If you saw and read the first photo from this set (see link below) You would have read what I wrote about capturing street performers but not just simply capturing them. Capturing the true feeling and personality of the person and their act.
I had one person (*Suzage
) comment and mention how she thought it was great that I had captured him in a more intimate way assuming that I had approached him for photos after his act, instead of just standing back and taking photos of him while he was performing.
These photos were all of Sonny Holiday while he was performing. I could ask him after his acts if I could take some photos of him, but it just does not seem that It would be the same if I were to do that, nor does he seem very approachable. Part of my goal and challenge has been to capture him during his act, because it is so much a part of his character.
From the first time I captured him [link]
and being one of my first street subjects I ever ventured to capture; from that first photo I ever took of him, I became fixated on capturing his eye contact. As he glances around the crowd that gathers on the sidewalk next to some alley, it's only ever a split second that you have it. But....
This day, he stopped for me, and gave me a full second.
He turned to the crowd and said, "That's my Halloween face." as the crowd chuckled he turned back to me and said, "I wear it year round, kid."
As a few people have noticed, I find the misfits sign in the window to be quite fitting, as he seems to me to be quite a misfit himself.
Canon EOS-3~35mm~Ilford XP2@320~neg scan
And thank you for reading all of this if you have. I do love being able to tell my stories and thoughts behind my photos.