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The jazz musician

The pinstripe suit, the watch, the gleaming trumpet. Down to every detail, Billy Coates looks the part of a seasoned street musician as he fills a downtown L.A. block with jazz music. Seemingly lost in time, this image captures the entire scene of downtown in a single frame, says photographer Michael Jaffe.

The woman running for the bus, the murals, the street musician.

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"The trumpet was shining in the sunlight. It was pretty late in the day so it just caught a perfect reflection," Jaffe says. "I just thought it was a beautiful scene."

Jaffe recently moved to Los Angeles, where he's continuing a street photography project he's carried on as a hobby. He's looking for the wildest characters possible.

He used an off-camera flash lit from the right to capture Coates' performance on South Broadway, later  burning and dodging the monochrome image for a grittier effect. He used a Canon 5d Mark iii with a 24-70mm lens to make the image.

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