B & W Challenge #3 The Boys in the Band

The boys in the band, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain
The boys in the band, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain

Looking good is mandatory but playing your instrument is optional.

I recently posted photos of Semana Santa – Easter Week – in Spain. Religious processions are solemn occasions but we’ve always been amused by the teenagers who take part in the marching bands.

The above photo was very busy so was heavily cropped to focus attention on the boys’ faces. What you can’t see is that they are all carrying wind instruments. What you can see is that they aren’t playing them.

Jude of Travel Words and the earth laughs in flowers has invited me to join in with this challenge. Jude is an accomplished photographer/traveler/garden enthusiast so while out and about stays grounded and records everything with wonderfully entertaining results.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

Today I would like to nominate Sue Slaght at Travel Tales of Life to take part in the challenge. Sue has all the energy, enthusiasm and devilment I wish I had for travel. You just never know what she will do next. It’s all documented. Go have a look. You won’t be disappointed.

37 thoughts on “B & W Challenge #3 The Boys in the Band

  1. I do not know what the original looked like- but the cropped version here really gives you a feel for the energy of being in the band – and as you note “looking good” and I truly wonder how those outfits evolved to become that…

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  2. Carol You are so kind although I am no sure if devilment is a compliment? I will take it as one. 🙂 I very much appreciate your generous words and invitation.
    Another fantastic black and white and thanks for including the whole photo in the comments.


    1. Of course it’s a compliment! I have these images in my head of you – one is of you splashing into the water as the pelicans take off and the other is of you running (was it up or down) to/from the cross during the Passion Play. You know how to liven up a story!

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      1. Oh yes well I ran both up and down to the cross, a bit faster down when under the threat of at best eviction from the theatre and at worst arrest. The recent pelican extravaganza was great fun although i have been told pelicans can get very aggressive. Yikes.


  3. You are getting into your stride aren’t you? See, I told you this challenge would be good for you and I am loving the varied shots. Another lovely image, good tight crop and great contrast.

    We’re thinking of another trip to Cornwall. Just can’t give up on the Cornish dream yet 😉


      1. All those guys have to do is buzz their lips, I still think woodwinds would be difficult! I think you probably have a pic for every possible WP prompt!


        1. With all the strange things going on in my head, I can make ’em fit! It’s actually very entertaining to ‘travel’ back through my photographs and remember when . . .


  4. What is this? A non-alcoholic post? Come on, fess up….you cropped out the pub in the background so we wouldn’t see you and Himself sitting in there with your drinks, right? 🙂 Lovely pic, even with the cropping. I do wonder if the apparent earring on the boy in the back is regulation dress code though….LOL.

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    1. Don’t be silly! We went for a drink afterwards. We couldn’t have seen everything properly if we were sitting down. So now, not only is everyone questioning my alcohol consumption, you’re scrutinizing my photographs as well! Did you see his tattoo?


      1. Oh, of course. How could I have been so silly not to know that? I’ll catch on soon, Carol, I promise. It’s just that the life of imbibers is a new one to me….I’ve only been introduced to it since I started following you! But I’m a quick learner so don’t worry I won’t make these mistakes for long. And of course we have to scrutinize the photographs…..we may have to stage an intervention at some point! LOL.

        Seriously though, no I did not see the tattoo but I really do enjoy how you use your photos in these challenges. I am wondering how many photos your library actually contains….am thinking you’ve probably got a million!


        1. So let me get this right, if you become an alcoholic it will be my fault? I’m thinking I need a new topic in my posts. This all started from a photo of a pretty Cornish fishing village. How did that happen?
          As for my photos, there were 12,000 some years ago and then I changed laptops and lost count.


          1. 12,000? And each one a gem from what I can see. Very impressive! Don’t think you have to worry about me becoming an alcoholic…someone has to stay sober to keep their eyes on you! 🙂


  5. I’m not a musician – wind instrument or otherwise – but it seems to me that it would be somewhat challenging to play said instruments with that chin strap under the mouth … or does it in fact make it easier?
    I love the big feather plumes 🙂

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    1. You made me doubt myself (not difficult) so I quickly flashed through my photo files thinking I’d made it all up (I often do) and found this for you:

      It does look awkward doesn’t it?


        1. Maybe if the chin strap is under the chin it blocks the airway. Can’t have all the lads fainting halfway through the procession!
          Anybody out there know why the ‘chin’ strap is in that precarious position?


          1. I’ve got it! I’ve got it! The instruments are placed against the lips above the straps to hold the hats in place. They are only played when the hats are in danger of falling off!


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