Flight by Martin Stoimenov

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only six people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100 each. This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste, and the priorities of people. The outlines were, in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be that if we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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Canon EOS 600D with 18-55 kit lens | Exposure 1/15 @ f /3.5 | ISO 200 | Focal Length 18mm

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Award Date
July 9, 2020



Value 11
Clarity 12
Composition 17
Style 12
Skill 11

Award Category
Street Photography

Photograph Location
Sofia, Bulgaria

Martin lives in Bulgaria, small country with no economic growth but with beautiful nature and people.Its not an easy life there and he travels a few times in his country to try to document the life outside his born town.When he mean beautiful people its not only the outside beauty but the inside too, the emotions, problems that each one of us has, our happy and sad moments, the beauty of feeling.

Current Location
Sofia, Bulgaria



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