Friday, May 23, 2008

The Beat

At the end of the Annie Malone parade last weekend, some participants hung out on the side streets, keeping the beat going and thumping it off the surrounding office buildings. This young man was with a group of percussionists and dancers in the courtyard of Louis Sullivan's Wainwright Building. It is of great architectural significance, being one of the first couple of steel-framed skyscrapers in the world. (Eleven stories was a skyscraper in 1890.) These kids put on a great improv dance show for their own pleasure but I was fascinated by this young man's disengagement. I liked his crooked yellow bow tie and the way the light played off his face, too.

TOMORROW: Poker Face


Ineke said...

That's one serious looking drummer. Love the other portraits too.
o and the mc donalds rant.
Feel the same.

Olivier said...

encore un beau portrait. il porte un numéro, il y avait un concours ?
still a beautiful portrait. it bears a number, there were a competition?

iBlowfish said...

I like his seriousness in his face. He really looked into beating those drums. Or maybe he noticed that you took his picture. I'm looking forward for your next post.