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Urban Guardian

By niamh  
Another scene from Barcelona. This man stands on his balcony all day keeping his eye on the plaza below. He shouts at people who make too much noise and sometimes threatens to call the police.

All comments welcome.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: jan 1, ukuwi, mattmatic and 20 more

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jan 1 16 12 Netherlands
24 Jun 2004 2:33PM
Guess He is a Bask?
A Nice Splitted Portrait, Niamh
brm 16 76
24 Jun 2004 3:13PM
Very nice shot, like the composition a lot, although as I scrolled down the page I actually like it even more with the window cropped out.

24 Jun 2004 4:48PM
Good one. I think I'd maybe want to shout too if I lived in that apartment! Drab colours livened up with the red and blue. Well seen
sze4j 16 56 Singapore
24 Jun 2004 4:59PM
Good urban shot...and we've got potentially 3 images in there...all interesting by themselves! nice one, Niamh! =)
jmmd 16 1
24 Jun 2004 5:11PM
Very nice it very much. click
niamh 17 34 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2004 5:54PM
thanks people.

like the idea about the different crops ben and sze - hadn't thought about that.

jan, he's VERY catalan.
PatriciaWilson 16 617 58 Greece
24 Jun 2004 6:04PM
Glad he's not my neigbour, super candid shot, like it, click!
paul_indigo 17 259 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2004 6:15PM
I love this shot. Its so graphic with each element having its place. The man looking in the same direction as the sign is pointing just makes it perfect. The decisive moment.
Origami_Owl 17 786
24 Jun 2004 10:45PM
Hooray!!!new pic.

The drama created by the sign post, bike and man all going in one direction is ace.

Rock on Niamh

ukuwi 16 476 1 England
25 Jun 2004 5:22AM
Super shot Niamh, about time as well, its the heat thats sends them mad you know, how do you know he is very Catalan, if I remember correctly, its a widely spoken language and an area, so you must either know this guy or recognise his shouting, sorry if I am talking rubbishSmile
niamh 17 34 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2004 11:42AM
thanks patricia, both pauls and tony!

tony, you're not talking rubbish. millions of people speak catalan in spain/france/italy etc - but i meant catalan in the sense that he's from the province catalonia. they're famous for having a certain attitude! i know catalan when i hear it cos i've lived in barcelona so long .... definitely not cos I know this guy personally!!
mattmatic 16 598
26 Jun 2004 5:56AM
Yes, a new pic!!!
I like this - very well composed, and a great capture! Almost B&W with islands of colour.
Matt :click:
26 Jun 2004 6:37AM
Excellent composition and a great shot Niamh, like this a lot.
Very well done.
26 Jun 2004 8:36AM
At least you know your bike won't get knicked! Nice shot.
aalonso 16 2
26 Jun 2004 11:37AM
i dont know that character,but i think ill check that out..sounds promising Smile

Nice one

sugarbird 16 223 South Africa
26 Jun 2004 2:42PM
Lovely Niamh, re your kind comments on mine, I guess I make people relaxed by making them laugh, I have a strange sense of humour, also with these people , I make them feel important (as they are), the locals just love having their pictures taken, if you visit Africa you will find that, also I am shy, so I don't know how i get the courage to ask them, i just force myself and most are just happy to do it.
regards Jill
funkeldink 16 1.6k 1 Australia
26 Jun 2004 3:04PM
yesssssss --- neevtastic -- mint shot me dear == looks like he's ready to jump over and kick the crap outta someone
funkeldink 16 1.6k 1 Australia
26 Jun 2004 3:08PM
probably me
26 Jun 2004 7:42PM
People pics, great stuff. Klicked. K.
niamh 17 34 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2004 1:31AM
cheers guys! appreciated.
old timer 16 55 1 Scotland
27 Jun 2004 7:26AM
Like this, Niamh. The whole pic is well-balanced and tells a story. Barcelona is my favourite city.
funkeldink 16 1.6k 1 Australia
27 Jun 2004 10:13AM
bet ya daren't nick that bike
funkeldink 16 1.6k 1 Australia
27 Jun 2004 2:15PM
go on dare ya
niamh 17 34 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2004 10:07PM
thanks jim.

fred, i'll find out his phone number, you can call it, and when he goes in to answer, i'll nab it. too easy.
magda_indigo 17 418 England
27 Jun 2004 11:37PM
what a shot, well spotted and captured click (*:*)
debbiehardy 16 363 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2004 12:24PM
Great shot as is...
niamh 17 34 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2004 3:16AM
thanks a lot magda and debbie
7 Jul 2004 11:06AM
Brilliant capture of an urban scene.
niamh 17 34 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2004 4:42PM
thanks francois
4 Nov 2004 11:02AM
I love these type of images. Very well structured. Brilliant.

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