Three men walking back to work after lunch.The men walk in unison. I liked this picture because it looked like it could come from any year in any major city.
I dropped a couple of dollars in his hat. He was playing Accordion in the Hague Netherlands on a deserted street and as far as I could tell I was the first one to give him even a penny all day. It looked like he was playing for tips but he just wasn’t in a very good spot for that.
He smiled, when I dropped the money in kept playing. I took two pictures in about 10 seconds and was about to take a third when his smile dropped and he said, “Thats enough pictures buddy”.
I must have been incredibly annoying with my photography that day because he was the 3rd person that either said, “No pictures or Stop taking pictures, or thats enough!”
One thing I have learned over time is that photographers have to be slightly annoying and intrusive to get any good pictures at all so instead of taking these protest as a negative thing, I thought to myself, I must be somewhat getting into the middle of things for people to have this somewhat negative reaction to me. I am always polite and request for pictures and always stop if someone say’s no.
In the end though, this guy was right. Maybe he was a bit cranky but I had enough for the day. I got on the train and said to myself, “Thats enough pictures buddy.”
And reflect on the fact that we live in So Cal and have summer weather while the rest of the nation is buried in snow.