Archive for juillet, 2009

First floor watch tower

Vendredi, juillet 31st, 2009

I always imagined that the restaurants kitchen were located on the same floor or below the restaurant. It was not the case of this place close to the Royal Court where it seems that both the waiter and the cook were in position to hunt customers (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asp at F1.4, ISO640

The shooters

Jeudi, juillet 30th, 2009

In front of this shooting stand at the Tuileries fair, I was stopped by this group of friends that asked me if I could take a picture of them. I gladly agreed and they took this band boys pause, probably getting ready to go « in the hunt » of some young women to seduce.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, ISO640

A Flea market jam

Mercredi, juillet 29th, 2009

At the flea market, have a stop in one of the various typical bars and restaurants that showcase music bands. With some luck, you might assist to a special performance that will transport the audience in a parralell world.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO640

Around Europe : A London Limo party

Mardi, juillet 28th, 2009

Thanks to the Eurostar train, London is only a couple of hours away from Paris, making it a favorite destination for weekends. Just like the Champs-Elysées, the Leicester Square area seems to be home to many bachelor party. This is were I took that shot as this girl stood in the door frame as a modern Mona Lisa. I was invited to have a look within the Limousine, but I’ll keep the sight for myself ;)     (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F4, ISO640

Park Monceau’s ghosts

Lundi, juillet 27th, 2009

If you ever go to in Park Monceau in the early hours of the morning, your might encounter ghosts and their freightening shadows. You can observe them performing a series of ritual exercises before they eventually decide to chase you and end your life in atrocious sufferings. Nevertheless, do not worry as, most probably they’ll just run a few laps and go take a deserved shower.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F4, ISO160

Silent contemplation

Dimanche, juillet 26th, 2009

As the last rays of light disappear behind the clouds, this couple sits still in contemplation of the Louvre Palace and the Great Wheel. Silence speaks more than words sometimes   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, ISO640

Flying shoes

Samedi, juillet 25th, 2009

As these two women prepare for a thrilling night ride in the Flying chairs, one of them cautiously removes her shoes. Would have been fun though to see someone being struck by a Flying shoe while walking down the nearby Avenue de Rivoli.     (click on picture to enlarge)

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Dodgem King

Vendredi, juillet 24th, 2009

At the Tuileries Fair this week, not only kids seem to have a blast.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Trapped

Jeudi, juillet 23rd, 2009

Heavy rains started suddenly to pour down on the Marais neighbourhood last night. A girl soaked from head to feet soaked stands in a door porch, waiting for the shower to weaken .      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, ISO640

No light without shadows

Mercredi, juillet 22nd, 2009

As these two young persons share a moment of complicity by the Seine during Paris Plage (Paris at the Beach), an old laser saying  hangs behind them on the walls of a bridge. « There is no light without shadows » by Luis Aragon

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, ISO640

Colors don’t bring sun

Mardi, juillet 21st, 2009

An elder woman stands still at the corner of a street. Time stands still. Long moments of hesitations …. wet her tidy shoes or be late to he rendez-vous. Colors never make the sun come out in Paris.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, ISO640

Prejudice sin ?

Lundi, juillet 20th, 2009

Prejudices can be found anywhere, even in the dark medieval streets of Montfort, 30miles away from Paris.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, ISO640

Curiosity sin ?

Dimanche, juillet 19th, 2009

This shop located in Versailles could obvioulsy only trigger a raises of sudden curiosity ….  (click on picture)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph, ISO160

Glutony sin ?

Samedi, juillet 18th, 2009

As these people got closer to the the doors of this fast food temple, did they suddenly fear a punishment from the God of French Cuisine ? Stroll down to discover the answer ….

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No, like many that had gathered on Les Champs-Elysées, they were looking at the airplanes flying low over the Avenue during the military parade on Bastille Day.

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph and 60mm Hexanon, ISO160

Three Rambo’s and a baby

Vendredi, juillet 17th, 2009

Surprising view by the Canal Saint-Martin as these three men walked around a baby. It reminded me of a twenthiest century version of the famous French movie « Trois hommes et un couffin » (which later became the US blockbuster « Three men and a baby »).      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, ISO160

Countryside series, the final : « Street » Photography

Jeudi, juillet 16th, 2009

For this last entry of this series, here is a set of four « street » photography shots. Therein, shadows appear and vanish, kids screams echoe in the tiny streets while old men seemed rooted in endless walks.   (click on pictures to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon, ISO160

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph, ISO160

Countryside series IX : Market rockband

Mercredi, juillet 15th, 2009

While provencal markets focus on food products, they are often animated by street artists playing for the generosity of the onlookers.  Obviously, this band had chosen an adecuate surrounding for their performance, most reminiscient of the Paris suburbs then a small provincial town .   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F5.6, ISO320

July 14th, Bastille Day

Mardi, juillet 14th, 2009

A little pause in the countryside series as France celebrates today the heroes of the French Revolution. In parallel, the Tour de France enters its second week of competition. Therefore I felt this picture taken this afternoon on Les Champs-Elysées was a good symbol as both the country and the Tour are sometimes felt to be « without a driver » .   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

Countryside series VIII : Of kids and knives

Lundi, juillet 13th, 2009

As nowadays, all Parisian kids hang in a videogames store, kids in provence still seem to long in front of knives at the local market. This is probably due to the fact that everybody would carry a knife in the past in rural towns. Obviously, not for criminal purposes, but to cut the day’s bread or any other little task that would arise.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160

Countryside series VII :

Dimanche, juillet 12th, 2009

Won’t see many cars in the old part of magnificient Vaison-La-Romaine. Every once in a while a few souls will appear at the corner of a street then disappear in the shadows of another one. Note the great initiative of this city as it created a photography exhibition by using the walls of the city to showcase a series of pictures called « Des pierres et des hommes » (« Stones and men »).  There is even one displayed on the picture below … look closely.    (click on picture to enlarge)vaison-woman-countryside-lr.jpgLeica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160