Monday, December 6, 2010

Le Promeneur Solitaire

EExcept for a an ocasional nun I always seem to have the whole area behind St-Gervais-et-St-Protais Church to myself. This day was no exception until this fancy guy strolled by. It's called Rue Des Barres and there is a wonderful half-timbered building on the corner.

24 comments:

  1. A great B&W photograph James.
    Costas

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  2. You have so captured the atmosphere of Paris in one shot, James! Terrific B&W! I love it! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  3. Ineteresting: In France, we had a president called François Mitterand; He always was wearing a hat and a scarf, like your guy. When he died, a movie was made about him, called "le promeneur solitaire" (the lonely walker).At first sight, I was thinking you had made a kind of tribute to him...

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  4. enjoying this series of pictures very much. thanks for sharing your look into Paris.

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  5. I can almost hear his footfalls on the stones. Wonderful picture in black and white.
    Is he checking his text messages? Haha!
    ☼ Sunny

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  6. You've taken so many fantastic photos on your trip. Your b&w's are always amazing! This one is no exception...

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  7. Wonderful photo. Seems mobile devices are attached to all people of a certain age.

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  8. Right, Malyss said it.

    But then that was before smartphones.

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  9. Gorgeous and elegant! Beautiful shot James!

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  10. Look like from an old movie, great picture in b/w!
    Wish you a nice week:-)

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  11. What a beautiful shot James! There is so much to look at and enjoy. The low angle, the patterns on the street, the closeness of the old buildings, and the rich darkly clothed guy with his hat, engrossed in the matter at hand...

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  12. Excellent ! A slice of modern life in an ancient setting...

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  13. I like this shot; I guess it was digital but it's also one that really lends itself to 35mm film and an old camera, maybe an old folding 35mm with the old lenses giving just that hint of softness to the image and grain from the old film. Ah, I've gone all misty eyed; where's my old Leica?

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  14. Magnificent capture James, this picture reminds me those elegant posters that we use to see in libraries!
    Léia :)

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  15. Now this is a typical scene I would associate w/ over there... it's just beautiful, the cobblestone, the old buildings, & a fancy dude walking thru the middle of it... LoL! just kidding, but I really do love the b&w & the cobblestone & the old buildings... Ok, I love it all!
    Forgive me, I know I rant... =)

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  16. A great monochrome shot James. Also, your title shot of the tower is totally fantastic. I just love the way you have treated it.

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  17. this is such an brilliant capture. Your black and white conversion is so good...I really like this!

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  18. What great atmophere in this photo. Really nice b&w!

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  19. Oops almost forgot to ask. Someone told me you have a Tamron 18-270 F/3.5-6.3 lens. If this is true I was wondering what you thought of it? I'm contemplating buying it.

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  20. This has such a classic look! It could be one of the great photographers from the past . . . or the future.

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  21. Timeless... EXCEPT for the guy texting... and that places it very much in the NOW. :-D

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  22. He may have come over from the world of the black and white.

    The image of a human being that you catch.
    It always tells his heart beating to me.

    Thank you.
    ruma

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  23. Yes, that half-timbered house is (if «Louis» correctly recalls) is one of only two or three remaining in Paris. It was built in the 14th century. Deemed fire hazards, most of them were destroyed in Haussmann's renovation of Paris under Napoléon III.

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