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Sidewalk Beethoven
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Published: March 12, 2006
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Please dont turn this into a political photo; I admire him for playing the piano on the street corner. He was an good pianist. I like this photo alot, I like how no one is really paying attention to the man playing, they all just go about their business. Its humbling in a way, but it also captures the true essence of a musician; not to get noticed, but do it for the sheer fun of it.

The final shot in the City Life series, taken at Pikes Place Market, Seattle. Enjoy.
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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Shutter Speed
1/50 second
Aperture
F/6.3
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Mar 4, 2006, 5:46:43 AM
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kavsikuzah's avatar
kavsikuzah|Hobbyist Photographer
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amourplease's avatar
I love the used look of the piano he's playing and the One Way sign especially in this piece. My eyes are immediately drawn to his hair and I especially like how you didn't include his face in the photograph. Beautiful composition.
Great work! :)
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MushroomMagic's avatar
hehe i know its late, but i was back in the area last month, and he was still playing there! im really glad you loved the photo :)
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JessicaElephant's avatar
I was about to ask if you were in Seattle when you took this and then I saw in your comment you were, I saw that guy last year... I bet he's out there everyday though? So I guess that's not that much of a coincidence ;P
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MushroomMagic's avatar
he could very well be there every day! :)
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iri-desuns's avatar
i thought there was something about the sign saying 'one way'...
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7ANYA's avatar
It feels good seeing pictures of home. :) I hope that the little things that make me like Seattle like people like him still remain when I come back to visit after I move out in the future. It's kind of like childhood memories. He adds a good feeling to Pike Place. It's fun having a shared knowledge about these little treasures, much like the strange wall of gum-and-pennies. :)
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MushroomMagic's avatar
haha yea that wall, very cool, and disgusting at the same time :p
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nightingale13's avatar
my family bought this guy's cd once...

big mistake. he's an amazing player but his cd doesn't have any music on it haha.

it's just him rambling about whatever ... whenever....
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MushroomMagic's avatar
haha i can imagine
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TrollGirl's avatar
TrollGirl|Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, Mr. Fox was excellent with choice of caption, it's truly the Piano Man of the song :D
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MushroomMagic's avatar
:D
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hyenacub|Hobbyist General Artist
A nice picture! Reminds me of the Old market here where I live. There are musicians on those street corners, too. It's pretty cool. Never saw a guy with a piano, though.
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MushroomMagic's avatar
thank you!
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blacwac's avatar
I have no clue who this guy is but........
He is AWESOME!!!
First, he's playing piano by the side of the road.
Second, the signs.
I know you said that it wasn't meant to be political. That isn't the reason I like the signs (well it's part of it). I like it because he has signs on a piano.
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MushroomMagic's avatar
hehe glad you like the shot, seattle is a very colorful place!
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IdleShutter's avatar
I got pics of this guy at Folklife this year! he is an amazing pianist isnt he :D I love is signs (know you didnt want it to be a political pic.) I recognize that very street corner too! :) <3 Seattle.

amazing shot.
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MushroomMagic's avatar
thank you very much! and yea i wanted to downplay the political aspect because as many political pictures are on here, most turn into flame wars.
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under-blue-skies's avatar
Beautiful composition and shot. A true musician indeed :)
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MushroomMagic's avatar
indeed, pursing a passion!
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lola-piano's avatar
This is beautiful and full of stories...
I wonder now in winter days, where does he go..
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MushroomMagic's avatar
i do too, hopefully somewhere warmer.
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lola-piano's avatar
I hope so too... :)
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faeryink's avatar
For some reason, I really like the One Way sign with the arrow pointing away from him. The picture is great.
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