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Metuzila's

By ARJones
This is Mr Rhone from yesterday's upload inside his antique shop 'Metuzila', Kingston, Jamaica. Surrounded by his wares I thought he was reading some classical literature but it turned out to be an English comprehension book that he had used as a child and he was reminiscing.

Bright sunshine outside with a dark interior gave quite a nice light. I enjoyed some if the basic labeling of goods which added to the charm of the place - 'Set of Coins' or 'Beer bottle'.

I live nearby and have driven past this shop regularly for more than three years - with a return to the UK likely next year I decided to park the car and take a walk with the camera so I don't have to rely on my memory alone.

This is definitely not a place on the tourist map but I was generally well received - I believe it has a lot to do with how you relate to and interact with people. I enjoyed it and met some real characters one of whom claimed to be a photographer having graduated from the New York School of Photography - he was quite old and dishevelled and it was hard to believe that he had ever owned a camera or had lived outside Jamaica- I'm trying to find where he lives to learn more about him and hopefully to photograph him.

Thanks for looking.

Andy

24mm 1/50th sec F4.5 ISO 800

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: DeSilver, PeelNStick, VIKI and 11 more


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PeelNStick 15 4 United States
9 Nov 2008 4:22AM
Good photo journalism shot.

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andy210966 11 4 119 Wales
9 Nov 2008 7:09AM
Great shot - I like this alot!

Andy
jenquest 17 561 1 Tokelau
9 Nov 2008 7:45AM
Quality portrait that works very well in mono.
jdenman 11 19 5 Spain
9 Nov 2008 8:59AM
This is an excellent shot !
John
challicew 11 1 1 South Africa
9 Nov 2008 5:04PM
This is a fabulous mono Andy. Excellent light and detail! I love that old camera sitting there at his elbow.
Great shot in mono good info. Will
ARJones 12 103 3 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2008 5:16PM
Thanks for the votes and comments - Challice - yes I liked the camera there and there are others hanging off the shelf including an old 110 camera I can remember using as a child. I've no doubt that I'll be re-visiting this spot and trying to find the old photographer I met.

Andy
9 Nov 2008 8:09PM
Great Andy. This is so down my alley, and please go out there to do some more. Lovely work here, and beautifully crafted.
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4020 Canada
11 Nov 2008 2:55AM
Exceptionally nice candid image.

Loaded a mod with a touch more contrast and crop, - no better, just different.


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ARJones 12 103 3 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2008 3:33PM
Andre - will do what I can to get more shots - dayjob is rather demanding at the moment!

Willie thanks for the mod and your comments - always gratefully received.

Regards

Andy

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