I was going to ask you about whether this had ever happened to you, whilst you were out and about forcing people to take their 15 minutes. Looks like he's thinking he knows where he wants to put those balloons.
it was bound to happen at some point. sometimes i think people spot i am prepping a shot and i always abandon, but this was literally as the shutter was pressed. made for an interesting shot though!
I think the main thing with this guy is the sheer array of things going on with him. So yeah at first glance he is an aging balloon man, caught off guard by the freak with the camera. But then like all the best photos when you look slightly deeper you notice things, like his multi-coloured threads, and not one but two (and surely that is two too many) bum bags. Balloon men, the gift that keeps on giving.
Thanks Gary, I do kinda like this pic, even though it was a bit awkward when he caught me. The expression adds something, and makes it unique to all the others posted so far. Balloonist love a bum bag, it's where they keep their rubbers!'The Freak' ;-)