Triptychs of Strangers #26, The Fingercounting Violinist - Hamburg

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About this shot
You might have seen his portrait a couple of days ago, I liked it so much and simply had to post it as well.

This was taken during a lunch break two weeks ago. At that time I had not talked to a stranger for almost three weeks. Most of you know you have to grow balls with every street session. I took me five minutes to ask for a triptych composition I already had in mind.

You all know usually there's not much time. But in this case there was no need to hurry - this guy was playing violin for money and therefore not moving for a while.
Sounds like a quite easy street shoot, doesn't it? Well it was not, our stranger #26 spoke neither german nor english :-)

About this stranger
Meet, Peterica. He is 61 years old and originally from Bukarest, Romania. 2 years ago he came to Hamburg with his 1 wife and his 4 younger kids in the hope of finding a better life. He is and has always been an musician, he started playing violin at the age of 6, which makes 55 years in total. He has also given classes for 40 years in his hometown.

His favorite song could be "O sole mio", at least he was playing it most of the time.

What else can I say … yeah, how did we actually talk? Well, the answer is: I have an app for that

And now guess how he gave me the answers ;-)

Our strangers #26 can only be "The Fingercounting Violinist"

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  1. Oak T. 30 months ago | reply

    Great character!

  2. samy_flickr 30 months ago | reply

    great tryptich!
    Genius... gorgeous idea :D

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  3. lydiafairy 30 months ago | reply

    SO absolutely Lovely!!!

  4. orangeUboard 30 months ago | reply

    cool tryptich!

  5. Martino Varano (McMartin) 30 months ago | reply

    Very, Very, Very, Very nice :)

  6. Hoyuela 30 months ago | reply

    Nie tryptich.

  7. SOPHOCO 30 months ago | reply

    spectacular result of tryptich composition

  8. Mr Akyuz 30 months ago | reply

    Those triptychs are really fun :)

  9. Pierre NATOLI 30 months ago | reply

    Awesome... as usual

  10. codahl 29 months ago | reply

    So fascinated by these...always and stories.

  11. S O M A Y A H 29 months ago | reply


    Nice picture, i really like it <3

    All the best my friend

  12. PresseHeinz 29 months ago | reply

    great smiling grandpa :-)

  13. ontrialdesign 27 months ago | reply

    I loooooove this series!!!! Awesome!!!

  14. annasoens 27 months ago | reply

    love your triptychs - each story is so interesting and each picture is so engaging. keep 'em coming (:

  15. Hrebi 23 months ago | reply

    Amazing idea with these portraits !

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