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Shoeshine Man

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Portrait of a shoeshine man in Lisbon, Portugal.
I took this pic not so long ago. Very courageous man.

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Image details
Image size
940x663px 468.71 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 15, 2012, 6:01:22 PM
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cassiebelle17's avatar
i really love this one...
SpiffyNoodles's avatar
i didnt think shoeshiners existed anymore. why is he curageous?
Lady-Fayble's avatar
Love this. He looks like he has a secret =]
UseTheBrakes's avatar
Never see a shoeshiner here. I don't think I'd be happy with the job though...
000Colibri000's avatar
Wow, this piece is absolutely stunning. Keep up the amazing work! :)
KaitoAozora's avatar
This is brilliant. I honestly thought this was a full-page pencil work at first--I mean, Pencil vs Paper proves your sketching skills are as good as your photography, so it's not hard to believe.

I don't know how you do it. I really don't.
BiBiARTs's avatar
great shot !!!
floriaiglenoir's avatar
...great shot:iconlovesplz:..we don't see lots of such nowadays anymore,and I think ,it's a shame...and Yes,they need a lot of ourage to do this,but it's something useful,and traditional,in a way...
BitterAlkaloid's avatar
Did you manipulate this at all in photoshop? If you did, you did an amazing job making it look like a drawograph. It looks really like a hybrid picture sketch. If you didn't, you are insanely talented. The only thing constructive I can say, is I might try cropping the right side a little bit. I'm not saying it'll be better, but it would give it an interesting twist and social commentary. Like it might be interesting to see how it makes the guy in the striped hoodie have a oppressed feel to it and make the guy on the chair look bigger and more like he's the boss. Regardless, just the way it is, it's pure awesome.
Orima-Kazooie's avatar
It'sa very hard to believe this is photography; or it would be from anyone else.
I'm afraid I don't enough about photography to give a proper critique, but let me say there's not a lort to improve on, if anything.
IrusikToFFee's avatar
this is absolutely incredible.
we meet artists like you once in a lifetime.
FlowersBreAtH's avatar
I have no idea how you managed to create this look of a very accurate and clean pencil portrait, but it's awesome!
Tafari99's avatar
impossible .. almost thought that this photo :D
laSeek's avatar
Love this photo Ben - you have a wonderful way of capturing a moment.
Thanks for this - it's helped a lot with a sketch I have in mind.
MarsiaMS's avatar
The image is surreal and very "alive" at the same time
phyphydi's avatar
it's just amazing...
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