Archive for janvier, 2010

By the Grand Palais

Dimanche, janvier 31st, 2010

A girl passes in front of le Grand Palais. Was her mind full of sparks, like the dome of the Palace ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/710, ISO160

Love at first sight on Rivoli Avenue

Samedi, janvier 30th, 2010

but was the inside an empty shell ?

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/180, ISO160

By Notre Dame du Rosaire

Vendredi, janvier 29th, 2010

A shadow stands on the forecourt of Saint-Ouen’s  Notre Dame du Rosaire. Why do church look like crime scenes at night (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, 1/3, ISO1250

The weight of years

Jeudi, janvier 28th, 2010

When the weight of years becomes too heavy, chic might seem like futile band-aid. (click on pictures to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/180, ISO160

The tout

Mercredi, janvier 27th, 2010

On Les Champ-Elysées, a waiter serves as tout for a restaurant. He looks more like movie character then a customer hunter.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/350, ISO160

By le Printemps

Mardi, janvier 26th, 2010

A girl rushes to the Printemps Shopping center for the last days of sales. Why spend more money when one has a look that show so much personality ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160

The man in Saint-Augustin

Lundi, janvier 25th, 2010

The shadow of a church, the shadows of a soul. (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1000, ISO160

Dancing in the rain, not !

Dimanche, janvier 24th, 2010

A girl contemplates the poster of the « Non, je ne dans pas ! » (no I won’t dance). Rain droplets on top, and hearts inside.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/350, ISO160

Houston, we have a problem

Samedi, janvier 23rd, 2010

As this elegant cowboy walks down les Champs-Elysées, he seemed worried by the news he is getting on his mobile phone. Was it Houston on the other side as the price of oil was crashing yesterday ?

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/250, ISO2500

Esmeralda and Quasimodo : Act II

Vendredi, janvier 22nd, 2010

Well, Quasimodo was the dog and in my story, it was it that abandoned Esmeralda to go look for a more fascinating master. Looks that is he also became more human and experienced, waiting for a headless woman to pick him up ;)  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/125, ISO500

Esmeralda and Quasimodo : Act I

Jeudi, janvier 21st, 2010

Next to Notre Dame, a girl sits at a coffee with her friends while the dog lays bored. Let’s imagine the girl is Esmeralda, who is Quasimodo then ? (to be followed)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F5.6, 1/710, ISO160

In the wee small hours of the morning …

Mercredi, janvier 20th, 2010

… while the whole world is fast asleep.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

Luxury is so boring

Mardi, janvier 19th, 2010

While his parents are shopping in the temple of luxury, a little kid sits bored and probably craving to join the many passerby’s having a walk on Les Champs-Elysées.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/125, ISO160

After the mass

Lundi, janvier 18th, 2010

After food for the mind, was this old lady rushing to next tea room for some long awaited biscuits ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2, 1/125, ISO160

A whole life in a face

Dimanche, janvier 17th, 2010

I encountered this man on the Ile de la Cité where he was having a morning walk in the early sunlights. The story of his life can probably be read in his face. Pain, tiredness but also pride, dignity and still ingenious glance.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160

The bridge of wandering souls

Samedi, janvier 16th, 2010

The Alma bridge becomes a supernatural setting after heavy rainfall. Were the souls in the distance wandering to another world? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO160

Queens at Queen and Flakes on Flakes

Vendredi, janvier 15th, 2010

Snow is falling as these girls take shelter at the entrance of the Queen dance club for a cigarette. It almost looks like Heidi’s land on the outside, yet in the inside, it becomes at night the hottest place in town.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/125, ISO200

Time of Flower shirts

Jeudi, janvier 14th, 2010

Flowers on the shirts, not yet in the trees. This harsh Winter seems here to stay.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO160

Move aside gentlemen

Mercredi, janvier 13th, 2010

To find her directions in the neighbourhood, a woman has to stand on her toes to peak over two « gentlemen ».  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2, 1/2000, ISO160

Behind the façades

Mardi, janvier 12th, 2010

Paris has been loosing its population for several decades. Indeed the raising prices of housing has slowly pushed the lower and middle class to the suburbs, leaving room for companies to occupy most of the beautiful Haussman style building located downtown. Still, everyday life is still there when one peeps in the patios of the more recent residential complexes in popular neighbourhoods such as Belleville. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV at F4, 1/125, ISO160