street portrait

Street Portrait: Zoltan

On Monday, as I was cycling to work, I hit a roadblock at one of the bigger intersections in the city. All four directions were closed off, and I was forced to dismount and walk around the barricades. I noticed a passer-by pause for a moment to watch the workers on the street. I soon noticed that he raised a camera to take some shots of a worker cutting the pavement. With the soft morning light funnelling through the tall buildings, and the sparks shooting out from the ground, there’s no doubt he captured a pretty spectacular moment.

I quickly raced to the opposite side of the street to see if I could get a different angle of the scene, but when I raised my camera to shoot, the cutterĀ had stopped. To my surprise, another worker jumped into the frame and gave me a great big smile. He then waved me off and started to walk away, but I yelled over to him and asked him to pose, allowing me to get the shot below.

We chatted for a few minutes, I learned that his name was Zoltan, but with all the noise I had trouble carrying on much of a conversation. The cool thing is, Zoltan is looking for a photographer to take some shots of him in a more professional way. The bad thing is, I don’t think I’ll have time with such a tight time frame before I move out of the city. I’m trying to see if I can make it work, but I fear that it may be too difficult.

So we’ll have to settle with this image…