Portraits

I like people watching. I try not to take images that would embarrass people and these are hopefully portraits to which the subjects would not object. Two were taken with consent. The first is a candid shot. A man reads his paper over the morning coffee. A scene repeated all over the world each day. He looked elegant.A very smart waistcoat. Note the slippers (red in the original frame) – he has not walked far._DSF7014-Edit This is Giorgio Nason, a glass jewelry maker – his card says (vetraio). We spent over 30 minutes chatting to him and bought some pieces. He has worked from his small rented workshop for over 25 years. His uncle was a renowned glass worker / artist on Murano. His workshop and shop (combined) are very close to the Santa Maria della Salute church. Giorgio Nason And finally a Hungarian busker. I know he is Hungarian because Giorgio told me. He was extremely good and had a hat full of money. He also had CDs for sale. Most buskers throw a few coins in the hat to encourage others. This man had a hat full of coins. I enjoyed his playing and his air of serenity.MandolinPlayerMy lack of expertise with Lightroom has caused me a lot of grief and I woke up at 4am trying to solve my problems – all related to the database not the images. I have originals and back ups of those. I am still exploring what I shot on the trip. Some pleasant surprises and memories and a few “why on earth…..? shots. To be continued.

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21 thoughts on “Portraits

  1. I find myself drifting into the same contemplative state of mind that comes over me in the better galleries. Once again you capture the person in the moment.

  2. I absolutely idolise the lute player. His name is Boka Bence.

    He is such a good player, and you see him in all seasons of the year, in Venice. I’d like to know his life story, he looks sad. I understand he started as a guitar player, then a friend gave him a lute that he had made.

  3. I am guessing that the gentleman reading his paper is the unpermissioned one. Looks like a hip shot.
    That lute is a very cool instrument….was it electric? Seems to have a cable attached. Mandolins are fairly small…some are used for slicing things. 😉
    Is glass jewelry prized? I often hear that some jewelry is made from colored glass to look like valuable gem stones.

    • Steve, you are correct. The gentleman newspaper reader was the rogue shot but not from the hip. He was just absorbed. The lute player was using a small amp I think but he played under an arch which also gave interesting acoustics.

      Murano glass is very famous but not as a precious stone. It is decorative, sometimes creatively designed but thankfully what we bought were relatively inexpensive pieces. It is difficult to know the price / value of it so we did not want to make expensive mistakes. Large glass sculptures need to be shipped too.

  4. These are all quite good. I love the people watching too. Gives one a perspective of how other people operate and how they go about their daily lives. I find all of these to be excellent.

  5. Molto belli questi ritratti. Io ho difficoltà a fotografare le persone, penso sempre che possano alterarsi…
    Però piano piano sto iniziando a provarci 🙂
    Ciao, Pat

    • B&W is like that. I took some shots at lunchtime with a very expensive camera (Leica M). The colour rendition was awful and beyond rescue. So I processed them in B&W and they are transformed. Sadly it is not supposed to be like that but fortunately I prefer B&W.

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