On the Streets of Kingston 2

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

I have always wanted to attend the Buskers Rendezvous in downtown Kingston. I was quite surprised to find out it was their 25th year! Where have I been?

I was also surprised to learn the performers are not only from Kingston but as far a field as New Zealand. This is what these performers do for full-time employment. They travel and put on shows on the streets of the world. I felt fortunate to drive a short distance from my home to attend such a spectacular event.

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

Photo by Gail Paquette

I also was on the look for a Kingstonian for my Humans of Kingston site. Amongst the jugglers and acrobats I found a quiet corner where a father and son were having their caricature drawn. I was lucky enough to arrive just as it was being completed.

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Photo by Gail Paquette

I approached the father and asked if I could take a quick shot for my site. He smiled and agreed. They removed the drawing from it’s packaging and proudly displayed their portrait.

What do you want to be when you grow up? “A Ninjaaaaaa!!!”

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“A Ninjaaaaaa!!!” Photo by Gail Paquette

“He was here with his mom yesterday and saw this man drawing. He really, really wanted to get this done.”

It was the only portrait I took that day because I felt I had nailed the ambiance of Humans in Kingston by capturing a special father/son moment.

I continued to wander from street to street and through Confederation Park. It was definitely a photographers’ dream. Colourful costumes, animated performances and crowds of people all under a beautiful blue sky secured me some great shots. Kingston is vibrant and lively city!

4 thoughts on “On the Streets of Kingston 2

  1. Looks like you had an amazing day. I love street fairs. There’s so much people watching to do and it’s always fun. I’ve never heard of a Busker fest but I’m going to keep an eye out for them now. That would be an incredible experience watching all those talented people.

  2. For me it’s less the talent of buskers, which in many cases is incredible, and more about their story. The travel, the sites, the experiences, the risk, the sacrifice. The stand alone smiling guy form a shot you took probably has a novel’s worth to tell. I wonder who bothers and who cares. Certainly street talent is one treat of summer. You captured that well.

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