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I was going to post my London shots sequentially – Friday night stuff, Saturday trip, Saturday night stuff – but John has just put a shot of this guy so I thought I would too. As for who he is: other that that he's lived in the East End all his life, and that he was more than happy to be photographed, I can't really tell you. What I can say though is that he didn't seem at all out of place. In any other city or town in the UK I suspect that his style of dress and his age might have seemed somewhat incongrous; but wandering along Brick Lane, on a busy Saturday lunchtime, he seemed like exactly the sort of person you might expect to meet.

On a sidenote: normally, when John and I photograph the same person, he gets the self-assured, almost cocky portrait, and I end up with something more tame or self-reflective. This time though I think, perhaps, that we got things the other way round.

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comment by Rock at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

This is a wonderful companion to John's shot of this gent. Between the two photographs we get a real glimpse into his character. What a great set of portraits.

comment by Mark [londonrubbish] at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

This is so cool, especially as I just saw John's shot. As well as the differing perspective, it's interesting to see the post processing you've both used on the same subject. To me this has a colder less friendly feel to it than John's shot, but I like it.

comment by john [shots] at 10:16 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

That is one brilliant picture djn.

And here is something very very bizzare. When me and Dave were discussing this picture after looking at his Camera LCD we both agreed that it reminded us of an Ian Dury type pose.

I have just opened this picture in my browser and as it appeared on my screen an advert came on television (capital one) that had the music from Ian Dury (Hit me with your rythm stick.

Now that is creepy.

I wish I had taken this photo - it is brillllllll.

comment by owen at 10:25 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

Excellent. That wall is such a great backdrop, and I love how colourful this guy is (in every sense of the word).

comment by garyx at 10:34 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

Great picture. You've got a nice set between you. This geezer and the background really do compliment each other. What do you say to people to get them to pose like this?

comment by Jem at 10:37 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

Awesome shot Dave! Love the contrast in colours, and the strong constrast on the background. Great portrait :)

comment by EOS Chaos at 10:52 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

Cool shot of a cool looking Geezer. I've seen 3 shots of this guy tonight, though all are quite different, he looks great in all of them. His pose, and the turned up cuffs in this image are just great. So, so, cool!

comment by henning at 10:54 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005


reminds me of jackson pollock.

comment by miles at 11:02 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

Great shot, I think you both got excellent shots of him!

Pity I missed you guys in London, I think I was ten minutes too late to trafalgar!

comment by ::: A R M O K S ::: SHowcase at 11:22 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

Just saw John's potrait and believe me they make a very different potraits of same person, almost contradictory....I think Jon's shot is more freindly and this one gives nearly the opposite feeling. Both of them are very good with different themes in them...

comment by miguel at 11:23 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

A Great picture, like allways. But today I have to tell you I like more the version from http://shotsphotography.co.uk/blog/
anyway this is wonderfull

comment by StuartR at 11:32 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

This guy makes me think of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer doing the "Cockney Walkabout" on Shooting Stars...

comment by paul at 11:45 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2005

superb dave

comment by KK at 12:42 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Hi david, I added you to my links. Just so I dont miss any of your shots :)

comment by Leo at 12:59 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Nice. I love the backdrop and the colors.
It's weird how his hands are blurry though, everything else is so sharp, and it doesn't look like he's moving his hands.

comment by tobias at 01:40 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

It has to be for me, purely the extremely bright (see "lurid") dress contrasted so well against that monochrome wall. He's had a hard life yet is dressed quite dapper.

You off for a curry then David my son, up the apples and pears, givin' it all the lemon etc.

comment by Juwan at 01:49 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

wow, this is great. i just love the texture of the wall and the contrast of different colors, this is an excellent portrait. genius.

comment by Ed { tfk } at 02:04 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Nice backdrop. The contrasting colours are great, I'm trying to work out what he's holding but it's been distorted, I guess that's what happens with such a wide lens.

comment by Viking at 03:38 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Did you and John switch cameras or something?

What an interesting looking fellow. He stands out so nicely against that wall.

comment by Adam Hodgins at 05:02 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

That jacket against that wall is amazing!

comment by geoffbennett at 06:51 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

great shot dave - what an amazing day! it's good to see a differnt take on the same subject after being there and seeing this guy posted on differnt blogs.

comment by Judith Polakoff at 06:53 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Wow, great stuff from you and John today! Amazing how the same subject against the same backdrop, taken (I assume) at about the same time of day can be so completely different. Can't choose a favorite between you; you both did a fantastic job.

comment by Amy at 07:29 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

His shuit is quite the look. Great contrasst to this mostly black wall. I find I like this picture best with the darkest bg because it causes one to see the man best. Also, it malkes the white stuff on the wall seem not as stark. It's much more dramatic with the dark bg. Great shot again`

comment by Adriana at 07:56 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

I love the fact that his outfit is not just particular bur really brigth wich makes a wonderful contrast with the tones on the wall. I agrre with your note. this time you and John took the oposite rol here.

comment by Rob at 09:10 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Great shot! Love, as do many people, the guy against the background. How long do you spend, on average, chatting to people to make them feel comfortable enough to get shots like this?

comment by Nick Lewis at 09:32 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

This is a brilliant character study. Love the background too. As the other guys have said, the contrast is great too.

comment by pierre at 09:55 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

What a character, and what a backdrop.

comment by Marina at 09:56 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

I just tested the different themes and for me it looks even better with the black one. For some reasons he looks a bit lost in this shot (maybe because of the perspective or the position of his hands) which I really like.

comment by Navin Harish at 10:28 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Nice colours

comment by Noswal at 11:28 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

can you post a link to John's pic / john's site ?

comment by Mystery Me at 12:29 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Nicely done.

comment by Stephan Kohler at 12:52 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Great photo. I like yours better than the one John show in his blog.

comment by Dutch PhotoDay at 02:32 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Great point of view and contrast of colours!

comment by Robert at 02:55 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Really nice portrait - the setting, pose, expression and clothing all work together here.

comment by sanjin at 03:14 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

nice one.
reminds me of keith richards from the rolling stones.
maybe this guy was also a rock star in his younger days

comment by Naz at 03:45 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

I love this, and all of your other shots as well, your site it great. I have a question though, how do you get your rich dark tones (especially your beach shots) without losing the brightness of your pictures, and without them being over-saturated? Any help would be appreciated!

comment by Russ Morris at 04:15 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

This is classic! The background is so rich - and yet it is a perfect compliment to the gent's natty and colorful attire. Just WOW!

comment by Brandon at 05:21 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Great shot. Awesome clothes for an old guy. :) Very retro. Love the sharp colors.

comment by Stephanie at 05:29 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

for Noswal http://shotsphotography.co.uk/blog/

comment by djn1 at 09:44 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2005

Thanks everyone.

garyx: I just asked him if he'd mind if we photographed him then chatted about what we were doing, the East End, and so on.

miles: sorry we missed you, it would have been good to have met up.

Leo: I'm not sure why his hands are blurry.

Ed: I'm not sure what he's holding. I didn't notice at the time, and can't make it out now.

comment by kikko77 at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 28 September, 2005

great contrast of bw and colour

comment by Andreas B.A. at 12:42 PM (GMT) on 29 September, 2005

This pic is great! love this guy... such a caracter