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Dancers on stage at one of the sound systems. Like many of the systems this one is there every year in the same spot. It plays an eclectic mix of 50's rock and roll and various other weird stuff, as far as I can tell, and attracts a big crowd of faithfuls.

Talbot Road, Notting Hill Carnival, London, August 2002
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 400, lab, scanned neg

[edit] I've thought of a good word to describe this sound system: Lynchian. One year all the dancers were wearing antlers
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dougbtn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002  Professional Photographer
tomes of words :-) (Smile)

A] I like the shot, it made me think of the elfins in Lord of the Rings, just with more drugs ;-) (Wink)

B] I could not help but laugh at Erthers talk of bullshitting his teachers about the depth of content. I know soooo well what you mean rofl Maybe this is the price of our 'art', we have to type more BS to go with it.
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kalayl Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002
Well, whatever's going on here, it's a great piece of documentary photography. Nice work!
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ringsadako Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002
fantastic capture....the 2 characters are totally perfect in their way of beeing (don't know if you understand what i mean...)
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earther Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2002
oh jeeez, my immediate response to 'unowhos' comment is one i'd rather not repeat here. He's joking, right? Not that this isn't a lovely shot, i just cant believe that altering the angle and shooting with a nice b&w film somehow magically alters the significance of a subject.

When Ash, when will he understand that street photos arent about the lighting, angle, composition, film, framing, or hanging on a freaking gallery wall. These photos are about the people we observe and document in our daily lives. Each of us having our own way of interpreting and relating that which we perceive. Neither my technique, yours, dougs, narangs, or anyone elses' is superior. What helps to define us is that we each have our own style and subject matter that we like to document. That, and of course, the moment of release, the Right Time :) (Smile) I mean, I could just as easily say that this photo has certain qualities that are lacking when compared to mine :D (Big Grin) Why does this fellow continue to insist that one style is better than the other?

Be honest, is it me? Am i the one being stubborn and stiff? Should i be questioning my skill and ability to translate into image, that intense passion inside of me which demands that i go out every day of my life and try to learn about and resolve all that troubles and astounds me? (i really like to use 'and') :) (Smile) Is my work actually missing an element that would somehow make it more perfect? Maybe i havent taken enough photography or design classes or something. I always wonder if going back to art school would be a wise idea. If somehow 'learning' the 'rules' of photography would somehow elevate my boring photos to a state of orgiastic bliss :D (Big Grin) All i really remember about art school is bullshitting my teachers into believing a piece had way more meaning then intended and the absolute refusal of those same teachers to think outside the box of whatever it was they were a prisoner of. (I left after one year due to the hopeless nature of the situation)

You know, its really funny when when you think back to what inspired this all [link]

Well, this turned out a bit longer than expected :D (Big Grin) Before this, I had just had a look at your recent postings and wanted to throw out a few wows and things but i'm a bit worn now and will hopefully get the chance later... Really liked everything i saw tho. And i'm curious about the word 'lab' ;) (Wink)
Crap, i hope he wasnt talking about someone else...
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spoco2 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2002
I've been seeing a few of your shots from this festival, and I must say that I do like them.

I like the shallow focus depth on this, although it does give the odd impression of her left arm being not hers... :) (Smile)

Great shot though... and off I go to look at more of your work...
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misteriddles Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2002   Photographer
Lynchian, eh? Sounds very interesting. Good capture.
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narang99 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2002
Dam! this is a fantastic photo, i just love the dof and detail to it, it's sooooo good, oh yah just crop abit from the left, +fav!
This is so much better than what i had seen.
I love the b&W
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verunec Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2002
This one has more or less what I feel is lacking in our friend's photography. But this is an old discussion and there is no more time to talk about ;) (Wink)

I think it is exceptional.
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ritsoku-fushi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2002
nice picture
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adixion Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2002
another great capture ash,
i like the focus
and the contrast
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