The Mirror Man, Krakow, Poland

The Mirror Man

Mirror Man, a street entertainer at Krakow main square, Poland. His suit is very impressive and must take some considerable maintenance.

Busking

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities, though “busking” is particularly associated with singing or playing music. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers.

The term busking was first noted in the English language around the middle 1860s in Great Britain. The verb to busk, from the word busker, comes from the Spanish root word buscar, with the meaning “to seek”. The Spanish word buscar in turn evolved from the Indo-European word *bhudh-skō (“to win, conquer”).  It was used for many street acts, and title of a famous Spanish book about one of them, El buscón. Today, the word is still used in Spanish but mostly relegated for female street sex workers, or women seeking to be set up as private mistress of married men.- Wikipedia

Photography Tips:

The most important thing to capture urban shots like this, is to place yourself in the scene. Grab your camera and a good walk-about lens, explore your local city and observe the happenings. If you are shooting during the day, ISO 100\200 should be ideal depending on the light. Just be weary of capturing people, not everyone is a fan of their picture being taken. I like to find a spot out of the way, but close enough to the action. A good zoom lens is ideal to provide you with this distance required.