The Busker

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A break from my usual offerings here on Panoramio - this charming fellow was snapped by myself some 25 odd years ago in the centre of London. I have taken it from a slide. He was playing a 'Hurdy-Gurdy' musical instrument, hence the name. I never knew his real name or background (maybe he was an actor?), but I think he knew the worth of his own characteristic face as people were clambering for photographs, so there might still be some of this chap somewhere else out there?

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Comments (72)

Cockroach Spinner on March 17, 2013

Hi Herb, Very picturesque photo. The Best! Y* But he in vain smokes!

Herb Riddle on March 19, 2013

arturo1 and David, apologies for not commenting on this earlier. (Too many holidays perhaps?) Very happy you both like this old portrait, taken in the days when I did much more of this kind of thing. They don't make them like this anymore. Thanks for the Fav and like my friends.

Cockroach thanks for bringing my attention to this. Very happy you think it good enough for your YS too. Yes, it was taken in the days when most of the male population smoked. (As in your country!)

Regards, Herb

Cockroach Spinner on March 19, 2013

Not at all. Yes dear Herb, many people smoke and now in my country. It is necessary to me to avoid theirs when I run by parkways and parks of Saratov. Slava.

christine taraud on April 29, 2013

A big portrait with the interiorized and deep look. Best regards,


Christos Theodorou on April 29, 2013

Coming from Dickens' books - Magnificent portrait. Greetings from Athens.

Herb Riddle on April 30, 2013

Christos, nice to see you here again. A real portrait that one does not see nowadays, as you say, straight from Dickens.

Christine, welcome to my gallery. It is always nice to see new visitors here. I do not do many portraits nowadays, I leave that that to other photographers but I am honoured that you enjoy this so. Please call again.

Best wishes, Herb

vise81 on May 9, 2013


ciao, Francesco

Herb Riddle on May 11, 2013

Francesco another visit, another like. Thanks.

Best wishes, Herb

other1_f on February 15, 2014

excellent portrait! F

Jack Tol on November 21

That's a beautiful and perfect naturaly looking portrait.



Slávka K on November 21

Veľmi pekne zachytené vrásky, krásny portrét

Herb Riddle on November 21

Elena, Jack and Slávka, my thanks for your visits to this rare portrait from me. People like this are rare nowadays. We must always wonder what must have happened to him -he would be at least 30 years older now. Very happy you like it.

Regards, Herb

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    by Herb Riddle