Life Through Their Lens

I was in Cardiff before the Wales v All Blacks Rugby Match on Saturday. It was the big one, as the All Blacks are the Worlds top Rugby Union team. To show this, for the game against Fiji you could get a ticket for £20, for yesterdays game, the same ticket would cost you £75. The game was kicking of at 5.30pm, which was later than the other games and would be dark by then.

An Opposition Supporter
An Opposition Supporter

At the Fiji game there were so many children, which was due to the lower prices so this made it a lot cheaper, and gave the kids the opportunity to watch their heroes in what is the modern day version of the Gladiators at the Arena. This week it was the turn of the adults, and you could hardly squeeze through the streets as the drinkers were spilling so far out of the pubs.

The Chimper
The Chimper

Last week I had got a few shots of the hot dogs for a post. The previous game I had picked out the shots from amongst the crowd. As it would be dark by the time the crowds were pouring down the narrow streets to the stadium I wasn’t going to be doing much of that due to picking people out. Hot Dogs was done and that would be overkill to do anything like that again. So I was wondering what to go with this time.

Eyes on me
Eyes on me

As Rolf Harris would say before he went to prison, “Have you guessed it yet?”

Nothing in her hand
Nothing in her hand

Yup, it’s spectacles. Even Santa was there with his fashionable ones on. I should imagine they were real spectacles, just like his beard, but how genuine he was I’m not sure as I didn’t see Rudolph.

Santa Arrives in Cardiff
Santa Arrives in Cardiff

I’ve always been fascinated by spectacles and why people wear certain types. Some people have also been known to wear clear glass as the lens, as they like to wear them for fashion reasons. I don’t get that but each to their own. They do make for good accessories for photography though.

Close your mouth when shooting
Close your mouth when shooting

The shot above and the two below were taken when the darkness was creeping in.

I was wondering if the guy above was taking a shot or using the screen as a mirror to check out his teeth. The guy below was looking so glum. I was wondering if he had maybe lost his ticket!

Not so happy
Not so happy

I captured this guy whilst he was watching a group of walking drummers going through the streets. Boy were they loud, but they certainly drew the crowds, even out of the bars, but they kept their beers in their hands though. I meant the drinkers not the drummers there.

Watching the drummers in the dark
Watching the drummers in the dark

The guy in the following shot attracted me, and you can guess it wasn’t his spectacles that did that.

I could not believe the size of that loop in his ear, it looked like a bagel. Never mind his beard, what a character.

A Big Ring
A Big Ring

I spotted this guy earlier in the day. He didn’t seem at all happy. I should imagine he was going to the stadium by the attire he had, but who knows why he looked so down hearted. I wondered if the doctor had told him not to drink, or it was just the realisation of what the score would be.

Pre-empting the score?
Pre-empting the score?

Next game against the Springboks. Let’s hope we can make it 2 – 2 for the series.

6 thoughts on “Life Through Their Lens

  1. My google translator does’nt work, so I was wondering what was “spectacles”, I thought it meant “shows” so I was lost in translation !
    So it was glasses ! and not glasses of wine, pffffff !!
    I don’t know if the curly girl has fashion glasses, but she is lovely. Her spectacles suit her very well.
    And “big ring” is a great portrait. But his bagel makes me uncomfortable… brrr !

    • Yes you are spot on Esther.

      I really like the curly girl her smile shines and her specs suit her.

  2. I worked with a guy who would stretch out his earlobes like the guy in “A Big Ring”. I would love to know the significance of doing that to themselves? Surely it can’t be just a fashion statement. There are other ways to show your personality than doing that. It looks painful as well.

    The girl in “Eyes on Me” has such beautiful curly hair and a serious expression. The frames on her glasses match her face shape really well. That’s my favorite shot of the Spectacle Series.

  3. She is quite serious isn’t she. It was sarting to get dark so it is surprising that the background is so light, but probably because the exposure mode was set to centre and not matrix.

  4. Ashley Davis

    Great shots here Wayne loving the theme, the nothing in her hand shot is great. If after the game this shot could mean something relavent to the game almost as if to say I am happy with the effort of the welsh team today (the smile on her face ) even though we came away empty handed (the nothing in her hand)

    May sound silly but that’s what I seen when looking at this shot

    Also the beard guy is cool 🙂

    • I know what you mean Ash. The game was beautiful to look at, but they came away with nothing!

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