Archive for septembre, 2009

The butcher shop

Mercredi, septembre 30th, 2009

This butcher shop located in a strange building appeared be a meeting point for many. Just like this old man that licked his lips just as the thought of the treats found inside the shop.           (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M8, ISO160

The afternoon walk

Mardi, septembre 29th, 2009

Few residents remain around the Arch of Triumph, yet this couple seemed to have been there forever. The long afternoon walk that ends up on the same bench, looking at the flow of tourists passing by. Surely they must have seen quite a few strange specimens by looking at their expression.         (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron at F4, ISO160

Sunday Falafel

Lundi, septembre 28th, 2009

On Sundays, one of the Parisians favorites is to head to le Marais and the Jewish neighbourhood (Pletzl) to enjoy a great lunch. Only problem is the crowd and long waiting lines to get a Falafel Sandwich. It did not seem to delight these girls, probably drooling over the wonderful smell of the fresh food. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F8, 1/250, ISO160

Apple Pie Girl

Dimanche, septembre 27th, 2009

Though the blackboard promoted a « Tartes aux pommes » (Apple Pie), this girl was no « tart » but a lovely Paris visitors having a drink on a terrace close to Montmartre (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/350, ISO160

Canal St-Martin’s locks

Samedi, septembre 26th, 2009

A father and his daughter contemplate a river boat entering one of the locks of Canal Saint-Martin.

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/1000, ISO160.

Higher than an Angel

Vendredi, septembre 25th, 2009

On Place St-Michel, a band of cheerleaders performs to promote an event. One of the girls gets thrown in the air, yet she can’t probably not compete in height with the Angel on the facade of the church.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/500, ISO160

The big race down the street

Jeudi, septembre 24th, 2009

In Le Marais, kids line up on top of a street and get ready for the start signal. Un-Deux-Trois go … given his start I would not bet on the leftmost kid to win.

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/750, ISO160

Rock Paper Scissors

Mercredi, septembre 23rd, 2009

The economic crisis also seems to have hit the luxurious hotels such as Le Meurice on Avenue the Rivoli. In normal times, Mercedes and Ferraris would normally be seen in front of the Hotel and valets would take great pleasure in driving them to the car park. Wasn’t the case this time as these two valets seem to be playing « Rock Paper Scissors » in order to pick which of them will get the honour of parking that little … toy.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F5.6, 1/350, ISO160

The lost adventurer

Mardi, septembre 22nd, 2009

While people queued to enter Notre Dame, this biker came out of nowhere and stopped on the sidewalk. After a quick call and a cigarette, he rode away … back to the future ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/250, ISO160

A protest for life

Lundi, septembre 21st, 2009

Abortion was legalized in France in 1975. Since then, it has become largely accepted in the French population and does not generate much debate anymore. Nevertheless, a few religious groups keep on defending the « right for life » and organize rallies now and then. Last weekend, they organized a small demonstration in Place Saint-Michel and put themselves to the task of convincing the passerbys on this delicate subject. Not always with success but it generated quite a few passionate debates.  (click on pictures to enlarge)

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All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 28mm Summicron, ISO160

European Patrimony Days

Dimanche, septembre 20th, 2009

This weekend took place this yearly event where citizens can visit any governmental buildings. This was also the case for President Sarkozy’s Palais de l’Elysée where thousands queued to discover the innards of power. While it was an openhouse day, it obviously did not mean visitors could freely enter any place of the Palace … Carla surely would probably not have appreciated.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/3000, ISO160

Tuileries Garden Newest Statue ?

Samedi, septembre 19th, 2009

At first sight, one could believe that a new statue was installed in the Tuileries Garden …   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/350, ISO160

Bercy Lovers

Vendredi, septembre 18th, 2009

In the Bercy Parks, columns covered with vegetation run parrallel to a little pond. It provides little hide out from the passer-bys. Well, almost, one could say.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/750, ISO160

The Latin Dance Teacher

Jeudi, septembre 17th, 2009

Before a Latin dance class, this teacher and her partner opened the ball with a little demonstration.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/2000, ISO160

Generation of footballers

Mercredi, septembre 16th, 2009

I spent most of my youth on football fields. Though grass fields are few in Paris, a father will always find a square or lonely street to share a few kids. The passion is carried on to the next generation.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron, ISO160

Food for the mind

Mardi, septembre 15th, 2009

Not many customers that day, so the crepe cook took this opportunity to feed its mind. Wonder whether it was a philosophy or cuisine book ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO320

Honey, let’s go sit in the Park

Lundi, septembre 14th, 2009

An elder couple sits in front of a pond full of water plants. After so many years, presence takes over words I presume ?   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/3000, ISO160

Honey, guess what …

Dimanche, septembre 13th, 2009

« I just picked up your new lamp. Great no ? No kidding, you are going to cook ‘ Lapin à la moutarde’ for lunch ?!!!  Great honey, be home in a few minutes. »

Of course, this speech is made up but the expression of this man made me think of these 60′s French movies with famous humorists Bourvil and De Funès. The scripts were probably less sophisticated than most of today’s movies, but they were great at representing the every day life of a normal French citizen.

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO160

Around the World : Capone’s Chicago

Samedi, septembre 12th, 2009

(Second slideshow of Chicago Series)

As a kid, Chicago only meant one thing : the city of Al Capone and his gangsters. Probably influenced by the many Hollywood movies showcasing Al Capone and the Prohibition years. Luckily, Chicago is now a modern and pretty safe city even though when one goes out at night, he might suddenly feel like he were back in the atmosphere of the 20′s. This slideshow is the result of my errances in the dark side streets and misty nights of Chicago, looking for Al.  Click here or on picture to launch slideshow.

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Sun, Smoke and Jazz

Vendredi, septembre 11th, 2009

Obvioulsy, a lighter version of the famous « Sea, sex and Rock’n'Roll » as kids were strolling all over the park during this afternoon concert.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/1000, ISO160