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Christmas Troubadour

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 26 December 2008 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Playing beautifully on a rainy Christmas Eve in San Francisco. He moved back and forth effortlessly between Christmas songs and traditional Chinese music using a traditional Chinese string instrument. Seated beneath the window of Molinari's Delicatessen in North Beach.

[notebook]: this was a last minute substitution to this post. He was happy I was taking his photograph and added much to my Christmas Eve.

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EYES WIDE SHUT from A corner of Utopia, United Kingdom

A superb portrait, with fabulous detail and tones. You've created an essence of the ambience, and I can almost hear the music flowing as I view the scene.

26 Dec 2008 6:42am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I can see why Stephen, Superb portrait of a musician in the rain, so poetic...:)

26 Dec 2008 8:31am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great shot Stephen.

26 Dec 2008 9:04am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Great street shot! A winner.

26 Dec 2008 10:32am

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

A lovely street shot with beautiful toning. He seems to be all alone... I hope he had an audience...

26 Dec 2008 10:53am

@Mirko Herzner: For the several minutes I was there - I was his only audience.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Really well done, Stephen. You can see the happiness in his face!

26 Dec 2008 11:24am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this street portrait a lot… Because of the B&W, because of the window behind him with these Italian stuff…

26 Dec 2008 12:44pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

He's enjoying so much... must be a true music lover! Superb atmosphere and night mood Stephen!!!

26 Dec 2008 12:46pm

Marcie from United States

Beautiful street image. He seems so totally content and happy.

26 Dec 2008 1:10pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

What a wonderful capture of the street musician, his pose and facial expressions shows he is enjoying playing music for the people that pass by

26 Dec 2008 1:57pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

I'm glad you added this one - it brought me a smile. I love seeing people who enjoy their art or music or whatever their passion is as much as he obviously enjoys singing. Your images while I've been gone are wonderful as always - this one is probably my favorite (or maybe the great big red christmas balls???) Hope you holidays have been great and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work over the new year.

26 Dec 2008 5:41pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

what a great shot - full of life and energy and of joy that this man has - what a great thing to come across and to be able to photograph....well taken....

27 Dec 2008 12:15am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

This is a fantastic street portrait and a really interesting human interest Christmas story.

27 Dec 2008 12:33am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

Like my favorite christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life", some things like this photo were meant to be shot in b/w. Please do not show me the color in this photo, because I see more in this photo through your lens in b/w.

27 Dec 2008 4:28am

grant from kansas city, United States

wonderful photo!

27 Dec 2008 8:32pm