Candid Cork Ireland North Main Street People Photos Sigma 10-20 Street Urban

Man on the street

Since the smoking ban was implemented people can’t smoke in pubs which drives them on to the streets where the pub owner may have some street furniture out for their convenience. No such luck on North Main Street for this man. He’s enjoying his cigarette while sitting on an electricity junction box marked clearly “DANGER Keep Away”.

Aperture ƒ/7.1
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/200s

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

12 replies on “Man on the street”

Kae’s comments makes me laugh, I love the slight distortion to the shot, for me a very good capture, the angle you shot this from is really nice. Brilliant capture.


[…] a story to tell. A story I’ve been meaning to tell for more than a year now. Many moons ago I posted the picture above. It was taken on August 28th, 2006 and posted shortly afterwards. Just over a year later […]

My insights on this: Here is a man who has experienced “street life” for most of his existence.First as a young boy playing with his long gone friends,smoking on the rooftops and learning from what is seen and taken in. As his life progresses he is drawn to it first out of curiosity then as a necessity.He becomes skillful at whatever it takes to survive and realizes early on that he has the “gift of gab” when it comes to his intereactions with others who cross his path.Much later on after decades of hustling he realizes that the street never let him down always seemed to make a way for him. Without realizing it became a way of life for him and a part of his every fiber in inbe way or another. The noise of the vehicles,the patting of feet on the sidewalks,the odors,crying babies,barking dogs,laughter of children who play in the streets and the conversations of others all become a part of his persona. It is no longer a matter of necessity to be out there but it is the connection that he feels when he is out there. To the tune of the beat that’s made in the street,He has a dog that he found in the fog and took it home to keep. It is the mechanical click that runs the machinery that spouts out its oil like tears in his mind.It is a music all of its own unto his ears

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