Posted by Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 30 December 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.
He was sitting on the corner, barely moving, just staring ahead, propping up the world of fun on a stick.
Looking relevant on this man. THE world must be infinite to observe situations so different.
30 Dec 2010 5:44am
this is awesome. I am on the verge of tears and that does not happen a lot
30 Dec 2010 5:53am
Your description is just as good as the shot. Fun on a stick, catchy.
30 Dec 2010 6:09am
terrefic portrait, Betty
30 Dec 2010 6:19am
i like these kind of pfotos so much tnx for commenting
30 Dec 2010 6:34am
30 Dec 2010 6:59am
So L.A. So still, this story of the immigrant peddler. And a great street portrait.
30 Dec 2010 7:19am
30 Dec 2010 7:20am
Il va s'endormir ? Je te souhaite une agréable journée
30 Dec 2010 7:41am
super shot, he looks a great character
30 Dec 2010 8:45am
World of fun indeed, his face portrays it! Great shot mrs.
30 Dec 2010 8:46am
Great street portrait of Balloon Man. Your description is more powerful ... :)
30 Dec 2010 8:47am
In your recent portraits i read a lot of tenderness right now in your heart, and i love that, something sweet the colors & all say. Love how this old man holds so tight the tree of balloons, like an aged kid remembering ole times when he used to run & fly lightly himself. Your image holds a very nostalgic story through your tender eye on him.
30 Dec 2010 8:57am
@k@: You are so kind to say what you say. I haven't turned my camera toward people much lately. There is always a tenderness I feel. Maybe your observation is right, more right now than normal. :) I can see the child in him, too. Just like you. :))
Love the colors and the composition. A great image ! I wish you a very Happy New Year... all the best for you and yours Bettina :)
30 Dec 2010 9:42am
trought your pics , we can feel your sensibility so well. Ballons look so heavy for this man...a strong portrait, very deep...
Good celebrations and happy new year, Bettina
30 Dec 2010 9:55am
@Jean-Luc: Thank you, Jean-Luc. Very nice of you to say. Happy New Year!
True stoicism in the face of poor sales. Poor chap
30 Dec 2010 10:47am
Did he lead shoes to hold him to the ground?
30 Dec 2010 11:05am
Lovely shot and treatment !!!!!!!!!!
30 Dec 2010 11:55am
he looks like a fun guy, not, or maybe just bored stiff...
30 Dec 2010 12:13pm
what is it - resignation, aloofness, sadness? all three together? who knows? what i do know is i like this photo a lot!
30 Dec 2010 12:21pm
how great is that theme!
i think he looks a little bit boring, or?
great theme, great shot!
30 Dec 2010 1:26pm
Lost in his own world! A wonderful street capture Bettina! Well done! ;-)
30 Dec 2010 1:45pm
Great catch ! Well done !
30 Dec 2010 1:46pm
Colourful picture......I LOVE IT !!!
30 Dec 2010 3:02pm
All these contrast with the colorful balloons sad face. Wonderful portrait. Nice day.
30 Dec 2010 3:08pm
Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year :).
30 Dec 2010 3:52pm
very great capture
30 Dec 2010 4:05pm
30 Dec 2010 4:16pm
ways of living
silence behind a lifetime
a kiss pablo
30 Dec 2010 4:17pm
@Melocoton: Thank you, Pablo, for all your kind words and encouragement and loveliness!
Balloon man looks very stoic under his balloons. He's sold many and one more customer is not that impressive to him any more. Perhaps this is a common result in all our lives of doing something a bit too long! :-)
30 Dec 2010 4:35pm
magnifica compo y color, muy buena, feliz año 2011 !!!
30 Dec 2010 5:15pm
superbe ce portrait !
30 Dec 2010 5:39pm
J'aime beaucoup le décalage entre le côté traditionnel du personnage et la marchandise criarde qu'il vend.
Une bien belle photo.
30 Dec 2010 5:42pm
terrific, intimate portrait and great description!
30 Dec 2010 5:49pm
Very nice colorful portrait
30 Dec 2010 5:52pm
Fabulous. He makes the balloons look heavy:)
30 Dec 2010 5:53pm
The balloons seem to become an umbrella to protect his private space. One only thing if you don't mind me saying, I would have walk closer to him to take the shot (if possible) instead of using a 450mm zoom.
30 Dec 2010 6:18pm
@Sonia Nansid: Hi Sonia, I have been meaning to answer. I would prefer to walk closer too, though I would still want to be stealthy about the shot. But in this case, as is the case in so many instances living in LA, I am in my car and have to catch a shot with the help of the zoom. Of course that doesn't always make for the crispest shot. Especially at that zoom. In this case I was was a red light and only had a few seconds to shoot a couple of images. Crazy LA life. ;)
Great shot - he seems to be in a world of his own.
30 Dec 2010 6:36pm
Atlas with a hat. ;)
30 Dec 2010 7:32pm
@Larry Lefever: Atlas with a hat. That's good. He's not even going to shrug, this Atlas.
Fantastic portrait! Nice colours...
30 Dec 2010 7:46pm
Très patient !...))
30 Dec 2010 9:35pm
inflatable aeroplanes. i suppose so.
30 Dec 2010 10:37pm
what a bloody great job.
30 Dec 2010 10:38pm
I want the yellow one, please. : )
30 Dec 2010 11:40pm
Everyone has a story...... His crisp, pressed, white shirt shows pride in his work. Wonderful tender portrait!
31 Dec 2010 12:58am
@Georgie: I agree. I admire his shirt.
fantastic documentary shot! it's so touching - so real. Excellent.
31 Dec 2010 3:36am
He looks so sad, but the balloons say: "Joy". Great portrait.
have a nice day.
31 Dec 2010 11:46am
Poignant comment to go with a great pic.
31 Dec 2010 9:20pm
He holds a universe in his hand. The cut legs of a balloon man are amazing!
1 Jan 2011 7:49am
Lovely face--half in darkness..such dignity with all those legs and swollen toys. Just a wonderful shot.
1 Jan 2011 9:11pm
Huge contrast between the fun he's carrying and his fun-less face. Good catch.
3 Jan 2011 7:03pm
This is a brilliant candid/streetwork shot . . I think I would have cropped even closer in to leave little more than him and his balloons . . retaining just his wonderful character !
4 Jan 2011 10:14am
I guess ballon man ran out of energy. A wonderful portrait of this man letting business come to him.
6 Jan 2011 7:56pm
..a shot full of both feeling and meaning to me..
19 Mar 2011 10:41am
@GIPSY ELENA: I'm glad. Thank you for visiting me back in time.
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