Gato Barbieri’s silhouette
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Silhouette of Gato Barbieri with bass player, Ron Carter, at the Village Gate in New York 1976c.

The Village Gate was situated on the corner of Thompson & Bleecker Streets in Greenwich Village. The atmosphere in the 70’s was always very special with jazz and salsa musicians playing like there is no tomorrow… We were sitting near the stage and Gato sat with us for a few minutes between sets. The club closed down in 1993.

Hand held manual SLR Canon TFb, Kodak ASA 400 possibly pushed to 800 but unsure. I developed all my negatives at home but couldn’t print as my parents (and the landlord) didn’t want me to paint my room BLACK!

The negative was scanned at 4800dpi. No print was ever made from this neg so it’s only 35 years after taking this photo that I see it for the first time. Some clean up, minor crop, minor levels in CS2.

Featured in
~ Moody & Evocative Easter Sunday 24th April 2011
~ Love Affair With The Lens 28th April 2011
~ In The Shadows 16th May 2011 (group active until end of May 2011)
~ If it doesn’t belong and used in The Art of Silhouettes challenge 28th May 2011
~ A Love of Canon 31st May 2011~ Featured in The Magic of Black and White 12th June 2011
~ B&W Photography 4 You 20th July 2011
~ Amongst Top Ten in YOUR BEST MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT WORK challenge in Music of the Spirit 7th August 2011

Below is LamontCJ’s upload to youtube. Enjoy…

More info about the Village Gate on Wikipedia here
and info about Gato (Leandro) Barbieri born in 1932 here

I restore and colourise old family photographs and am currently assembling a genealogy book. Amphai Masquelier, my mother, shares her Japanese style paintings here. She does not have internet. Feel free to bmail me or email

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 4 years ago

    Great mood capture sweetheART super a – fave ;~} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you Valerie! So glad you like it :-) and thanks for the fave!

    – Baina Masquelier

  • linmarie
    linmariealmost 4 years ago

    THIS IS A FABULOUS SILHOUETTE,, BRAVO!!! peace and love linmarie

  • Thank you Linmarie, thank you for your lovely comment :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogalmost 4 years ago

    Oh this is brilliant .. love it!

  • Thank you, glad you like it! Sure brings back memories….

    – Baina Masquelier

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations Baina – excellent work!

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  • Oh wow…. thank you! What a wonderful Easter present :-) Thank you for hosting!

    – Baina Masquelier

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 4 years ago

    Congrats Baina. Great atmospheric image


  • Thank you Dave :-) First time I see this photo since I took it… Lucky I found my book of negs :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • Ainsley Kellar Creations
    Ainsley Kellar...almost 4 years ago

    Very groovy capture!

  • Oh… thank you, what wonderful news… I feel very happy :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • MelissaRaquel
    MelissaRaquelover 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot!!! Thank you for submitting to ‘In the Shadows’ :0)

  • Thank you Melissa, I feel honoured… this is my little baby :-)

    – Baina Masquelier

  • MelissaRaquel
    MelissaRaquelover 3 years ago

  • Oh wow, thank you Melissa… and now I am speechless :-) Thank you so much for all your efforts hosting this wonderful group In the Shadows I am most honoured.

    – Baina Masquelier

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...over 3 years ago

  • Thank you Luisa, this made my day :-) Thank you for hosting!

    – Baina Masquelier

  • DionNelson
    DionNelsonover 3 years ago

    Great shot. I love the b&w and how you let the lighting do it’s own thing! Perfectly executed!! Congrats on being featured!!

  • Thank you Dion, nowadays, it would be difficult to get a shot with the cigarette smoke in the lights… Thanks for visiting!

    – Baina Masquelier

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