Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Real good for free..."

This fellow reminded me of the Joni Mitchell song "Real Good for Free," as he sat entertaining passers-by on Belgrade's pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova. Actually, I imagine he's hoping someone would give him something, but like the man reflected in the glass, many did just pass him by.

He's playing a gajde (GUY-deh), a Serbian version of bagpipes. You can see this same fellow and read more on Wikipedia !

9 comments:

Mirjana said...

Great photo!!
I love the contrast with the person in the reflection and the person playing gajde.
You got the traditional and modern in the same photo, wow.

Regards,
Mira

bfarr said...

I am always compelled to at least throw in a few quarters. Great 'real life' shot.

Keropok Man said...

That bagpipe looks interesting.

For a while, I thought it resembled a turkey. The person look as it he is holding the legs and biting the turkey's head. :-p

Marie Reed said...

I had the same turkey lurkey thoughts! This is fascinating! I'm off to wiki it:) PS. I am a HUGE Joni Mitchell fan so I dug your reference:)

Jacob said...

So very interesting...I can see he's got a little container of some sort out in front of him.

This is a superb photo. You've caught this interesting character blowing away very well, but what makes the whole thing special is the guy reflecting in the mirror - walking by, ignoring the musician, eating an ice cream cone.

Extremely well done!

I'd pay him even though I don't like bagpipes!

Islipian said...

perfect capture, with the listener's reflection captured in the glass door. well done!

Alexa said...

Great capture, bibi. You might or might not like it, but I can't imagine being disinterested (as the fellow reflected appears to be). I'll bet you gave him some change, didn't you?

Babooshka said...

Interesting looking instrument. You images often bring at tear to my eye. I can think of no other daily that does that on a regular basis. Soul is such an overused word but that's what your images have.

Kim said...

Woo hoo! This is tops in my book, Bibi. A wonderful image in every way. Love the juxtaposition of the two men.
-Kim