Alianza Pais party supporter, Quito, 20 April 2015
Alianza Pais party supporter, Quito, 20 April 2015

The Dandy Dozen: My 12 Favorite Street Portraits For April 2015

Back in the early days of Piran Café, some eight-plus years ago, I published a monthly review of what I considered to be the best, or at least my favorite photos I shot or published during the previous month. I’m going to give that project yet another restart today, but with a twist, focusing solely on candid portraits shot on the streets.

I’m happy to report that none of the subjects flung sardines at me or punched me in the crotch.

In fact, this super hero, decked out in yellow and blue, all but begged me to snap his photo, and I was happy to oblige. He is among the Alianza Pais party faithful who turn out each Monday morning for Quito’s weekly Changing of the Guard ceremony to show their unyielding support for Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa. The pride he exudes, even from behind his mask, makes this one of my personal favorites.

The rest? All were snapped in Quito, four during the annual Good Friday Procession which I posted about in detail here, one of the largest and most colorful Roman Catholic Holy Week events in Latin America.

For post-processing, I played around a bit with a set of classic film presets I bought yesterday from Elephant Gun, an international collective whose work I’ve grown to admire a great deal. Make some time to check out their projects and track them down on Instagram. You won’t be disappointed.

In the meantime, enjoy this month’s Dandy Dozen. As always, feedback is welcome, encouraged, and very much appreciated.

 

At the Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03 April 2015
At the Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03 April 2015
Walking in the rain, Calle Espejo, Quito, 19 April 2015
Walking in the rain, Calle Espejo, Quito, 19 April 2015
Street vendor, Plaza Grande, Quito, 20 April 2015
Street vendor, Plaza Grande, Quito, 20 April 2015
Jesus 12, Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03 April 2015
Jesus 12, Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03 April 2015
Plaza San Francisco, Quito, 10 April 2015
Plaza San Francisco, Quito, 10 April 2015
Watching the Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03-Apr-2015
Watching the Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03-Apr-2015
Police officer at the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, Plaza Grande, Quito, 20 April 2015
Police officer at the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, Plaza Grande, Quito, 20 April 2015
Cross bearer taking a brief break, Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03-Apr-2015
Cross bearer taking a brief break, Good Friday Procession, Quito, 03-Apr-2015
Plaza Grande, Quito, 19-April 2015
Plaza Grande, Quito, 19-April 2015 (Taken with a Samsung Galaxy 4)
A blind man playing an accordion named Freedom
A blind man playing an accordion named Freedom, Quito, 13 April 2015

And lastly, but not leastly: this isn’t a street shot per se but I can’t leave out this portrait of Carolina, a new friend for life, snapped high above Quito. I hope this finds you well.

Carolina at the Teleferico station above Quito, 20 April 2015
Carolina at the Teleferico station above Quito, 20 April 2015

 

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  1. Interesting that all the photos (except the last) are of men. Any women on the streets of Quits?

  2. As usual, your portraits convey much feeling and are truly terrific! I love that you could catch those people in a single moment and that you were attacked back because of what you were doing. I always fear disturbing them or making them angry, but they are absolutely so beautiful!!! and the surroundings are a great addition to their being.
    I greatly enjoyed watching them. As usual! ha!

    1. Thanks, Juls and many thanks, glad you enjoyed. Those attacks are extremely rare, and make for great stories that I’ll be referring to for the rest of my life. 🙂

  3. This is a great and beautiful collection of portraits. I love how it seems to capture the different facets of Quito everyday life and culture. Love it!

  4. Gorgeous shots, Bob. Hard to pick a favorite. I think the old man with the hat is my pick. I detail in his face is lovely. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  5. The cross-bearer is especially powerful. Great shots. You obviously exude the kind of energy which makes people feel they can trust you taking their photograph…except for those rare crotch punchers, got to watch out for those. haha

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