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The Busker

By TrevBatWCC    
Had a quick wander around the shops in Stamford before heading back to the coach to take us on to our overnight stay, and spotted this colourful old chap on High Street busking. Would have expected him to be wearing some colourful shoes that went with the costume - perhaps with turned-up toes - the trainers look a bit out of place! Wink He doesn't look a happy chappy, eitherů Sad

Single Raw image processed in Adobe Camera Raw 7, tweaked in Photomatix Pro 5 and Photoshop Elements 11.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.

Trev Smile

Tags: Photo journalism Busker Lincolnshire High street Stamford Portraits and people

Voters: sable, estonian, jimobee and 38 more

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sable 14 9 7 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 9:44AM
Well spotted Trevor xx
SlowSong Plus
14 10.6k 30 England
17 Aug 2015 10:05AM
Poor chap. He looks either very lonely or down on his luck.
pentaxpatty 9 30 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 10:24AM
He does look sad Trev, a good street candid of him, poor chap

cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 31 Northern Ireland
17 Aug 2015 10:36AM
That's how retired Togs end up!! 😎
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 10:40AM
what a sad image....
the plastic bags just add to it
and he really has gone to the effort to do something different
ColleenA Plus
10 505 11 Australia
17 Aug 2015 10:44AM

Quote:Poor chap. He looks either very lonely or down on his luck.

Yes a very sad image...maybe he is miserable because his wife washed his turned up shoes and they shrunk...a great candid
12 5.8k 130 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 10:56AM
A very appealing, well composed and captured candid capturing the charm of this colourful chap.

Thanks for sharing Trevor.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
PranavMishra 10 52 18 India
17 Aug 2015 11:10AM
nice image, Trev..
17 Aug 2015 11:33AM
Great capture .
LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 12:07PM
Looks like he is thinking

'The things I have to do to supplement the pension!'

Not sure if he is unhappy or just thoughtful, but whatever, a very good candid portrait.
parob 12 3 74 France
17 Aug 2015 12:17PM
Well spotted of course! The cash machine adds another element to how I read this image, but I am not at all certain as to the way it should be interpreted. A busker, yes. A sad, homeless person, perhaps, but is it, what are the signs? This older person's facial features do show concentration and musical appreciation and place the accent on a rather excellent musical instrument. The costume is richly appropriate. Is he after hand-outs? I do not see the usual plate. Now, must we feel pity or would we rather see this person in a retirement home. I'd go and thank him, wouldn't you? All the best to you all,
Jasper87 Plus
13 3.2k 162 England
17 Aug 2015 12:19PM
Like your write up, Trev, the first thing I noticed was his footwear.... then his lack of happiness.... and then the cash point. Good observational piece.

Tish1 Plus
10 32 5 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 1:14PM
I think my thoughts are in line with Paul [parob] here. Is he busking, or just doing something he enjoys? is he lonely? possibly, hence the reason he is seeking company rather than evidence of hand outs. Is receiving money for busking a hand out, I don't think so. Does he have any dress sense, definitely not, but, he is certainly dressed to attract attention and perhaps that is the reason he is there.

Ordinarily, I would have said, great place for a busker at the side of a cash machine, since the lowest denomination is a fiver.

What ever the reason he is there, you have captured him well Trev and you have certainly sparked off some debate as to this guys purpose.

Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
17 Aug 2015 2:35PM
He looks quite sad. Poor old fella, should be home with his feet up. Great shot though.
17 Aug 2015 3:41PM
I like your write up, too, Trev - poor old chap!
An excellent image of this non too happy bunny!
I wonder if the cash point has made him a donation!!Wink

Mollycat Plus
9 21 2 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2015 5:39PM
A very laid back and colourful character Trev, don't think I would look very happy with that garb on either.
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2015 1:09AM
Really a fabulous character your Harlequin in trainers! Grin
Well seen Trev and an excellent street shot produced...
Richsr 15 91 223 England
18 Aug 2015 5:57PM
certainly colourful outfit but agree the shoes seem out of place.
Looks a bit grumpy too.
Fefe Plus
11 82 49 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2015 10:27PM
Not a happy chappie.......Sad
jeronius 13 2 1 England
19 Aug 2015 6:01PM
Love this photo!!! I don't think he looks sad, but maybe more in deep thought
Sezz 18 619 15 England
14 Sep 2015 4:52PM
So well spotted Trev!


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