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10 APRIL 2004, BOURKE STREET, MELBOURNE

It must be frustrating work, this street artistry. You spend your entire afternoon on your knees, chalk at your side and clumsy feet all around. Just as your concentration starts to build and you block out the sounds around you the clatter of coin on coin into your collection tray interrupts you. You nod your thanks and try to re-enter the zone. Another coin hits the metal.

You look up, about to adjust the sleeve of your subject. A camera lens is poked into your face. At least the fellow is careful enough to not smudge your work. In a split second he's gone and you go back to work- eager to finish before the sun disappears beyond the horizon.

Here is that split second- recorded for posterity.

Technical: I darkened the background overall and burnt in the person entering the frame from the left- there wasn't enough motion blur for that one to melt into the background like the rest. I didn't want to crop that leg out otherwise the subject's own feet would be too close to the edge.

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50mm ; XP2 at ISO400

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