I don't know why but I find this kind of creepy and beautiful all at the same time. I love the tones and colours – this photo could have been taken any time in the last 40 or 50 years (but for the brand new looking vespa). It's beautiful.
I love the photo, but i loathe these begging accordeonplayers. They do not know how to play besides 3 notes. I worked at a shop who had one sitting in front of it every day, making a very good income while driving me crazy with the endless repeating of 30 seconds of the same tune.
Ahhh! when i was in Rome there was a man who played the melodica outside our apartment EVERY day he would play the same two or 3 songs on loop and hassle us for money EVERY day…but looking back it was a funny memory, and apparently a very "Rome" thing to experience. The gypsy presence there is a bit like the presence of the homeless in SF.
This picture caught me by surprise, because when I was studying abroad in fall 2009, my friend and I traveled to Rome. She took a picture of this man for her photography class – and he was in the same exact spot on the street wearing the same exact sweater. Amazing how the same street performer catches the attention of two different photographers, even years apart.