Featured Photographers – Baz 120

I decided I would like to show others work that I really like, and select my favourite photos of theirs, and the reasons why, (with their permission of course). It is hard to just pick out a few, but you do find shots that either jump out at you, or you spend a lot of time studying and others things hit you. I will provide links to their Flickr Streams & Websites wherever applicable so that you can view more of their work, and enjoy it as much as I do.

I thought I would start with Baz 120. Baz is a Street Photographer whom I have followed for a good while. He is based in Rome and I love the way he catches the Latin character. He also gets humour into a lot of his shots. Well I find them funny, and hope you do too. If you’ve seen the shots before, take a 2nd look.

All the photos in this post were taken by Baz and are copyrighted to him. © Barry Lowman Street Photography


Eyes
Eyes

All Street Photographers have been here, and probably on more than one occasion. The guy looks up from his phone and sees the camera pointed at him. His look is of surprise, disbelief and aggression.


Rich man standing
Rich man standing

I really like the simplicity of this shot, and know through experience how hard it is to get simplicity like this.
You look at the shot and wonder, Who is the guy? What does he look like? Why is he there? But most of all, What’s in the bag?


Poverty
Poverty

Take time to look at this image. The Point of View is superb, taking the shot from this level takes you down to the woman’s level. The Depth of Field is excellent, with the road out of focus and the woman so sharp.
The symbolism of the woman at her lowest point with her hands outstretched is really moving.


Are you famous
Are you famous

I know this is one of Baz’s all time favourites. I don’t know if it’s for the same reasons as mine though.
The image of the woman, dressed as she is, taking a selfie, if that is what she is doing, but the way she is holding herself gives that impression. I find that funny, but what makes this image for me is the other woman. The look on her face, pure disbelief, is priceless. It’s as if the woman with the phone is thinking, “Oh, don’t I look gorgeous”, whilst the other woman is thinking, “what the hell do you think you look like?” If Baz had cropped her out, the image would have been good, but not brilliant as it is. An excellent timely capture that makes me smile every time I see it.


Sisters doing it for themselves
Sisters doing it for themselves

This makes me think of Julie Andrews or Whoopi Goldberg. I think of nuns as straight laced, religious people. I must admit I haven’t seen many over the past few years. Maybe this is why I haven’t seen any with a mobile phone, so makes it so funny for me. Big smiles on the faces, and not your normal formal photo. With the ones being photographed showing off what may have been a latest purchase. Who knows?


You have to hand it to her
You have to hand it to her

I find this shot so funny. The bodyless hands emerging from what looks like a train, and the expression on the woman’s face. If this was processed a different way it could be made to look quite sinister. It’s like a begging invite to come in, against a what do you want? I am in no doubt that this isn’t the true story, but it is the one in my mind. Brilliant.


Does my bum look big in this
Does my bum look big in this

This looks to me like the woman is about to enter the building and is subconsciously having one last check of her attire before entering. She has no thought to anybody being behind her. Another example of how good shots from behind can be!


Il Grande Bellezza
Il Grande Bellezza

To me this shows the beauty that is an Italian woman.
She is, what I think, a lot of people think of when they think of Italian women, even though we know that not all Italian women look like this, it is a dream figure, but this lady is truly beautiful. The capture of the image is excellent with the focus spot on.


They do like to talk
They do like to talk

This is one cracking capture. 3 women all gesticualting as they talk, all at the same time. You have to wonder, why are they all talking, because if they are talking then that means none of them are listening, and even if they were which one would be listening to which one. Fantastic.


Fly the flag
Fly the flag

One of the funniest shots I have ever seen. As I am typing this I am laughing to myself. It made me smile the first time I saw it. Since then every time I see it, it makes me laugh.
The guy looks like a cool dude, and I can’t help but think he is lucky he has the window wound down so his arm can stick out, otherwise he wouldn’t fit in. It reminds me of Mr Bean in his mini!
The clarity of the shot is excellent.

I haven’t put these shots in any order, but in my opinion I have left the best until last. A lot of people will think, what? But, hey, each to his own. Also we don’t know what Baz will capture this weekend.

Thank you Baz for allowing me to use your photos on the Blog.


To see more of Baz’s work, although I think he would call it pleasure, take a look at his Flickr Photostream or Website

2 thoughts on “Featured Photographers – Baz 120

  1. Tina

    I follow Baz on Flickr as well and I think you’ve chosen some excellent shots. What I love about street photography is that it is so much more than just taking pictures. You get to see what inspired someone to take a picture. It really is preserving a moment in time. I like that you’ve chosen a mix of funny and thought provoking shots. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

    • Thank you for your comment Tina.

      I agree with your point on the variety in Street. It is open to so much interpretation.

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