© 2010 Jacco

Shoe polisher

Robert Capa might repeat his famous words: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”.

Yes, I could have been closer. Closer to the shoe polisher and the guy having his shoes polished while enjoying a sandwich. To tell you the truth, the whole scene gave me an uneasy feeling. Perhaps it shouldn’t, but it did. I guess that’s why I didn’t move closer. Show more people who are just passing by or standing there. What’s on their minds? Do they observe the scene in the same manner I did?

Bessa R3M, Voigtlaender 15mm, Fuji Superia Reala 100.


  1. Posted May 27, 2010 at 09:54 | #

    Jacco, I have seen quite a few shots from street and especially from NY. And I have to say this one is good. And how closer would you like to go with 15mm lens? I think you were pretty close. I like the light very much the distortion of wide lens.

    I think this is pretty good image, but what is clear from this shot is that the problem is not that you are not close enough, but that nobody is looking in your direction. I think there is your uncertainty.

    The other night before I went to sleep I had idea, which is not that new at all, that we should start some little club. I wouldn't call photo club, but something like creativity discussion group. I would love to meet few people and discuss few images together while drinking coffie or wine or whatever.
    What do you think about it, would you be a second member after me? Let me know.

  2. Posted May 27, 2010 at 10:52 | #


    Thanks, and that might be the point indeed, nobody is looking in my direction.

    And… whether or not you/we should call it a club, we most certainly should meet again and talk about pictures, ideas, visions and more. Especially if there is some good beer involved %-) I'll contact you, we'll pick a date and location.

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