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The Window Cleaner

By MediumSizeUnavailable

A Tribute to the silent men Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin

Taken in Bangkok, Thailand

One of my personal favorites ;o)
Thank you for viewing. Comments/critique are always welcome.

Tags: Bangkok Architecture Thailand Black and white Siam Portraits and people

Voters: Teat, noseprints, TopsyTopping and 132 more

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ewanrayment 15 718 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 10:43AM
Damnit Koen - I love your photos.

They keep reminding me that there is so much more to see...

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Hanners 14 875 10 Ireland
11 Jul 2006 10:44AM
Oh dear, that looks a bit precarious, the health & safety executive wouldn't allow that in the UK. Superb capture and a fantastic title, excellent toning too.

tull 16 181 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 10:46AM
Fantastic image indeed.

11 Jul 2006 10:49AM
I believe this has been converted in one of my favorite... good... very good
riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
11 Jul 2006 10:51AM
wonderful, so like Buster anyhow, incredibly precarious!
uggyy 14 2.1k 9 Scotland
11 Jul 2006 10:53AM
this looks so good and so well caught...

this a candid or you set this one up, its that good to me lol..

ovi 16 11 1 Romania
11 Jul 2006 10:56AM
Fantastic capture.The timing is perfect.Love it.
11 Jul 2006 10:59AM
Thanks Ewan, Tony (as this is one of my favorites, I'm willing to beg for a real click ;o), Mark, Ana, Nicholas, Tommy (not set up... passed by him as he was busy. took about 20 shots. they all turned out pretty well, but chose this one because of the comical/clumsy - silent movies like - body language) and Ovi.
ovi 16 11 1 Romania
11 Jul 2006 11:03AM
Set it up as a desktop on my pc already.
ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 11:19AM
The subject matter of the poster is really appropriate for the theme, well seen and taken. I also like his pose, it reminds me of the suspence comedy of Harold Lloyd in the old silents.
Nic_WA 15 179 2 Australia
11 Jul 2006 11:21AM
Brilliant Koen. Just brilliant Smile)
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
11 Jul 2006 11:23AM
This is a winner Koen.

It's bl**dy brilliant.

I feel another award coming your way .....

11 Jul 2006 11:37AM
Think this is one of your best to date.. very funny, eyecatching and the photography is stupendous. (Now that's not a word you often see in epz).

Hope it gets the attention it deserves.

StuartAt 15 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 11:51AM
Great capture, well spotted.

SteveCharles 17 2.3k 18 England
11 Jul 2006 11:56AM
Koen, this is fantastic, true classic photography. I dream of coming across a scene like this!

DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
11 Jul 2006 12:06PM
Pete must be on holiday today Koen Smile
MarkT 15 119 2 England
11 Jul 2006 12:18PM
Superb capture, deserves an award of Pete IMO.

mattmatic 16 598
11 Jul 2006 12:51PM
Excellent Smile
Thanks for sharing this!
MikeBonsall 14 474 3 Guernsey
11 Jul 2006 12:54PM
a very strong publishable image.

lynsfiona 16 5
11 Jul 2006 12:56PM
Fabulous capture Koen, love this to bits!! Would look fantastic as a poster itself!! Great shot!! Lyns x
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
11 Jul 2006 12:56PM
Poster and subject are very apt. Well taken. PAul
11 Jul 2006 1:17PM
Great work. Very eye catching...
MarkT 15 119 2 England
11 Jul 2006 1:18PM
Geoffphoto 13 13.5k United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 1:28PM
This is great, I love it, and it's so well seen and captured, the large version is brilliant Koen................Geoff
11 Jul 2006 1:29PM
Fantastic picture! Would love to see this excellent capture even larger then the large.
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
11 Jul 2006 1:35PM
simply excellent!!!

POOCHIE 14 21 6 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 1:37PM
Wow! Koen this is the dogs wotsits ,what a fantastic shot, and talking of wotsits ths guy must have trouble buying trousers I feel scared just looking at this, Brilliant.

11 Jul 2006 1:49PM
wow, thanks peeps :o) was hoping it would fare well, but this extends my expectations.
Thanks Ovi for putting it on your desktop :o)
Mark, Dave, think I saw that award passing by at high speed and never looking back lol
"very apt"... lol... good one Paul :o)
Benjamin, agree on bigger = better for this
Thanks for the "stupendous" Phil (guess I can't call you blueunderscorewater anymore now that I know your first name ;o)
Your "Precarious" wasn't bad either Nicholas ;o)

Actually sounds like a bunch of old romans... When Precarious and Stupendous confronted Cesar about his wifes infidelities, the emperor turned white and gasped "Are you serious !"
Precarious remained calm and replied "no Caesar, Serious died last year during the Brittanica campaign, remember ?"

Now where did I put those little pink pills ;o)
tarara 13
11 Jul 2006 2:07PM
A fantastic photo. Yvonne
SamGillespie 13 94 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 2:26PM
wow!hat a great shot!
rosie42 15 7 Australia
11 Jul 2006 2:30PM
Congratulations Koen - fabulous ...

Susie :o)
11 Jul 2006 3:13PM
wow...this is the first time I have seen your images....they are all stunning, a masterpiece of a portfolio.

Carri 13 5 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 3:30PM
Only in Bangkok! love it, love it.
You have such an amazing way of capturing the real heart and soul of that city.

11 Jul 2006 3:52PM
I really love this one!!!!


ps. keep taking the pills!
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
11 Jul 2006 4:34PM
This is truly fantastic and I missed it! (sorry)Pooch is 110% right...this is the dogs wotsits! A cracker of a b&W.

old timer 15 55 1 Scotland
11 Jul 2006 4:39PM
I just LOVE this!!! How well spotted and taken. Even before I read your caption, my first thought was of Harold Lloyd. Absolutely bloody brilliant Smile
AlanBW 14 20 England
11 Jul 2006 4:40PM
I missed it too - wonderful capture Koen. Well seen and executed.
clevercloggs Plus
15 244 11 Netherlands
11 Jul 2006 4:53PM
excellent, you really are on a roll lately.
Again one for in a photo book; are you preparing one? If not you should. CLICK
vismaya 14 Ireland
11 Jul 2006 5:14PM
starliz 15 1.6k 3 England
11 Jul 2006 5:21PM
all been said amazing.....
11 Jul 2006 5:59PM
thank you again :o)
really apreciate it (no book yet Robert; seems like so much work, and can't help thinking nobody would want to look at it anyway)
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
11 Jul 2006 7:30PM
Koen a great piece of work, love the feel and good toning as well.

jimPat 15 8 1 Scotland
11 Jul 2006 8:16PM
Excellent Koen - great work - JP
kitsch 14 439 4 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 8:21PM
pure class!
BlueRoom 13 73 20 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2006 8:30PM
Stunning. This is just superb photography. It doesn't get better than this.

PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
11 Jul 2006 8:32PM
That is either one big guy, or a very small build... oh wait, it is a billboard!

My opinion: There should be at least one more EPZ logo next to this one...

U4eA 15 475 England
11 Jul 2006 11:02PM
Superb image Koen. Love the sense of scale, and the tonality and the composition. Only thing that niggles at me slightly is the bright triangle top right.

Great piece of oppurtunistic photography...

12 Jul 2006 12:09AM
ah... feels good to wake up and read these.
Thanks :o)
Mark, the corner is the sky, as it was the side of the billboard. Had actually been doubting about it before posting... clone it out or not (also cloned out a few words on top that were half cut off). Finally decided to leave it. But still not sure about it either. Thanks
clevercloggs Plus
15 244 11 Netherlands
12 Jul 2006 2:10AM
It seems you have a good a audience on this site alone. I'm sure a photo book with your photos would find its audience.
Cherish the original files. They will be needed some day I am sure of it.
georg 15 4 South Africa
12 Jul 2006 6:52AM
very well done. Nothing more I can add.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
12 Jul 2006 8:03AM
Excellent shot, and perfect for a tribute.

TommyStr 14 9 3 Norway
12 Jul 2006 2:58PM
Watched King Kong too many times?
See why it's one of your personal favs, it's fantastic large (dosn't beat those bnw cats, but is close Wink )!
12 Jul 2006 3:18PM
Bedankt Robert en Conrad :o)
(will cherish those originals Robert, book or no book ;o)
Thanks Georg and Tommy (always nice to see your upbeat comments)
BenF 14 14 United States
12 Jul 2006 8:00PM
Great shot! At first glance it seems that he is hanging from an actual building.
fourfive 14 8 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2006 8:11AM
Oh, I love this one Koen. Superb.
Wonderful framing.
GregorP 15 4 Slovenia
13 Jul 2006 1:55PM
Nice one.Larger is better.I love it.

davidbailie 16 457 7 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2006 5:41PM
Cracking shot - so well envisaged

davidhu 14 19 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2006 7:05PM
Superlatives by the bucket load and quite right too. It's an absolute corker. You've certainly got a photographic eye.
Tonyd3 15 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2006 4:02PM
Ver well seen and captured B&W adds to the silent image feel too
yellowmunky 15 127 1 Wales
21 Jul 2006 12:55AM
Fantastic candid shot!
1100 13 36
21 Jul 2006 2:59PM
Bleedin' hell! This list goes on forever! Well done you, but more importantly, well done him for not drawing a giant gorilla on the hoarding. (;0)
NevP 14 853 13 Canada
23 Jul 2006 5:21AM
I've no idea how I missed this - must have been away for a couple of days. Awesome work.
23 Jul 2006 2:40PM
Fantastic image
oppo 14 6 2 Scotland
23 Jul 2006 3:02PM
This is a real eye-catcher.

paulstefan 15 509 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 8:56PM
Can't believe I missed this - brilliant!
27 Jul 2006 4:20AM
Brilliant, let me make this a nice round figure of 80. Smile
27 Jul 2006 4:52AM
WOW ! My portfolio just got hit by Hurricane Lydia !
Thanks ;o)
roverfoxy9 15 278 Spain
1 Aug 2006 4:00AM
Lovely tones, very classy.
mark2uk 14 858 8 England
2 Aug 2006 6:05AM
A great image. Well spotted. Who is pulling the ropes??????
The forum thread asking for people to pick an image from the previous posters portfolio is excellent, I have seen some wonderful images I had missed first time round.
Deserves all the accolades it gets!
2 Aug 2006 6:23AM
thanks Andy & Mark :o)
19 Aug 2006 4:31PM
Koen you have a piece of work here. Nice view , nice angle and nice printing. Congratulations . I love it.

19 Aug 2006 4:44PM
Good to hear from you again Mario :o)
1 Sep 2006 2:29PM
You have a very good your work
1 Sep 2006 3:12PM
thanks :o)
(noticed the Belgium/Hasselt connection in your PF and on you website :o)
Spent a few years in the Dominican Republic as well
The_Collector 13 4 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2007 9:24PM
I remember seeing this when you posted it up and I was so busy at that time I never even logged in for weeks so always looking but never clicking anything.

It's so good to come back to it now and catch up with such a fantastic picture, quite how it never got more than a RC I don't know but for me this photograph is up there with your "Nails" picture.

chesh 16 45 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2007 8:41AM
CRIMINAL, just criminal not to give this a dirty great big CLICK!
I'd missed it until now but am very pleased to have found it.
24 Jan 2007 11:02AM
LOL... you criminal :o)
Aistov 14 Russian Federation
26 Jan 2007 3:22PM
No comment..
Very! Wink
28 Jan 2007 6:29PM
This is the IT. Superb!
10 Mar 2007 10:18PM
Really great shot!!! =)
If it wernt for the writing on the right, It would have taken me a little longer to work out what was going on. lol.
floreus 15 106 1
12 Mar 2007 12:56PM
If ever there was a shot that missed out on an EC! So well observed. I'm going to be in Bangkok in a week or so. If you have time, do you think you could PM me with some good places to photograph around the city?
Thanks, Victoria
20 Apr 2007 10:52AM
I am sorry to say that I am just now viewing this shot.......It has that definite WOW factor, Koen!
This image portrays so much more than meets the eye, an Excellent capture and thank you for sharing it with all of us....Smile

Cheers and have a great day,
Suzan Smile
20 Apr 2007 3:50PM
thanks again peeps :o)
JennB 13 60 1 United Kingdom
12 May 2007 8:20AM
Defo one the best shots I've ever seen! Wowww. Well done.
Jenn xSmile
12 May 2007 8:24AM
Thanks. You should see me blushing now Smile
fauxtography 14 6.6k 36
19 May 2007 5:54PM
niiiiice. Love the fact that he's cleaning a poster of a skyscraper, excellent! well seen and well taken Koen. This works on a couple of levels!
19 May 2007 6:01PM
actually he was attaching the poster against the board Wink
fauxtography 14 6.6k 36
19 May 2007 6:02PM
that makes!
NickParry 14 1.0k 79 Wales
22 May 2007 9:08AM
Great image ! Nick
11 Jun 2007 9:04AM
Great luck to come across this scene!
And then, perfect composition!

24 Jul 2007 4:14PM
fantastic viewpoint, amazing tones, has a comical feel. excellent documentry.
Benji 13 24
30 Jul 2007 10:52PM
aarg.. too many comments.. so much to scroll down.. Smile

Nice shot! i like the position of the "window cleaner".. very well spotted!
19 Sep 2007 3:40PM
wow! nice one

Keaton was much funnier than Chaplin Smile
proz 15 205 United States
24 Sep 2007 2:34AM
brilliant, you are very talented.
24 Sep 2007 6:49AM
25 Oct 2007 9:59AM
This is the best ever.....! Even better than one of those - if I just had a camera now. This is the sun, Moon, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn aligned with Mars, kind of photo...
Aistov 14 Russian Federation
13 Nov 2007 12:02AM
Oh! As I love such photos!!
HarryStan 15 50 Australia
21 Nov 2007 4:58PM
can't beleive I haven't clicked on this...its been in my faves for ages!
carlw 14
2 Dec 2007 4:52PM
Great shot and impressive showcase
I'm sure the left hand knot is slipping loose...

All the very best

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