Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Chinatown Dragon

At first I could only see his smoke. Then a hand with a cigarette popped out. Then his head. After a short staring match he slowly disappeared behind the the bricks leaving only a lit cigarette, the stench of burning tobacco and an aire of mystery.

If you want to see more pictures of Philadelphia's Chinatown please click here.

30 comments:

Ebie said...

He looks so mysterious, or maybe just camera shy!

Sunny said...

I always enjoy your people pictures, you manage to find such interesting subjects. All I find are cows and sheep! LOL
Sunny :)

Evelyn Howard said...

Love them. Your photos are really interesting and beautiful!

Malyss said...

I find him mysterious, but not shy.. I'd like to picture people, but I never dare!And this one..I'm glad you took the picture, because I find it great and impressive, but I would not dare to picture this boy, he does not look very friendly..

Olivier said...

deux tres bonnes photos, j'adore

ruma2008 said...

As for the Chinatown series, human essence is expressed and is very interesting.

VP said...

I like the movie screen cut of the image, the colors and the genuine gesture you have caught.

Thom said...

Cool pictures but I would like to know what that white contraption is. Odd.

Bibi said...

Neat photo. Did he mind that you took his photo? Just curious; sometimes I find people that you just 'snap' wonder who you are....

Mo said...

Love the first image

Thérèse said...

A very fun street picture!

Cezar and Léia said...

I agree with VP, it's a fabulous movie scene image!
James...You are so talented!
Léia :)

Sistertex said...

Probably wasn't supposed to be smoking, told his wife he'd quit.. now she knows!

;)

Great photos.

Lois said...

These are great pictures James! Maybe he thought you were trying to catch him doing something he wasn't supposed to be doing.

Carolyn Ford said...

He looks like he is up to something peeking around the corner of the building. Even he cannot stand his own smoke...he sticks the cigarette out out so others can choke on it.
Amazing capture! I wonder if you used a long lens and he really didn't see you...

Jientje said...

It almost looks like a scene from a Western movie!

Cheryl said...

Very intriguing! I love the snow captured in the background as well.

Spiderdama said...

Wow! Great and interesting pictures:-)

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee
Inscrutable...

Louis la Vache said...

James - re the wind farms: this one is on Altamont Pass east of Livermore off of I-580, so, yes, it has been here at least 25 years.

Lily Hydrangea said...

"...a short staring match" -good one James!

RuneE said...

You have just made the Introduction to a thriller :-)

Julie said...

Great stuff, James!

Irene said...

Interesting .... Great city, but never been to Chinatown. Last time I visited Phila was in 2008, like to back soon and to see my cousins new baby :o)
Wish you a great weekend ... mine starts now (Norway is 6 hours ahead)

Rebecca said...

Excellent!

Stickup Artist said...

I love candid shots of people but I rarely dare. So many of mine are taken from behind when they aren't directly looking at me cause I'm just too shy to confront strangers head on.

So I appreciate the bravery here. I also perused your Chinatown link and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Your enthusiasm for just about any subject no matter how grand or minute, and for life in all its aspects is clearly evident in your work.

Thom said...

Why didn't I see the snow...pffft. Good eyes Thom. Thanks for clarifying this for me. :) Have a great weekend :)

Life with Kaishon said...

It is a fascinating place, isn't it?

Renee said...

These are great. That was a shot I might (probably) would have overlooked.

Luis Gomez said...

James, great shots! Beautiful. Thank you for your words.