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The Viennese Whirl

By AlanBW
Tricia and I have just returned from Europe, where we visited four capital cities – Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Prague. I plan to upload a few images from each city, starting with Vienna.

Whilst in Prague we had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful George Rusky, who kindly took a break in his busy day to spend some time with us.

I have missed many uploads while we were away, but will try to catch up. If I comment on some but just click on others, I hope you will understand.

The above image is of a young lady who was selling tickets for a concert of Mozart’s music outside Vienna’s magnificent Gothic cathedral, the Stephandom. She stood out from the bustling crowd in her beautiful costume. We noticed that she was flitting about, talking to potential customers, then spying out her next target before darting towards them. We dubbed her ‘the Viennese Whirl’. Her lovely smile lit up a grey, chilly day as she approached people with her sales pitch and when watching out for likely customers, she developed a much more serious, almost predatory countenance, which is what I tried to capture. We were targeted ourselves and she almost danced across the square towards us. Sadly the concert was that evening and we had a function to attend, so we could not buy tickets from her. We explained and wished her luck with her sales before continuing towards the cathedral, which was top of our 'must see' list in Vienna. We were delighted when shortly after I had taken the above shot she sold tickets to a group of visitors. Beaming while handing over the tickets, she noticed our pleasure at witnessing her success. As her customers left she punched the air in delight and grinned at us before flitting towards another target. The Viennese Whirl was in full cry!

Later, as we emerged from the cathedral, she skipped across like an excited child to tell us that she was doing well with her sales. What a fantastic character - and a magical memory!

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Travel General Austria Candid People Girl Selling Vienna Portraits and people

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Lovely capture Alan ...
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 5:09PM
For a moment I thought this WAS the latest George Rusky oeuvre!

Well done.
trissie 14 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 5:21PM
A beautiful capture Alan, and a lovely story.

Trish x
4 Apr 2007 5:48PM
Lovely image and great story Alan, good to see you back, Adrian
Brownie127 15 61 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 6:05PM
Excellent, just the sort of ticket tout I'd buy from !

tull 17 181 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 6:13PM
Great candid Alan a wonderful expression with lovely colours.

wamp 14 276 8 England
4 Apr 2007 6:48PM
Nicely captured & nice text

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 6:57PM
Excellent candid.

4 Apr 2007 8:03PM
Wonderful capture of a nice young lady. And, a very good story to go with it. Good to have you back. Missed the pics from Thailand.

Possum 14 148 England
4 Apr 2007 9:29PM
Her expression speaks volumes once the description's read! Not an easy job to spend all day pitching sales; I'd hate it! Love the look of determination on her face. I envy you this particular trip - I hope I can get to Prague at some point in my life (and Vienna would be a bonus!).
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 9:58PM
She is obviously a very determined young lady from her expression. Nice to see you back Alan
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2007 10:13PM
You certainly seem to have caught the expression you describe and it comes across well.

bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2007 12:03AM
brilliant candid shot.. love her outfit...
rhiw_com 14 24
5 Apr 2007 5:32AM
Love the way everyone is walking away from her! and her expression is priceless. Great candid and description Alan.

Rg Tony
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
5 Apr 2007 7:22AM
Hi Alan hope you had a good break with your good lady.A beauty of a picture/love the uniform worn and look forward to more of the images from your trip.
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2007 7:25AM
great candid Alan
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2007 7:26AM
this is so sharp and clear
a great day to day shot
well taken
Mavis 19 143 2 England
5 Apr 2007 7:35AM
What a lovely story Alan and a beautiful young lady xx
wyatturp 15 2 England
5 Apr 2007 7:58AM
I like the feel to this the light and what the ladys wearing.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
5 Apr 2007 8:41AM
Alan you have been in my aera...glad you likeed it

good capture of a touristy place

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
5 Apr 2007 9:52AM
She looks dressed to advertize the concert too. Nice one Alan.

jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
5 Apr 2007 10:16AM
Hi Alan.
Nice candid. Wonder what she was trying to sell. ?
She dont looks that Italian . lol
sputnki 16 10 Canada
5 Apr 2007 10:25AM
A wonderful story and one of my favourite cities. I still remember climbing to the top of one of the cathedral's spires around narrow twisty stairs. Then at the top was a gift shop!

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
5 Apr 2007 11:20AM
As we have come to expect from you Alan, and interesting story to match an interesting photo. Good shot.
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
5 Apr 2007 11:36AM
great capture alan
hope you guys had a great trip
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
5 Apr 2007 11:52AM
Nice to see you safely always have such interesting views of the areas you visit, and this is no exception. Must have been a lovely trip. I thouroughly enjoy the stories, too.
iajacks 15 24 England
5 Apr 2007 1:20PM
I fort she looked i bit dressed up!

she look as if she is getting the job done.

nice shot ian
Barbaraj 14 450 England
5 Apr 2007 3:02PM
Great shot, look forward to seeing more of your holidays. Thankyou.
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2007 3:38PM
Nice to see you back Alan and with a great shot,well done on No 30th.

5 Apr 2007 4:36PM
Great shot, brought alive by the excellent description.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
5 Apr 2007 5:53PM
Well taken, love the attire! Spot on! Click!!!

mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2007 7:21PM
What a lovely story Alan and another great shot have a lovely easter
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2007 7:51PM
A great shot very colourful & super story,
Happy Easter,We will be on away until the 16th
Pegon 15 78 1 England
5 Apr 2007 9:50PM
A lovely capture and story Alan, I thought she was doing "This Is Your Life" with her red book :o)
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
5 Apr 2007 9:53PM
Hi Alan
Thanks again for your kindness
Lovely shot. Interesting image.
It's a pity she isn't smiling:-(
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
5 Apr 2007 10:57PM
very a la George

well caught

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
6 Apr 2007 3:46AM
Great title, lovely detail in the costume.
Gorro 14 9 England
6 Apr 2007 6:29AM
Great Capture. Timing is everything.
Bluke 16 303 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2007 6:48AM
every picture tells a story... excellent catch...
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
6 Apr 2007 7:20AM
very nice capture, really like the costume
Malc_V 15 England
6 Apr 2007 8:40AM
Brilliant capture Alan, great story.

panda 16 5 1 England
6 Apr 2007 9:38AM
Like the suit, well done.

Regards Phil
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2007 4:48PM
it is an excellent costume well taken and good story behind it.
tuhin 14
6 Apr 2007 5:30PM
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
6 Apr 2007 7:38PM
The only thing that excels your candid photos Alan, is your fabulous write-ups, this is another excellent example of both!
Rgds., and Happy Easter!
arnieg 16 704 England
6 Apr 2007 9:06PM
excellent capture
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2007 11:34PM
Wonderful: thanks for the story: love Mozart.

Happy Easter.

8 Apr 2007 12:49AM
lovely description. love the colors and detail. well done!
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
8 Apr 2007 3:46AM
Alan, happy Easter to you and Trish. You've got another great shot here and it sounds like you had another fine trip. Sue and I loved Vienna, Budapest and Prague. I regret that I didn't know George back then. his friendship through ePz is just one more reason I'd like to get back to the Czech Republic.
This site (ePhotozine) is amazing that way.
Sue and I will be putting up Anne Lovelock (annefromleo) and her husband Christopher. They will be visiting from their home on the Isle of White.
-=Walter and Sue
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2007 6:41AM
beautiful lady, superb outfit, excellent record of her activity.
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2007 9:11AM
What a super narrative to accompany this image Alan, your narratives bring your images to life, lovely story, lovely girl.
Happy Easter to you and Trish.
Aurora 16 3 England
8 Apr 2007 12:38PM
Hope you had a good time Alan. Your Viennese Whirl looks as though she is a very competent young lady, from the very determined expression on her face. Thanks for the write up, which adds so much more interest to your pictures.
myrab 14 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2007 1:26PM
Great candid shot.
8 Apr 2007 4:54PM
Great capture - looks like she has you locked as a target in her gaze!
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
8 Apr 2007 10:16PM
Hi Alan,
Good to have you back,hope you had a great trip and enjoyed yourselves.Excellent candid work,love the textile work of her outfit,detail,lighting,posture,dof,expression and presentation.Happy easter.Take care.AnnSmile
8 Apr 2007 11:06PM
wow, lovely street photo and great capture of the detail of her costume, nice work.
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2007 12:18AM
Lovely candid... great costume/colours and very interesting description... look forward to more uploads of your major cities travel... Karen Smile
moglen Plus
14 14 1
9 Apr 2007 12:01PM
looking forward to seeing the rest especially Prague as i want to go there. Nice shot. glen x
moni 14
9 Apr 2007 1:05PM
great candid portrait!
Mounters 14 85 2 England
9 Apr 2007 2:10PM
good story and great candid
bruce295 15 28 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2007 9:45PM
Excellent story adds to a great image.

forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2007 9:53PM
Great candid as per your usual standard. Look forward to more uploads from what sound like a wonderful trip.

anthhope 15 1 England
9 Apr 2007 11:04PM
What is she thinking? Superb!!
10 Apr 2007 3:31AM
Lovely capture Alan and I agree that she does stand out from the crowd!

15 13 1 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 7:35AM
They keep getting better Alan! Super image.
Mjhearne 14 432 4 Scotland
10 Apr 2007 6:22PM
Great shot with a great story!
Well done Alan!

MikeEG 14 10 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 7:27PM
You have done it again Alan well taken. All the best to you both.

PLCimagery 14 77 1 England
13 Apr 2007 8:35AM
Nice candid shot
15 Apr 2007 10:24AM
How do you do it Alan ? , really great colours .
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
18 Apr 2007 11:19PM
Great, well timed portrait Alan, and another great storyline.

S_Boulding 14 72 England
20 Apr 2007 6:15PM
Such a good photo. well done.
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
21 Apr 2007 12:38AM
Eine kleine HUSTLER! Brilliant story and picture! John
petra16 15 169 Scotland
25 Apr 2007 9:18PM
brilliant story brilliant picture

love it

Juliet 14
28 May 2007 11:59AM
Great character study and the costume. I like the light in her hair ond on her back.
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
15 Mar 2008 6:36PM
Nice story, lovely shot of a beautiful young lady, love the costume.
AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Mar 2008 8:54PM
Many thanks Geoff - Alan

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