Women have a clear advantage when heat waves hit the city like this week. Tomorrow is planned to be worse, will we see men with umbrellas ? (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter
I usually post pictures taken in the ongoing week. But unluckily I am stuck in Madrid due to a volcanic ash cloud (I know there are worse places to be stranded ;) ). Hope to be back in Paris tomorrow meanwhile here is an older post I had never published and relates to my current situation.
In front of the Montparnasse station and its famous tower, two young travellers debate. On the next destination ? (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M8 with 75mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO160
Always wondered how waiters somehow find a way not to drop the stuff on their trays. I wonder what would have happened in this occurence if the tray had been full of drinks as something (someone … ) seemed to have caught all of his attention (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M9 with 75mm Summicron at F2, 1/2000, ISO160
I received an email today from a person surfing the net to find pictures of « French people ». After a while, it got me thinking about what defines pictures of « French people ». Are typical items such as a beret and a baguette needed to identify a Frenchman or could a simple portrait be enough ?
I don’t know, yet I am 99.9% sure that the picture below portrays a Frenchman. (obviously, the Arch of Triumph helps … but still). (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/125, ISO1000
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)
Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160
Obviously, the busiest merchants today were the ones selling Champagne, Foie gras and oysters. Especially for the oyster merchant as an apprentice had to be trained in urgency to open help opening them. Oysters are a weird delicatessen for the foreign novice, but a way for many to celebrate the last dinner of the decade.
Wish you all a Happy New Year !
Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2, 1/125, ISO200