Street Portrait: Kobi the Jewellery Designer

As many of you know, I like to do a lot of street photography around Toronto. To this point, my street shots have candidly documented life and architecture around the city, but I have often wanted to stop a complete stranger and take his or her portrait. Someone with an interesting look, or some other unique aspect. Then it happened…

I was out shooting during my lunch break earlier this week and stumbled upon an interesting looking pay phone. You don’t see many of these around anymore. Suddenly, there was a tap on my shoulder, and a guy popped around from behind me and said, “hey, take my picture with that.”

Bingo! My first street portrait just fell into my lap.

Meet Kobi, he is a jewelry designer who makes really cool rings that have gears and gadgets from inside watches. We chatted for a few minutes, he was interesting and pretty cool.

Thanks Kobi for being my first street portrait.

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  1. This is so cool! I love that he wanted his picture taken 🙂 Love the photos and those rings do really steal the show. Great work Shane. I must say my post today was inspired by your street photos. I have never taken a photograph of random strangers…but these ladies were too interesting not too. I really was thinking, as I was taking the photograph, how do people do this discretely! It was challenging for me but great fun too. Thanks for the inspiration.

      1. Well, I just never thought to snap a photograph of someone I didn’t know, intentionally. That only popped into my head after seeing your work. So, thanks! I honestly tried to get a photograph of these two brothers, they were super tall and lanky, had beards down to their chests and were eating popsicles together, such a strange sight. But, I had my 4 year old with me and couldn’t get a good position to take the picture. I should have gone up to them and asked if I could take their picture, it was that good of an opportunity. 🙂

  2. Lucky you! I’ve always so wanted to get a picture of someone with that punk purple or green hair or those whatever hawk hair. I really need to just smile and ask. Now, this is really a great inspiration. It’s definitely in my ‘challenge list’. This week when I go to Rotterdam, I’ll look for something to share with you. 😀 Thanks so much for this. And nice photos btw. Cheers!

    1. Wow, I’m so glad you’re inspired. Get out there and do it!

      I look forward to seeing what you come back with from this weekend. I mean it… find something, shoot it, and share it. I want to see it… it’s a challenge.

    1. Ha, that hadn’t occurred to me. Kobi definitely exudes everything that is Queen St., Toronto.

      His rings were pretty great. I’d love to get my hands on a macro lens and spend a couple hours with his jewellery.

  3. I’ve never heard of somebody asking to have their picture taken before. That really is lucky, especially somebody with such an interesting look. I like the second shot in particular, looks like it could be from a movie!

    1. Ben, I agree. I was really fortunate that he was so cool and easy going. And, you’re not the first to comment that a couple of these images look like they could have come from a movie. Maybe it’s the processing, or the subject matter that makes people think that.

  4. Great portrait of an interesting person! Could well be from the next Matrix movie 😉 Facinating ring!

    1. Aren’t iPhones great!

      I’ve been using a Sony NEX mirrorless camera. It is very compact and has great image quality.

      I just got a Nikon DSLR a couple of weeks ago, so the images from that camera are slowly starting to roll out.

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