The Violinist - Black and White Portrait

Here’s a photograph I made a few years ago - It’s been on my website, but never posted on my blog with details.

In 2005 I was in Chicago doing who-knows-what. Naturally I had brought my camera to take photographs of the city while I was there. As I was walking around I saw an older gentleman, a street performer, playing a violin on a busy corner.

I’ve seen many street performers, but this was the first time I had ever seen one playing a violin. I used to play the violin when I was younger and have a huge respect for those that have mastered this difficult instrument.

The camera system I had with me was a Canon 20D with a 100-400mm lens. As my focal length was plenty long, I backed off and sat on a park strip and listened to the beautiful music competing with the sounds of traffic.

While sitting there, I composed a few shots and timed them between the crowds of people passing by. This one is my favorite.

I love the look on the mans face. He seems to be very passionate about his craft, and at total peace playing for coins on a busy corner.

Violinist - Black and White Portrait

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