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When Worlds Collide

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Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 27 May 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The combination of Indian dancers and Harleys was quite something. I loved the eclectic atmosphere, and the disparate worlds getting together in harmony.

NIKON D3000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 100 72 mm (35mm equiv.)

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderful portrait and a super title to go with it...These guys really have a zest for life and you have portrayed it beautifully Betty:)

27 May 2010 5:03am

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

I think you hit gold at this event...what a wonderful image...I think you are doing great visual antrhropolgy

27 May 2010 5:14am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wooh, terrefic shot and nice portrait

27 May 2010 5:23am

Dana from Burbank, United States

Milking the bikers, with an Aztec thrown in ;p. Great light. Funny juxtaposition. Amusing shot.

27 May 2010 5:45am

@Dana: I'm a regular dairy. ;)

Mark Johnson from Rural Colorado, United States

Such an unexpected combination! The dancer really has an intricate outfit!

27 May 2010 5:45am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A very nice b&w Bettina.
An Aztec man and Harleys ... one of two things is in the wrong place..!

27 May 2010 5:53am

Danièle from ETampes, France

quelle présence ! il vole la vedette aux belles carrosseries ;-)

27 May 2010 6:01am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A cacophony of shapes, forms, textures and cultures .... wooooeeee!
This is definitely not your cell phone...
sharp clarity and detail and black and white tones; a nice silvery quality !

27 May 2010 6:31am

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

How these two world blend in is a beauty itself. Both rich and yet distinct in their history and character. Lovely shot!

27 May 2010 6:43am

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands

i'd say Elvez and Tina Turner in the background while easy riding.
great collision

27 May 2010 6:43am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

An Indian in modern times that does not overlap the same horse! Superb shot. Good day.

27 May 2010 7:14am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

At a rally of Harley's in Barcelona ... I saw someone similar. It's a really strange atmosphere and great fun ... People are funny and good bikers! The ones I know well clear!

27 May 2010 7:25am

dan from Paris, France

The beautiful mechanics and the fineries are a beautiful show.

27 May 2010 7:26am

pascal from bollene, France

what a biker !!!!!!!!!

27 May 2010 7:40am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

fantastic portrait , always yours B/W contrast excellent .

27 May 2010 7:44am

Aniya from Tehran, Iran

love ur pic ur camera 2 ;)

27 May 2010 7:46am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A super world there ! A beautiful portrait with a great Harley background !!

27 May 2010 8:00am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Nice contrast.. fantastic shot.

27 May 2010 8:10am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

It's a wonderfull world !! Lovely shot , Phil.

27 May 2010 8:22am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very curious combination, insolit! Great b/w

27 May 2010 8:29am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Haha maybe they traded their horses for iron horses for the occasion ;) I love the atmosphere in this "biker series"... it's so unusual ! Have a great day Bettina :)

27 May 2010 8:49am

k@ from Paris, France

The Indian Sun ! What a super contrast - i would love to see him riding ;) Great B&W too.

27 May 2010 8:56am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

what a culture clash in several respects. but peaceful. man and machine, natives and settlers, past and present. very symbolic. lovely.

27 May 2010 9:04am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom


27 May 2010 9:14am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Funny and happyness melting pot !!:):):)
and good picture !!:)

27 May 2010 9:45am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

it's funny and cool!

27 May 2010 9:58am

Sonia Nansid from Stockholm, Sweden

Spectacular B&W!!!

27 May 2010 10:01am

L¨M from Bras sur Meuse, France

j'adore ce contraste..bien rendu avec le noir et recherche des racines et les dernières motos !!!Il crève l'écran! SUPERBE

27 May 2010 10:08am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


27 May 2010 10:10am

Chris from Haute Loire, France

A man sun, so radiant in front of these beautiful mechanics. Beautiful contrast.

27 May 2010 10:47am

Florence from Paris, France

Oh yes, collide is the right world indeed. Miles away (at first sight) from each other... but in fact Indians have also the right to be Harley Davidson fans ! Great sreet image and great mono.

27 May 2010 10:59am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

How cool would be to see this chubby Indian riding one of these bikes , dressed just like that :))

27 May 2010 12:07pm

jpla from France

Bravo pout ton N&B ! Bon après midi

27 May 2010 12:08pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! What a shot this is! I have to wonder what exactly is going on here as it's such an interesting mesh of elements. Your title is perfect.

27 May 2010 1:03pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A strange mix, indeed, but there is, also, a harmony running thru the shot like it all belongs together.

27 May 2010 1:31pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Great contrast ...A beautiful shot ! Well done !

27 May 2010 2:22pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great capture!!!

27 May 2010 2:47pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

an Indian amongst Harleys is a pretty tough competition.

27 May 2010 3:31pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Amazing collision of worlds, and there you are a time traveler catching the glimpse of the unusual yet obviously possible juxtaposition of modern life as we know it. Bravo, I say! Keep up the grand sharing of your observations, wherever they lead you.

27 May 2010 3:42pm

ninna from kerman, Iran


27 May 2010 4:12pm

ninna from kerman, Iran


27 May 2010 4:13pm

ninna from kerman, Iran

cool ! :D

27 May 2010 4:14pm

alex centrella from California, United States

too cool !

27 May 2010 4:31pm

K.B.R from Switzerland

:) cool shot,

27 May 2010 5:18pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5********

27 May 2010 5:23pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Very detailed b/w showing the nice performance! Great!

27 May 2010 6:09pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Il ne doit pas passer inaperçu avec un tel panache! Superbe portrait! :)

27 May 2010 6:17pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

The latest dress to drive a motor bike :)

27 May 2010 6:26pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Looks so out of place, but a fascinating thought of modernity mixing with the traditional.

27 May 2010 7:09pm


5 Stars for the contrasts......................I like this B and W Picture...

27 May 2010 8:19pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

lovely. beautifully incongruous.

27 May 2010 10:12pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Excellent find and superbly captured. I like the contrast here. Just imagine him (with that outfit) on a Harley... ;)

27 May 2010 11:13pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Voilà. Ça c'est de la photo de reportage!
This one is really powerful !!

28 May 2010 12:48am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

another superb shot from this event, must have been so interesting being there

28 May 2010 1:18am

@JJ: It was! I was primarily focused on getting pictures of the band, but I snuck in as much as I could in the crowd. I felt a little like a party crasher, but everyone was welcoming, so it was cool. :)

Bill Brown from California, United States

Excellent capture!

28 May 2010 4:23am

barbod from rasht, Iran

Very beautiful

28 May 2010 4:49am

zahra from shiraz, Iran


28 May 2010 5:16am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

I'll admit that few things surprise me but this did... I guess it's a new world.

29 May 2010 12:18am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

amazing capture

31 May 2010 7:44am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


2 Jun 2010 1:21pm

1/125 second
ISO 100
72 mm (35mm equiv.)