Monday, July 27, 2009

After the show

Time to go home


Sometimes you just can't photograph everything that goes on in a town, especially here. Nothing for ages then events and photo opportunities just appear like 3 buses at a bus stop after there have been none for the last hour. All or nothing. Doesn't mean though there isn't anything to photograph. On the contrary. Here is one of those events that I wasn't able to shoot from the start. Earlier you would have seen bands, a mini fashion show of organic and Fair Trade clothes sampled the local spices from the local curry house or even have a fair trade coffee. You would also have seen stands for One World and Tradecraft. What to do, how to join, what they are. You may even of heard the local member of Government speaking. Of course you just have to imagine this today or instead weave a story around the image above.


Never walk away without taking a photo even if you can't photograph the main event. By turning up late I got some far more interesting images than the usual standard shots the local papers tend to do in these situations.. You always have good old fashioned street photography. The girl now free to run around, the kids tumbling in the centre, generations chatting, the strange orange organic material adorning the normally sedate Courthouse. This is not how Parliament Street looks on a Saturday morning usually. To be fair I did get a few images of the dying embers of the band playing and the stands, just not the fashion show. Can't be in two photos ops at once. I did however get to chat to a fellow local and Mrs local who indulge in the odd rambling under a cloak shall we say if you click here . They were also modeling a little organic clothing ensemble and I did get a pic of them at a distance. So never walk away even if everything has been dismantled and people are leaving. Photos to be had if you just look.


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43 comments:

ewok1993 said...

Sometimes when going to an event, like a parade for instance, I am more drawn to people's reaction to the parade than the parade itself.

Enjoy the whole week.

Sylvia K said...

I have to agree with ewok, I frequently find the people more interesting than the event itself. Looks like fun -- lots of people to look at!

Have a great week, Babooshka!
Sylvia

Reader Wil said...

Hi Babooshka! I have the feeling that there's always something going on in Ramsey: bike races and now some band playing... Thanks for sharing. Have a great week and thanks for the visit.

Steve said...

I see Ramsey in a new light. We do have a lot here. Cheers.

Brian Miller said...

nice pic. i think there is some pretty deep wisdom for photography and life in not giving up so soon, even if you show up late. nice post.

Marja said...

Oh I so like events It brings people together as shows on your nice picture

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Babooshka: What a neat look at the people having a neat time afterward.

laxeylass said...

I like to see Manxies having fun. Well done again. Try the Laxey Fair some time for natural photos.

erin said...

oh so very true...
enjoyed the post and your words of wisdom...always do ;)

Carver said...

I agree so much about the photographs after the main event often being the most interesting. You captured a great relaxed feeling shot here. I love it!

Jon, Ramsey said...

You didn't miss much it was a quiet do. The girl is cute.

mannnan said...

We did have a good chat didn't we? In fact it was the first time that we had spoken to one another. And though I can't see myself in this great image I can see Mrs Mannanan in all her glory. Great post as usual.

SandyCarlson said...

I learn a lot from the way you look around. You are wonderful. Thanks for this great post.

Babooshka said...

M- I meant to say not on this photo but on two more I have. I can see Mrs MC now on the large image on file. You can't escape in Ramsey.

Laurie said...

I love shots like this. All the personal stories beneath the surface of an event... lovely glimpse!

alicesg said...

Interesting to see the daily life from your part of the world.

Olivier said...

j'aime bien prendre les photos avant et après un évènement, cela donne souvent de bonnes photos, ce qui est ton cas.

Anna said...

Lovely moment captured.
Anna :)

Pietro said...

Thrilling image, Babooshka.
You're right: we must never miss the opportunity to take a photo, even if the main event is over.

Firefly said...

Its always nice to see people just sitting around on the grass. It means there is a relaxed atmosphere. I agree, there may be nothing and when it rains it pours

Indrani said...

Great tips on street photography and photojournalism. Nice shots.

Small City Scenes said...

Well we all gotta go home sometime and went home with some extra interestings shots. See!! MB

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh IOM! Not long now...lol!

Arija said...

You sound run off your feet! Must be great for business.

magiceye said...

a brilliant capture as always! very insightful post too!

Mojo said...

I totally understand what you mean. Sometimes there's more of an opportunity on the fringes -- especially for journalistic work. Sure you can shoot what everybody else is shooting, but take a look in a slightly different direction and you've got exclusive. No competition. It's risky, sure, there's always risk in everything worthwhile. But you go from being one of many to one of ... one. You eliminate the competition by playing a different game.

Brilliant post!

Jo said...

Babooska;) thanks for this tip . I agree with many above that the best part of events is normally the individual or people's reactions/actions. A different question altogether: my dh (who was at IOM 2009) asks if you know how Nicky Crowe and Mark Cox are? Thanks for beautiful photos always. Hugs Jo (South Africa)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful snap. The people participating in the event make it more interesting.

greensboro Daily Photo said...

So much color in your town! You've been hiding it from us! Lovely summer day on the isle!

If I find out about the yellow chair, I'll let you know!

Babooshka said...

Jo- Your dh was here for the TT. Small world. Try and fin up to date news on the Nicky and Mark. It was a bad smash and lots of collection have been made on their behalf.

Gattina said...

There are so many people who take pictures of an event that I prefer to go before or after, that's often more interesting !

Tim said...

I agree that setting up and leaving photos can be just as interesting.

LadyFi said...

I agree with you. Often the most wonderful things happen off stage!

Frank said...

Going only for the main show and staged events may produce nice shots, but you're absolutely right that the unstaged and unposed shots can be the very best. This one is so real.

ical said...

Looks like you focus on their body languages.
Great idea! never too late to take a picture. You just inspired me!

Chuck Pefley said...

Love that dangling leg!

Pam said...

It is the leg and the arm frozen in time that jump out at you.

A home far away said...

What a lovely photo!

I´m a Swedish woman living in Singapore and I love taking photos:)

Have a good day!

Babooshka said...

To the Chinese spammer. No one is interested and no one will click your comment. We all know you are not a real blogger. Now go away.

Thanks to everyone else as always.

Anna said...

I just could not resist Babooshka to comment on this one, lol, about the Chinese spammer. I get those all the time too, so so annoying. The problem is that they probably send them automatically and never see you response. I just delete them, because sometime the google ads pick up the characters and display ads in Chinese. Hope all is well otherwise. Anna :)

uncleawang said...

I love taking photo what ever interesting at the moment I stand but sometime people are not happy with me especially at the public events:)
Anyway..happy photograping & let our photo tell the story to the world.

Barb said...

Hi Babooshka,
Thought of you this weekend when Cavendish won the sprint jersey in the Tour de France. He must be biking extremely fast up and down those streets you photograph!

Ryan said...

I'm a late commer to the blog but I really enjoy it.

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