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Anime Meets Native America   Leave a comment

 

Numerous words come to mind when describing the scene in Lancaster City today. Weird, surreal, and eclectic should suffice. Because today — all within the space of a few hundred feet — I was able to observe a Native American protest and Lancaster’s annual Anime convention-goers.

Anime, to save you the effort of a Google search, is a form of Japanese animation that appeals to both children and adults alike. The result is an annual gathering of individuals who dress the part of their (presumably) favorite animated characters. The costumes give the downtown a decidedly Halloween feel here in April.

The Native Americans on the other hand were protesting a planned natural gas pipeline that will cut through Lancaster county, along with other grievances such as casino corporations fleecing Native Americans, and discrimination against people of Native American descent.

And you thought Lancaster was only Amish people and outlet malls . . .

The result, in photographic form:

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Posted April 26, 2014 by ~ Bruce in People, Street, Uncategorized

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People in the Park   Leave a comment

One hot summer morning, rich portraits of life in and around Washington Square Park in New York City.

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Posted July 25, 2013 by ~ Bruce in People, Street

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“Don’t f***in’ move . . .”   Leave a comment

“Don’t f***in’ move.  We’re not insured.”  The last instruction directed at five audience “volunteers” by one of the Tic and Tac twins, street performers in Washington Square Park, New York.

These guys are funny (unless you’re way uptight and offended by racial jokes), talented, and really good at parting you from your money.  “The average donation for a show like this is $20.  If you can’t afford $20, $10 will do.  If you can’t afford at least $5 . . . People, get a job and do something productive with yourself!”  That said, the show was easily worth the $15 we threw into the bag.  A bargain by New York City standards.  Can you see that giant T-for-tourist tattoo on my forehead?

Oh yeah, these guys have their own website with an online merchandise store and a Facebook page.  Not exactly your average weekend buskers.

Here are some images from the show:

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(Above)  The drums sucked me right in, just like they were intended to do.

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(Above)  A few dance moves to warm things up and draw in a bigger crowd.

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(Above)  A couple of tumbling runs.  I set the camera at 800 ISO to freeze the action.  Most of the photos ended up at 1/750th to 1/1000th sec.  Plenty fast enough to freeze the action.

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(Above)  A no-hands head stand on concrete made me wince.

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(Above)  The split really made me wince.  No chance, not even in my younger days.  Ouch.

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(Above)  I couldn’t tell for sure but I think this guy did 3 full 360-degree one arm revolutions.  Unfortunately I’m not talented enough to photograph and count at the same time.

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(Above)  Another tumbling run.  In mid-air and eyes wide open.  I love this shot.

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(Above)  And another mid-air shot.  (Did I mention that these guys are really, really athletic?)

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(Above)  One twin spinning the other on his head.  Tough head, solid abs.

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(Above)  Final instructions for the grand finale.  The girl in the middle was a bit concerned.  “You are about to see something you’ve never seen before — a black man running at full speed and not being chased by a cop!  Don’t f***in’ move.  We’re not insured!”

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(Above)  With a landing on a hard concrete surface to boot.  Tough way to make a few bucks.

Posted July 23, 2013 by ~ Bruce in People, Street, Travel Photography

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Hula-Hoop Girl   Leave a comment

Hula-Hoop Girl braved the cold wind this morning and did her thing in Penn Square, downtown Lancaster.  This was my first sighting of HHG this year.  It is not uncommon to see her set up pretty much anywhere in the city.  Music, hula-hooping, awesome smile, and just pure pleasantness.  As a by-stander said this morning, “Hula-Hoop Girl rocks!”

Good friend Joe Devoy tells me that Hula-Hoop Girl will be putting on her show at Tellus 360 in the near future.  There is a whole lot more to Lancaster than outlet malls and all-you-can-eat restaurants along Route 30.  Get yourself into the city on the first sunny and warm spring day.  Hula-Hoop Girl and the street musicians make it a pleasure!

 

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Posted March 23, 2013 by ~ Bruce in People, Street

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Another Musical Saturday Morning   Leave a comment

Nothing like sunshine and pleasant temperatures to bring people out to Central Market, especially the street musicians.  The music this morning was great for anyone who took the time to listen.  I’ll never understand people who simply walk by a musician and drop a dollar in the case.  Stop and listen.  Seriously, life is better when you do.  They don’t play just for the money.  They play because they love it.

(Above)  Rockin’ with a ukulele.

(Above)  This guy was playing some great Led Zeppelin licks, so I struck up a conversation with him.  He asked what was my favorite Zeppelin tune and I said “Kashmir”.  So he tuned his guitar to DADGAD like Jimmy Page used to and played Kashmir.  Fantastic!

(Above)  I’ve photographed this guy before.  In fact, his photo is on the cover of my self-published book, A Year In The City.  Today he was playing a song I hadn’t heard in years — What’s Going On, by 4 Non Blondes.  He sang it well, and it sounded great on the acoustic guitar.

Posted May 12, 2012 by ~ Bruce in People, Street, Uncategorized

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Chords   Leave a comment

There were only half a dozen or so people outside of market this morning.  All of us except this young man were in the sunshine.  He opted for the shade, pulled out his guitar, and started strumming various chords — eyes closed and in his own world with the music.

Posted April 7, 2012 by ~ Bruce in People

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Photography 101: Background Awareness   Leave a comment

So yeah.  It’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the background, lest something unanticipated ruin a perfectly good shot.

Posted March 25, 2012 by ~ Bruce in People

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