Melancholia

I like Camden Town, but  one has to admit that the amount of pretentiousness per sq ft is probably the highest  in the world there. Everyone tries to be something or someone else to the point when they forget what they really are.  Taking pictures there often feels like cheating – it’s not street photography when everyone is living for the lens. But even the most hardcore performance artists need a break once in a while – or so it felt when I took this shot. The girl sitting at the piano was a tourist, accompanied by her family: she seemed shy, but her mother was determined to show off her daughter a little bit – after all, if you can hold your ground in Camden Town, you can make it anywhere. The girl didn’t play well, but that was not the point. There was a certain honesty to the way she stumbled through the simple melody that made the onlookers pensive in a way good things sometimes do.

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