Archive for octobre, 2009

Slideshow : La marche des zombies

Samedi, octobre 31st, 2009

As I was walking down the Avenue de Rivoli this afternoon, I suddenly crossed the path of a crowd of frightening Zombies. No, evil did not take over Paris yet and the underground is not populated by thousands of dead men walking.  It was indeed Zombi Day, a special march downtown to celebrate the day of the Dead.  Click here or on picture to launch slideshow.

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All picture taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, ISO640.

Belle Luxe

Vendredi, octobre 30th, 2009

This is a partially staged shot in a tiny street behind La Bastille. The Belle Luxe is evidently … the Mercedes parked on the right ;)   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/6, ISO640

Back home; the Shantytown

Jeudi, octobre 29th, 2009

A Gipsy mother and her daughter return to the shantytown. Their paper house with no water or electricity is located 100 meters away from the high rise of one of France’s biggest multinational company.  These shantytowns are not permanent as the authorities dismantle them after a few months. Their inhabitants then climb on the next train and go build another camp a few kilometers away. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 75mm Summicron at F4, 1/750, ISO160

Daily Laundry

Mercredi, octobre 28th, 2009

When one visits the magnificient City of Lights, he would be hard pressed to believe that shantytowns can be found only a few miles away. Thousands of Gipsies live close to the shores of the Seine branches, and do their laundry by drawing water out of the River. It is always puzzling to witness such scenes in France in 2009. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 75mm Summicron at F2, 1/500, ISO160

This is it

Mardi, octobre 27th, 2009

« This is it », a movie, a fight, a sudden tiredness. I guess the title can apply to so many circumstances in life.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 75mm Summilux at F4, 1/125, ISO640

The Scooter Race

Lundi, octobre 26th, 2009

A wide open Avenue just for themselves, let the race begin !    (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M8 with 75mm Summicron at F5.6, 1/350, ISO160

Vogue Exhibit

Dimanche, octobre 25th, 2009

During the month of October, an exhibit on the lower part of Les Champs-Elysées displays the best covers of 90 years of Vogue magazine. Looks like women already knew how to seduce decades ago.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 75mm Summicron at F4, 1/125, ISO640

Autumn is back

Samedi, octobre 24th, 2009

Grey, rain, mist, warm coats, falling leaves, long walks, hot chocolate …. Autumn is back in Paris.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 75mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/160, ISO160

A Crossroad in Life

Vendredi, octobre 23rd, 2009

Sometimes one comes to a crossroad in life. He then takes a sit, contemplates his options and chooses a way. Obviously, more easy to say than do. Especially when you live in Saint-Denis, one of the toughest suburbs of Paris where this religious center is located.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 90mm Tele-Elmarit at F4, 1/500, F140

A Day against Misery

Jeudi, octobre 22nd, 2009

As they wait for the signal to let the balloons fly away at the Day against Misery charity, a man and a woman stand stoically in the wind. Others did not resist the wind.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph, ISO160

Hide out in Les Tuileries

Mercredi, octobre 21st, 2009

Enjoying his Ice cream, a kid hides behind a tree in the Tuileries Garden.  Was someone after him to steal his iced sweet ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160

Look behind

Mardi, octobre 20th, 2009

« Bella, I am so tired, this city is so big and we still haven’t found the Institut de France »   …

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« Bello, even after all these years, you never stop to surprise me …. look behind … »

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph, ISO160  (click on pictures to enlarge)

Polish Dolls Tour

Lundi, octobre 19th, 2009

A bit of a surrealistic scene I guess … I’ll leave the interpretation up to your imagination today.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160

Sunday lunch

Dimanche, octobre 18th, 2009

Well dressed, both with flowers … I wonder which one of them got the great pleasure to be presented to their future parents-in-law ?   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/1000, ISO160

Temptations Fair

Samedi, octobre 17th, 2009

Here is a picture you can probably find in many iterations on the web as it was taken today at the Paris Photo Fair. I found it a good symbol. Eve in Paradise with the many visitors trying to resist the temptation of … buying too much superfluous photographic equipment. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/250, ISO160

The Giant and the Kid

Vendredi, octobre 16th, 2009

In front of the Saint Eustache Church, a giant stone head looks at a little girl’s game.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/8000, ISO160

A Virgin Kiss

Jeudi, octobre 15th, 2009

Sorry about this bad translation to English, the picture should actually be titled   « A kiss in front of Virgin » ;)   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/180, ISO160

Borat Driving ?

Mercredi, octobre 14th, 2009

This scene makes me think of a potential scene in Cohen’s Borat movie :  « In Kazakhstan, man always drrrrive cozy, warm and drrry. Woman always goes in back  .. yeeah, no prrroblem, she  check if police not coming »   (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Last train to Hogwarts

Mardi, octobre 13th, 2009

This girl found in the metro almost looked like a student of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft. Maybe she had just missed the train, leaving Harry Potter and his group begin new adventures without her ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/90, ISO640

The Soap Bubble Maker

Lundi, octobre 12th, 2009

In the age of the Playstation and MySpace, it’s great to see that kids still get enthusiastic about old tricks such as the enormous soap bubbles made by this street artist.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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