced around like an eighteen year-old disco diva, interacting with the crowd with his twinkling eyes and engaging smile, before launching into his excellent saxophone playing once again.

It was far from easy to get the shot, as I had to make my way towards the front of the crowd, line up and hit the shutter. Twice I was thwarted by enthusiastic people rushing forward to put money into his collection box and on another occasion his rather energetic dance routine turned him away from the camera just as I was ready to shoot. Fortunately, another opportunity soon arose and I managed to squeeze off a couple of shots. By this point we were running out of time, our meeting with George was getting close, so I couldn’t take any more images. This Prague musician was a genial, mesmerising character and a superb entertainer; well worth the donation we made to his collection - after I had taken the shot. Two minutes later we had made our way to the front of Our Lady Before Tyn – and another wonderful character was awaiting us, none other than George Rusky himself.

Tags: Travel General Man Candid People Musician Prague Entertainer Czech republic Portraits and people

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Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
14 May 2007 8:51AM
Am sure I will be the first of many for this classic street candid. Well worth the effort.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
14 May 2007 8:55AM
He looks a real charmer Alan.Lovely candid shot.
Slaterm 14 496 1 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 8:57AM
Nice candid and story to go with

Barbaraj 14 450 England
14 May 2007 9:12AM
A wry smile on his face as he dances a jig. You have captures the moment well. Thankyou.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
14 May 2007 9:24AM
Another great candid Alan.Looks a great character and dressed for the part.Looks like it was not too warm there-he has gloves on.
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 9:37AM
excellent capture alan and a wonderful write up, well done.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
14 May 2007 10:03AM
a great candid.............
davewaine 14 141 3 England
14 May 2007 10:15AM
Face full of character and obviously a genial old soul. You have captured him well.
pennyspike 18 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 10:18AM
Thanks for the story behind this shot.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 10:57AM
Great image of a larger-than-life character, he fairly jumps out of the thumbnail, let alone the full-size image.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
14 May 2007 10:57AM
Great character and a good story

Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
14 May 2007 12:25PM
What an amazingly charming face he has. Must have been wonderful to see him in action!
mickf1 14 2 England
14 May 2007 12:37PM
Another great candid shot Alan and a good story with it.
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 12:51PM
Wonderful, amazing charismatic person, well captured.
14 May 2007 12:57PM
That face tells its own story doesnt it , great shot , lovely colurs
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
14 May 2007 1:07PM
Hi Alan,
I love saxophone music and from what you say this one was brilliant,he looks great and what an expression,detail,candid and photojournalism.He really is all dressed up and what an entertainer he must have been to see.He looks wonderful.Take care.AnnSmile
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
14 May 2007 1:14PM
great candid shot and good description
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
14 May 2007 1:44PM
Well captured under those trying conditions. Just wish we could hear the music too!
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 2:10PM
Excellent candid Alan.

myrab 14 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 2:14PM
Lovely picture Alan, i think the orange rose just makes it.
Well done,
panda 16 5 1 England
14 May 2007 2:32PM
Super character shot Alan, he reminds me of a trombonist I know.

Regards Phil
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 2:52PM
great shot so clear and bright
iajacks 15 24 England
14 May 2007 2:52PM

it as a real feel of someone who nows hie instrament.

well take shot ian
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 3:03PM
What a wonder shot of this musician he looks a grand person
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 4:23PM
Great shot and great character Alan,well taken.

14 May 2007 4:49PM
what a classy character! i love his bright orange flower! considering you were rushed, you have a fantastic portrait. spot on!
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 5:34PM
Have a RC on me Alan a great character study.

mickp 15 9 7 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 5:44PM
Good candid shot.
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
14 May 2007 6:58PM
Superb candid shot Alan,very nice image.
Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
14 May 2007 7:08PM
Another great candid Alan, looks like he could tell a few tales does that chap.

Best Matt
14 May 2007 9:20PM
Excellent - sorry to be breif, rushed a little! Mike
Rock 18 10 2 England
14 May 2007 9:39PM
Another fine capture .

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 9:54PM
I love the tales to go with your pictures. He looks captivating and probably charmed the crowds no end.
Hope your meeting with George was enjoyable.
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
14 May 2007 10:38PM
With street musicians if you put something in the hat they're quite happy to allow you to 'snap' them and they're not dangerous!! John
AlistairJ 15 6 England
14 May 2007 10:47PM
Another of your first class candid shots. This one seems more warm than most.

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2007 11:53PM
wonderful candid shot.. he looks tired but happy..
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
15 May 2007 2:18AM
Now he is looking dapper, nice shot! Spot on! Click!!!

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
15 May 2007 5:04AM
Your description of this occasion is so evocative Alan I can almost hear his music. What a truly wonderful character, such a great photo in every way!
Rgds., Jim
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 5:50AM
brilliant capture and story Alan, hope you had a great time with George
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
15 May 2007 6:30AM
nice clear detail shot alan
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 8:36AM
You keep coming up trumps with these candids Alan, and what a great job you have done here too!!

Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 10:59AM
What a characterful face - well spotted!
CatMouse 17 115 Russian Federation
15 May 2007 1:01PM
Hello Alan,

Very kind street work, fine captured portrait!

Malik & Mary.
15 May 2007 2:42PM
A very fine shot, you've caught him really well. It must have been difficult with lots of other people around.
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 2:48PM
Another excellent story & a wonderful image to go along with it Alan, I really like your work.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 5:39PM
A wonderful story and another great character..what a brilliant capture.
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 5:42PM
superb colourful candid which catches the "character" recorded.
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 6:50PM
Another great people picture, Alan!

trissie 14 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 6:54PM
A lovely character shot Alan, i love the orange rose.

Trish x
PatriciaWilson 17 617 58 Greece
15 May 2007 7:29PM
lovely expression, Alan. Charming shot.
Lovely candid Alan.
VNelson 16 3 United States
15 May 2007 8:13PM
What character he has and is. Obviously loves his work.

canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 8:21PM
Lovely candid capture Alan!
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
15 May 2007 9:40PM
This is my friend Vladimir
Great shot and thank you for yur storySmile
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2007 11:07PM
all been said Alan
Pegon 15 78 1 England
15 May 2007 11:24PM
A superb candid Alan and a nice story to go with it.
GlenD 14 United States
16 May 2007 1:53AM
Great story and super character Alan
Nice one
helena 17 134 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 5:18AM
Lovely Alan, thank you also for the story. Hope you are well Tara x
16 May 2007 5:19AM
Great story and what a great street candid shot to go with it Alan!

16 May 2007 6:47AM
What a great capture, such a character, great photography Alan. helen
15 13 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2007 3:19PM
Lots of character in this Alan, great candid again.
Mjhearne 14 432 4 Scotland
16 May 2007 3:51PM
Great street candid shot!
And he does look full of character!
Well done

elcid 16 150 England
16 May 2007 9:00PM
Great story as always, you are the master of these candid shots, great stuff mate.

wyatturp 15 2 England
17 May 2007 8:23AM
Super picture wish we had sound on EPZ-------good detail

User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 8:46AM
Excellent detail, great capture.
LesleyJ 14 247 England
17 May 2007 12:15PM
Another superb Candid shot Alan
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 1:30PM
Great capture Alan. One of this character actually playing the saxophone would have been a great shot too. Click!
17 May 2007 3:06PM
Prague and New Orleans have many things in common, from this street musician to the old culture. Very nicely captured. I hope the gentleman did not mind you snapping away at him! =o) Well presented as usual!! Jenn
17 May 2007 5:38PM
a great description and wonderful all your work !

Tony_Baloni 15 9 2 Scotland
17 May 2007 8:54PM
This and your other shots are brill. I've just explained to Mrswoolybill I've no nerve for candid shots so well done you.

Keep at it...!

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
17 May 2007 9:32PM
Brilliant shot. Not surprised that it has got the attention that it has.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
17 May 2007 11:16PM
wonderful portrait; he looks like a nice character!
Mavis 19 143 2 England
18 May 2007 8:07AM
What a sweet face . I would have loved to have heard him . What an exciting time you too live Alan xxx
18 May 2007 7:50PM
good shot.
I like his smile
Malc_V 15 England
18 May 2007 7:55PM
Wonderful image Alan.

19 May 2007 4:41PM
Excellent capture and information, well done.
19 May 2007 5:11PM
A wonderful candid shot of this charismatic person and a lovely story to go with it.

20 May 2007 10:47AM
Super work and thanks for the story behind it as usual.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
20 May 2007 9:41PM
What a colourful character. Brilliant timing Allan. I love your candids.

RobinF 14 83 1 England
21 May 2007 10:00AM
Really like the expression, great work again Allan. - regards Robin
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
21 May 2007 9:32PM
You have made a great, and colourful shot of this gentleman, who character shines through as you well described. I wonder if he were playing in little ole England would he have been asked to move on?
Lovely Place Prague.

Thanks for sharing these colourful adventures with us,

Dotrob 15 Wales
21 May 2007 11:25PM
Great candid shot.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
22 May 2007 9:26PM
quite a character
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
23 May 2007 9:09PM
Wonderful Image Alan. Another little cracker. Great timing and the pose works very well. Sorry for the delay but I've been on my hols and am just catching up. Thanks for your comments,

hebdens 15 5
25 May 2007 7:56AM
great looking character, love his attire. sounds very sprightly too.
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
25 May 2007 2:22PM
Another fine image Alan well done.

28 May 2007 10:17PM
Great capture of this character Alan, well worth fighting your way through the crowd, Adrian
TracyK 15 4 Netherlands
29 May 2007 1:52PM
Great character capture.
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
30 May 2007 7:25PM
another super street shot Alan,
erron 13
7 Jun 2007 10:05AM
a good shot i like this one
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
1 Jul 2007 5:50PM
Another superb character study to add to your impressive collection of candid shots
10 Jul 2007 11:12AM
Excellent photo. (In fact I love them all and when I get a minute will comment on others. I have a photo of this man that I saw in Prague about 2 years ago. He is such a character and you have captured him so well. I'll upload mine when I find it.
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
14 Oct 2007 6:05PM
great capture a real character for sure and a fun one i would thnk
HectorRivera 13 17 1 United States
20 Mar 2008 11:47PM
Interesting shot, I also have a local Sax Player in my collection you may like
AlanBW 15 20 England
21 Mar 2008 9:19AM
Many thanks Hector - Alan

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