After taking pictures at Gloria Beach in Port Saint-Louis for an hour, I decided to head for a straw roofed bar (the famous « Paillotte », more often illegal then not) located by the beach. As I sat and began talking with other customers, Pierrot suddenly appeared and sat by me. I promptly asked him if I could take a picture of him. He answered to my request by saying « Try and I’ll punch you in the face » with a playful grin on his face. Since Pierrot was a 1.90 meters high, 120 kilos retired truck driver built like a cupboard, I did not insist. Yet we started chatting around a beer and he turned out to be a very sympathetic and talkative fellow. After 45 minutes, I knew half of the bar’s happy few, had taken a portrait of the pretty waitress and Pierrot turned to me and said « So, are you finally going to take that picture of me? ».
In reportage, patience is sometimes your best ally. Get to know the people, relax and who knows, your best shot might suddenly unfold in front of your eyes. This is what happened to me that day as you will see below. (click on pictures to enlarge)
Pierrot sitting next to me in the beach bar.
Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO200, ND filter
Portrait of the waitress
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO200, ND filter
And it was while talking to Pierrot that the following scene happened in front of me ; three kids were busing check out a fishing rod before they head for the beach. This turned out to be one to by my favorite shot of the week and made the final editing.
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO200, ND filter