Who Is That Masked Man? -- (El Bandito?)

by Crosley John

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Gallery: Faces in Time

Tags: street-portraits crosley seeking critique

Category: Street

Published: Friday 31st of August 2007 01:37:43 PM


John Crosley
Actually Maybe I won't. ;~) John (Crosley)

John Crosley
Explanation Coming I will explain this photo and how it happened to come about in a week or so. Your guesses and surmises are welcome if you wish to post them. John (Crosley)

Billy Syk.
very good take! I guess the smell from dirty laundry makes the manager put some antismell cloth on his nose, maybe wet or sth :-) He could be smiling underneath or he may be not. This b/w I like very much :-) It has a story to say even If I dont know who the person is or what he is doing there. The black repeating "circles" add a lot to the overall composition...really nice I cant yet grab such takes. I have to get in a PR situation something Winogrand didnt do. I remember in a video someone asked him "Hey did you take my photo?" and he answered "No I took MY photo". Maybe I'll try that in the future. For now I admire the tries of others including this one :-)

John Crosley
Billy, thanks, but there's more to the Winogrand story Winogrand went down city streets taking photo after photos, often a roll of 36 a block, and very often shaking hands. If accosted, he likely had a quick comment, like you say, but he is known for his gregariousness. For safety, it's necessary to have a quick, disarming remark for every situation (I like that remark and perhaps I'll use it). I moved around this man to complete the repeating dark round shapes of the dryers and framed this just so he's be seen as a break in the pattern with his dark, round head. That's part of doing what I do. I have other, good captures, but I chose this one for that. And the smells around the dryers are quite clean. The mask was for something else; maybe sometime I'll tell the story -- maybe not, but no bad smells. (Think 'safety' ;~) ) I was doing my laundry when I took this; just another example of why one takes a camera (or cameras) all the time, ALLL the time. My best to you, your worthy critiques are always very welcome. John (Crosley)

John Crosley
Billy even more (maybe more than you want to know) An Internet article from an authoritative site confirms that Winogrand, who went for his last years ('50s) to California and at the end just kept going to the same places and taking the same photographs, and seemed to be in some sort of 'rut'. He had told others that he would retire to review his photos which he purposefully didn't review until years later, and even left 400,000 photos unreviewed at his death, including contact sheets, undeveloped film, and uncontacted but deveoped film. Those who saw the photos, however, said they were uninspired and repetitious. He possibly had lost some touch with reality, it is suggested. He spoke to others of getting a view camera and retiring to the mountains, to take an occasional photo/a landscape as he reviewed his life's work -- his negatives and contact sheets. However,he died at 56, apparently of cancer. Sad end. It seems his cup was literally empty. (Cartier-Bresson never had an empty cup; retiring from photography in late '60s--early '70s, then drawing and painting away until nearly his death at '94 two years ago.) His cup had runneth over far longer than anyone ever hoped. John (Crosley)

John Crosley
Cristian ;~) John (Crosley)

Cristian C. (Barcelona)
didn't know sub comandante marcos did his own laundry.

John Crosley
The masked man explained This man works the midnight shift at a 24-hour laundry in Watsonville, California. Beneath each of the huge, multi-load dryers behind him, there is a lint filter. The lint filter is a large tray, designed to capture stray lint -- and they do a good job. Coal miners used to suffer from 'black lung disease' and cotton workers suffered from 'brown lung' disease. This man, apparently not being given any protection from his employer (or perhaps being a 'contractor') had no special breathing protection apparatus, but apparently was aware the 'lint' (composed primarily of cotton and other, similar fabrics) posed some sort of threat to breathing. So, he wore a bandana to work, which he usually wore around his neck. When it came time each night to clean the lint trays, he simply put the bandanna over his face and mouth -- to capture as effectively as he could, the stray lint which otherwise he might breathe. Posted because above I promised an explanation. John (Crosley)

John Crosley
'Who IS That Masked Man? (El Bandito?) This capture, from early this morning, is full frame and unmanipulated (conversion from color doesn't count as 'manipulation'). Your ratings and critiques are invited and most welcome. If you rate harshly or very critically, please leave a helpful and constructive comment; please share your superior photographic knowledge to help improve my photography. Thanks! Enjoy! John

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