Clowning Around

Yesterday afternoon I was in Cardiff, and the weather was cold and wet. I went into the Indoor Market and as I walked along the butchery stalls I heard this booming voice, with a strong Valleys Accent from the other end of the market. I walked along to see who it was, and there was Street Clown and Balloon Bender Extrordinaire, Linzy Young.

He was making a string of sausages out of a balloon and got the butcher to give him a hook and hung them on his stall. He seemed surprised to see me taking this shot.

Hanging the Sausages
Hanging the Sausages

As soon as he realised I was there he started berating me about not sending him any photos. Ian and I had met him 2 weeks ago in Cardiff, and he was the guy that Ian had said I missed in his comment on the post People who Ian talks to, but as I explained to Ian, he didn’t talk to him, it was Linzy that assaulted us, because that’s what it feels like when you meet him. I told him it was Ian who had promised him the shots not me, which made him calm down about it, and he made me promise to pass this shot on.

The Butcher was laughing so much at his antics and found him very funny and played along with him. Even hanging the string of balloon sausages when Linzy couldn’t reach. He was also taking the mick when Linzy said he used to be a chef in the army. The Butcher replied with “So you’re good at opening cans then!”

I'll Hang Them Myself
I’ll Hang Them Myself

I thought I’d put that shot in B&W so as not to offend any vegetarian viewers who may see the meat in the bottom of the shot.

Some people were not so enthralled by him, and thought he was too loud and brash, and even muttered so, trying to ignore him. C’mon he’s only trying to brighten peoples lives.

Ignore Him and He'll Go Away
Ignore Him and He’ll Go Away

He wanted to show me his waistcoat, before he took out his card to make sure I knew where to send the shots to.

Look at the Waistcoat
Look at the Waistcoat

After he gave me his card (which is where I got his name from), he made his way through the market, and you could hear where he was. He left the Butcher with a big smile on his face and a string of balloon sausages hanging on his stall. Leaving the stall also made some others brighten up as well.

Some were pleased when he went
Some were pleased when he went

I then got a shot of the butcher slicing bacon, and although I could have cropped out the sausages, I thought they fitted with the post.

Butcher at Work
Butcher at Work

As the weather was so grotty I decided to head home. As I was walking through the main street I spotted Martin (4d Photo Images). He couldn’t wait to show me his new EM1. Don’t you just love these people that want to show off their new cameras! We had a chat for a while, and guess who came along. Yes, you’re right, it was Linzy!

He began chatting to us, and guess what, Martin couldn’t hold back, he had to show off his new camera to him!

Impressed?
Impressed?

Fed up with Martin telling him all about his new camera, Linzy said he had to go to Poundland to get a new pump. As he turned he bumped into a little girl as a group of people passed. He apologised to the little girl and grabbed one of his balloons. He asked her name, and made and presented her with a balloon in the shape of a dog, and turned and walked off to Poundland. The little girl walked to her mother with her new dog in one hand and a big smile on her face. Isn’t it a gift to make children smile!

As Martin and I chatted, well tried to make sense of the myriad of settings on our new Olympus’s, we heard someone calling out to us. It was Linzy. He was talking to a lady and her child and making balloon shapes. He called us over to take a photo of them. It was starting to get dark and I had my Nikon in my hand at that point. We walked over and took some shots, but judging by the look on the woman’s face, she was wondering what the hell was going on. Especially when he started shouting out “They make a fortune taking shots of me and don’t even send them to me!” He couldn’t shut up about it could he!

Why Me?
Why Me?

I think yesterday was quite typical of a lot of days when I am out shooting. It starts off slow and then things happen. As I said I was on my way home until I met Martin, which was great as we were able to share experiences of our new cameras. We were just talking and things started happening around us. Or should I say Linzy happened around us. He does make you laugh as he is non stop. If you want to find out more about him check out his Facebook Page.

I am still getting to grips with the EM5. Still not as natural to use as the Nikon, and the menu’s are mesmerising. Although I still missed a few that I would have got with the Nikon, I was very pleased with a lot of shots, especially the Indoor Market shots.

One thought on “Clowning Around

  1. I laughed so hard at Linzy popping up everywhere. He is a very colorful character and he did make for some interesting shots.

    Ahhhhhh, camera geeks. Nothing makes us open up to strangers faster than talking about our toys. Even an antisocial person such as myself with talk with anyone who starts a conversation about my camera.

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