New York's waiting area
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Laksa plays the Senegalese Kora and doesn't speak much English. When I asked him why he came to New York he simply said "I like America. It's nice." with a sheepish smile.

So we hung out in the subway and let the Kora do the talking. The sound of the Kora was quite something -- intense and entrancing, one can hear West Africa's proud heritage in its sound and Laksa's singing. His voice was a fascinating blend of silky smoothness and a distant nostalgia that permeated the subway with a sense of longing.

The train pulls into the station and drowns out the music, but Laksa doesn't stop. A few commuters dropped quarters and dollar notes into his case and he simply nodded gracefully without being distracted.

The train leaves the station, and Laksa and his Kora emerged from the noise again like wet sand under the tide. Every 5 minutes another train would pull in, pick up the commuters then pull away again, each time drowning out the music but Laksa seemed unbothered by it.

5 trains later Laksa finished his song. He turned to me with a smile, "I'm tired." he said, "Thank you for listening."

I told him the pleasure was all mine.





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New York, New York
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3474x3060px 3.68 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/30 second
Aperture
F/6.3
Focal Length
17 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Aug 13, 2008, 3:17:11 PM
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Comments (59)
mambasnake's avatar
time goes by, doesn't it?
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CatchMe-22's avatar
doesn't stop for anyone.. but our own mortality is what makes life so special
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Gothghostgirl|Hobbyist Photographer
Gawwwwd I love this picture :+favlove:
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sunshine911|Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured here: [link] :heart:
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MundenOner's avatar
Can really feel the mood there! good job :)
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Moustafa-Amer| Interface Designer
Beautiful scene , nice shot
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CurtiXs| Interface Designer
amazing! :love: :D
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delitescence's avatar
Very nice work. I like the way you actually put the main focus on the surrounding and combined the two contrasts: 'calmness' and ' pace':
The subway is rushing by while one lone musician plays unperturbetly his Senegalese Kora.

I enjoy your photographs a lot. Especially because (even without the annotations) they tell stories - (and I knw no better way to describe this) they have a heart :)

Keep up your love for photography.
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CatchMe-22's avatar
Thank u so much for ur comment. Yes the contrast of motion and tranquility is exactly what I was after here, glad u got it... and I do try to tell stories with my photographs. The way I give them their hearts is by talking and getting to know the subjects, even if I will never see them again on my journey.

Again, appreciate ur support... really means a lot :aww:
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heArt-soul1's avatar
subways are some of my favorite places to listen to music. take pictures. play music. sing. and anything else really.\
thank you for capturing it on film as well, its a good thing to appreciate
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CatchMe-22's avatar
yeah they're special places... the isolation, the alien environment and the unique lighting gives it a rather surreal atmosphere :)
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icyyyyy's avatar
i don't know what to say...just, indescribably beautiful
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CatchMe-22's avatar
thank u so much... i always thought it was beautifully sad too :)
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Jay-2|Professional Digital Artist
Featured :floating: [link] :floating:
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CatchMe-22's avatar
:aww: thank u so much! I'm honoured :)
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Jay-2|Professional Digital Artist
my pleasure :D
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Melancholy-Minds's avatar
You meet some very interesting people...
I love this shot... I can't say exactly why... but I just love it.
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CatchMe-22's avatar
thank u... so do I. There are so many amazingly interesting people in the world... one just has to open their eyes to see how special they are :)
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maldoror248's avatar
it's a fantastic photo. just perfect and with a wonderful background story
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CatchMe-22's avatar
thank u so much :) I enjoy writing the stories to accompany the photograph :) I think it's less lonely this way :D
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I really like this photograph.
Can I add it to our collections ?

*kazakchoc
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CatchMe-22's avatar
sure thing... i'll be honoured to! I'm actually part of the club but just been to busy to submit anything to u guys :)
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