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A Homeless Artist

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 2 November 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Last night I was listening to him playing guitar with harmonica, and singing in front of a grocery store.
He is equally good as Bob Dylan and Neil Young ! He is a song writer too. A homeless man who is a real artist !
A comment from Jim H .:

"'Homeless artist' is a study in rectangles, punctuated in the right place with the randomness of a human form. Art outside the boxes... You continue to amaze me with your natural talent. You have something that can not be taught."

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"The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting."
~ Andre Kertesz

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A fine shot, Mariana. Wish we had audio as well as visual access to this man. He sounds like a talent !!

2 Nov 2010 5:36am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

He really need a break, like the seasick steve story

2 Nov 2010 6:29am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

He looks as if he is really into it and is that a chess set I see beside him, a man of many talents!

2 Nov 2010 6:30am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

joy can be had anywhere!!! and you've captured that well

2 Nov 2010 6:31am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Laid back musician. Sometimes the best music is from the street artists.

2 Nov 2010 6:35am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

A study in the randomness of life. He could have been a star. . . perhaps, if the planets had aligned themselves differently. Having said all that, superb photo that almost has me hearing his playing.

2 Nov 2010 6:41am

P. Morris from Canada

They took everything else from him but not his music !!

2 Nov 2010 6:44am

@P. Morris: That is so nicely said , Phil ! Thanks a lot .

Richard T from United Kingdom

Dylan and Young and able to play chess against himself ... I can cope with all that.


2 Nov 2010 6:54am

fereshteh from Iran

Excellent shot !

2 Nov 2010 7:03am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Stunning ! A beautiful composition !

2 Nov 2010 7:04am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Seeing the movement of the artist through your splendid shot, I think I can feel the quality of his music (hopefully better than those Dylan/Young). There are many musicians on the road who should their livelihood as professionals.

2 Nov 2010 7:06am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Play me the Blues,Boy!!!!! SUPERB !!!!

2 Nov 2010 7:20am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

all for the music!

2 Nov 2010 7:43am

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

The big yellow guitar player, compostie is beautiful in this picture

2 Nov 2010 7:58am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Enjoying music , Game & Drinks....Wonderful.

2 Nov 2010 8:54am

Fred Rune Rahm from Notodden, Norway

You have managed to communicate the two aspects of this: The miserable of beeing homeless, and his joy over life. Your B&W: superb.

2 Nov 2010 8:57am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain


2 Nov 2010 9:23am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Very well captured, he seems to enjoy music very much! Is that a chess board in front of him? Maybe he also likes to play...

2 Nov 2010 9:36am

Theys monochrome. from Gerpinnes, Belgium

A beautiful composition ,good bw Mariana.
Nice Day.

2 Nov 2010 9:43am

Jean-Luc from lyon, France

A homeless , for sure , but he look in his own world, and , who know, happy like that ? anyway , what a quality of picture , again one time , S ! Bravo !

2 Nov 2010 9:44am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

In this position seems to be inspiring by the music to decide the next move in the chess board. Well seen.

2 Nov 2010 9:52am

thami from Fès, Morocco

La musique est de bonne compagnie !
Bonne journée lumineuse!

2 Nov 2010 10:06am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

A very poignant portrait

2 Nov 2010 10:08am

69mil from On the road, Argentina

nice composition, the image has a pleasant mood, I liked this street capture
Good day

2 Nov 2010 10:36am

pax from Mahon, Spain

Oh yeaa! Fantastic.

2 Nov 2010 10:52am

Jasp from Plymouth, United Kingdom

It looks like he is enjoying himself....that sounds like an odd thing to say though!

2 Nov 2010 10:59am

@Jasp: He is crying right now , singing very soulful song of his lost love, his Jane !

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

An amazing picture, he is even playing chess in between.

2 Nov 2010 11:11am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Another one of your classic people shots. Gushing praise as always. I hope he gets the break that he deserves soon.

2 Nov 2010 11:34am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

He seems to be involved in his playing! This rather unique angle is most appealing! Well seen and captured Mariana! ;-)

2 Nov 2010 12:24pm

@Eric Cousineau: thx Eric . YEs, I was very close to him, on my knees :)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

There is a lot of joy here...I like how you have captured this.

2 Nov 2010 1:02pm

@bluechameleon: no joy, but tears and cry and scream , and all that through the song :) Thx for visiting !

gloutonnerie visuelle from France

magnifique envolée de jambe

2 Nov 2010 1:17pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Great catch ! well done !

2 Nov 2010 1:24pm

Fraucha from Bila Tserkva, Ukraine

We had a local like this in Modesto Ca, his name was Kid Guitar, he was kinda strange, but pretty good on that guitar! Looks like this guy plays chess also??

2 Nov 2010 1:26pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

history has proven the art of an artist is appreciated only after he is passed away

2 Nov 2010 1:39pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

history has proven the art of an artist is appreciated only after he is passed away

2 Nov 2010 1:39pm

@Othersideblue: that is true , of course . maybe one day I am going to be a famous photographer, but not while I am alive ;))

Barbara from Florida, United States

From your image I can feel and see the intensity he has in his passion.
You have discovered him through your image.
Something really touches me about what you have captured here.
Another thought, could he handle the instant stardom?

2 Nov 2010 1:58pm

@Barbara: thanks Barbara !

Tillymea from Stockholm, Sweden

Even tough i see him smile, i can catch glim's in hes eye... sorry lyes behind....
Really great photo!!!!!

2 Nov 2010 2:16pm

@Tillymea: I understand that many wished and saw him smiling and felt his joy ( connecting it with music ) but , unfortunately - no :) That is just an facial expression of scream ! Even now I could cry thinking of him last night ..... Many thx .

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

terrific capture. is he looking for a chess partner?

2 Nov 2010 2:42pm

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

I like this strong bw treatment

2 Nov 2010 3:22pm

silver from k, Iran

he is doing his best nice b & w

2 Nov 2010 3:24pm

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

as good as Neil Young ... not true ... Neil is the BEST !!!!!!!!!!!

2 Nov 2010 3:25pm

Pedro Callealta from Cádiz, Spain

you've captured a special moment in this picture. good shot.

2 Nov 2010 3:26pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

¿pero donde vives? en mi ciudad no hay tantos personajes como en la tuya.........fabulosa fotografía, un abrazo pablo

2 Nov 2010 4:08pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

De ver tus fotos estoy deseando ir a una gran ciudad para practicar con las fotos.Saludos.

2 Nov 2010 4:08pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

He also seems a big artist in staying alive!
Amazing and beautiful!

2 Nov 2010 4:40pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Wow Mariana, what a story....... Bob Dylan and Neil Young are favorites of my........ and how you captured that artist wonderful.
The man has pleasure in what's he doing, playing chess on the street in combination with great music, wonderful!!
I allways have a lot of respect for that kind of people who are walking behind their dream.......
Thanks for telling and showing Mariana !

2 Nov 2010 4:42pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5*****

2 Nov 2010 4:56pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

a wonderful lively capture

2 Nov 2010 5:04pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

a very nice street work - excellent b&w

2 Nov 2010 5:11pm

Harry from Apex, United States

I like the crisp detail and the rich blacks. The artist is surely in an odd pose, though.

2 Nov 2010 6:09pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

on the road again... and again...
with your B&W treatment, the whole situation is quite dreadful

2 Nov 2010 6:12pm

The Wakeful Tree from India

lovely street shot

2 Nov 2010 6:25pm

philippe from moselle, France

dur la traversée du désert !!!

2 Nov 2010 6:58pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Gorgeous street shot! My heart goes to this man, the only thing he has left are his songs. May they bring him peace!

2 Nov 2010 7:03pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Super image, with all talents he should not be homeless but I bet he is a great character

2 Nov 2010 7:11pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is a marvelous shot, Mariana!
And what an array of goodies, gizmos, and guitars (1) He seems to have a fully furnished "home" right there!! Cool shot!

2 Nov 2010 7:17pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I like his "laid back" approach as he performs. A great capture! The straight mortar lines in the wall stand out nicely here and help highlight everything that is in front of the brick wall.

2 Nov 2010 7:23pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Excellent :)

2 Nov 2010 7:27pm

larans from Lund, Sweden

He certainly has his very own style playing. I wish I could here his music too! Great shot!

2 Nov 2010 8:25pm

Alfredo Jimenez Casimiro from Burgos, Spain


2 Nov 2010 9:02pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

A superb street shot !! bravo.

2 Nov 2010 9:02pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


2 Nov 2010 9:09pm

Oscar from Barcelona, Spain

Strange artist!

2 Nov 2010 9:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He certainly doesn't let his economic condition get him down. He seems to enjoy his music still.

2 Nov 2010 10:06pm

@Steve Rice: thx Steve :)

sunstone_maria from California, United States

Beautiful majestic atmosphere of this photo! Very real and yet so beautiful!

2 Nov 2010 10:09pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom


Shot is a bit shaky?

2 Nov 2010 10:10pm

@Xerophytes: Cartoonish? You make me laugh !

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Hehehe...Looks he's professional artist!
Good job, Bravo. : )))

3 Nov 2010 2:45am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Wonderful shot! Perfect light and treatment! He must be very talented! A bittersweet composition!!!

3 Nov 2010 2:56am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great capture ! It's so disheartening to see talented artists homeless..

3 Nov 2010 3:12am

grapf from Göttingen, Germany

maybe homeless but apparently exceptional gifted!

3 Nov 2010 11:11am

Morten Pedersen from Norway

Wonderful and he playes chess!

3 Nov 2010 1:13pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

ahhh.. I think you will break the rule and win the golden prize that you deserve, I wish ya the best of good luck

3 Nov 2010 1:34pm

@Othersideblue: Why are you so mean to me ? You have no reason for that .

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

La musique et les échecs. Quelques bouteilles.
Dur dur...

3 Nov 2010 2:12pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

I wished you the best of good luck and I hope you will win a good prize and don't understand why you are offended ?

I have never been mean to you Mariana

3 Nov 2010 3:36pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Great details, I like the grid behind him!

3 Nov 2010 5:56pm

Pixim from Nice, France

Even lying down, the energy of this man smiling is important. When I imagine all those little boxes on the right that could serve as his home, then we can understand his desire for life ;)

3 Nov 2010 6:20pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

It's a shame we haven't the sound that goes with it.
Great portrait ... but needless to add it ;)

3 Nov 2010 7:16pm

@Gilles: as everyone else I love to hear other people opinions. thx Gilles !

Seraphine from San Francisco, Uganda

he obviously enjoys what he is doing.
i wonder if he fancies himself a rook, or perchance a bishop upon his board game. or maybe a king?

4 Nov 2010 5:16am

Reno from Cd de México, Mexico

This one is fantastic too! An excellent humour...

4 Nov 2010 3:05pm

shoti from somewhere in, China

wow, he sure is much into his music. a soulful artist.

12 Nov 2010 11:48am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

The kind of comments people leave you --e.g. cartoonish-- never cease to amaze me.

21 Nov 2010 9:09pm

@Twelvebit: ha ha .. i was furious when read it ... but it is just me ... these people are shoting empty streets when everybody is sleeping :)

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