2005-03-23: I wish I could have gotten a better shot of Manfred with his rats.
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Miles, I think you summed up this guy pretty well. I'm pretty sure I've seen him around. He hangs out near Osgoode Hall, right?
And thanks for the link!
My, what a character.
I've seen this guy in front of Osgoode Hall consistently since moving to Toronto in 1999. I didn't know his name until now.
i really appreciate what´s behing your portraits. one can tell that you create some kind of intimicy with the people you photograph. we can say, by their expressions, that they find you a very nice person, with noble feelings! and i also think that they really appreciate the fact of someone going to talk with them...
it´s rather fascinating and makes me feel happy,for you and for them!
congratulations for all that and for your amazing work.
After seeing shots two and three and realizing what he was looking down at, the collection really tugged on my heartstrings. It's moving to know what someone could find it in their heart to love and care for these beings. And it made me smile since it reminded me of The Green Mile.
A wonderful post.
Very nice post and summed up pretty good as Jordan has said. It looks as if the rats are disciplined very well. And probably they move to the other arm every half hour on a command? ;-)
Great shot... love the rats!!!!
heh, thanks, Manfred is the guy at the corner of Osgoode hall, he's quite a fixture. He didn't mind being photographed but he didn't want to stand still so I didn't get the shot I wanted, which would be something like the top one but including the rats :)
Miles, this is really great, I love the second shot.
Truly amazing how they just sit there on his arm. Miles, I like the composition of each photograph; really tells a story.
Its interesting how the tonal range of your B&W photographs is so consistent. Since the light has to be changing from day to day, you must be doing something specific in PS to get that look.
Hmmm I didn't realise there was a sameness about them, I'll take a look back and see if perhaps I'm subconsciously doing something I shouldn't be. Almost all of these shots were taken in similar light though, I like to shoot on overcast but still luminous days.
These are taken with the 20d so there is a conversion to black and white which I us PS for. I have a few techniques that I use depending on what the image is, how the tones are distributed etc, and I think I've got the conversion process to a point where I'm happy with it :) I tried a plugin that converts to black and white but wasn't happy with it.
I've seen the guy with the rats before downtown. I didnt stop to talk to him though, but I took a look.
Interesting to see a photo on here of someone I saw weeks ago, in the same spot too.
I agree with you Miles, I would've liked to see a shot like the first one, except cropped less tight to include the rats. However, the triptych works.
Great find Miles! And I love the image with all the tails hanging from the guys arm. Brilliant.
Excellent portrait framing! Why didn't you post rats in bnw too?
what an intresting character, great set of shots, gives us a small insight into his Rat world. Your portraits are just excellent, the b&w work you've got nailed.
I agree with your assessment. I wish the two black and whites could be merged - close up of his face with all the tails in the frams. Still a great series though!
I gave you link in my latest post. Thanks for your comment!
what else is there to say...nice shots! keep the portraits coming!
Another excellent one ... I see that you are starting to include more than just the faces of people in your pictures. Don't get me wrong I do not think that there is anything wrong with just face portraits because I do that all the time. But sometimes including more adds to the picture as it tells more about the person … hmmm …I think I need to do this more too.
wow! does he always have the rats with him? i wonder how he gets them to sit so still on a row like that. totally amazing person and pictures. and rats. here are more pictures of rats if anywone is interrested, not so interresting environment tough: www.hform.se/rats1.html
This is amazing! Thanks for showing a different part of the world.
This is great! I love his expression looking down on them. I can't tell if his beard is hiding the corners of his smile.
The guy is great, and the second b&w pic gives an idea of what the "good" picture could have been. It looks like you needed an extra 20 minutes or so...
Yeah definitely, I was respecting this guys boundaries and not asking him to pose so I didn't quite get the shot I wanted, though the top image above is exactly what I had in mind, I just wanted to get that with the rats too. So the set is my compromise to that. I left the rats in colour because I thought it was appropriate and worked better with the set :)
Great shots of course - but I agree with the comments from my depiction. I went to a seminar the other week from perhaps the UK s best social wedding photographer. He believes very much in showing the context in which the subject is in. I like doing close up portraits just like you, but his talk got me thinking and it is something I am becoming more aware of myself.
But as ever the work is nice to see.
Thanks John, with this subject I was certainly looking for context but normally I'm not. For me what attracts me to portraits are the eyes, what I see in, behind, them. I could never take portraits I'd be happy with on demand because not everyone has that look I react to. I have a project planned for the spring that will put people in context but also satisfy my preference for faces and eyes :)
~now we are talking...a short 3 image photo essay...the top portrait shot is a fine tight crop, I'd like to see a bit more of the whites though, the tonal range is a bit heavy on greys...a slight adjustment of the curves could bring out some of the whites...~
I voted you at photobloggies just after seeing the rats. I love them. Luv the photo.
This is a wonderful series. I'm glad you left a comment at my site so I could discover it. Wonderfully sensitive without being exploitive. Great photojournalism.
Nice series Miles. They work so well as a group.
The composition for me... is cristal clear.
Rat Man. I saw this guy just the other day. Didn't have a camera. I would have offered him $20 to take a bunch of pictures.
This telsl a great story. I don't know what the beginning or the end of the story is...but it tells me something is going on here!
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