We often capture strangers in photos we take in public. Open your photo library, and stop at the first picture that features a person you don’t know. Now tell the story of that person.
I don’t really take photos of people at all, especially people I don’t know. I’m a huge fan of Robert Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson & Co, but I always try and keep people out of my street scenes. Some places really need the people though, because they are the scene. I try not to focus on individuals. I usually use a telephoto lense, so I’m not in anyone’s face.
This street, Rue Mouffetard in Paris is quite well known. It’s always crowded day or night, plenty of tourists, plenty of locals. When I’m there I always get a few shots. This time, I had my little Ixus camera with me. I’d forgotten it was on ‘colour pic’ an amusing filter that you can program to record a single colour. These kind of special tricks can be very effective if used sparingly. They’re utterly tedious otherwise.
I like the splash of colour from the lady’s red boots, bag and top. I don’t recall noticing them at the time, but it’s a colourful and noisy place.
There’s a story there. Does she know the man with the backpack just ahead of her? Is she a tourist? A Stylish local? Is that an Akubra hat? Australian perhaps?
I’ll never know.
I wasn’t going to respond to this prompt, but it’s about photography, so I got drawn in. As requested, I opened up a photo folder. There were good memories of a place I enjoy visiting. And then there was the lady in red, striding out of the photo, enjoying the sun and the sights and sounds of Paris.
Rue Mouffetard, Paris, April 2014.
August 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm
I love what you have done with this photo – it really makes the viewer focus on the woman and her red boots.
August 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm
Thanks, the camera did the trick because I didnt realise I had the feature on. I’ve cropped it slightly, but not by much.
August 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm
August 6, 2014 at 11:46 am
August 6, 2014 at 5:20 am
Very effective. I’ve been wandering from blog to blog posted here, very disappointed that most didn’t even try to follow the prompt. I think this was a very fun prompt and so glad you took it to heart. I love your photo and had never heard of this feature…It reminds me of the holocaust film that was totally in black and white except for the little girl in the red coat in the mass grave. Very effective. (Mind is gone, cannot remember the name of the Steven Spielberg film..) Good work, Drifter! Or was it play?
August 6, 2014 at 11:50 am
Definitely play! I dont like the off topic spammers who hog the top of the list. Some of those posts are looking very familiar! I like the idea of fresh posts, so everything I do, apart from the Frank story, is done on the spot.
August 6, 2014 at 10:37 am
Terrific, Peter ! I know I’ve seen rue Mouffetarde’s sign, but I can’t remember where it is. I shall have to look it up on Michelin ! – how super to have a reason !!! 🙂
August 6, 2014 at 11:51 am
Worth a visit. We found a great restaurant/wine bar that’s too daggy for tourists. It’s a bit Brigadoon, but it’s alxays there.
August 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm
Do you happen to know if it perchance contains a place called ‘The Navigator’ …?
August 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm
This one? http://www.restaurant-navigator.com/ Looks pretty good, noted for next time. Mouffetard is up beyond the Sorbonne.
August 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm
Hé oui, c’est ça exactement ! rue Galande alors … It does remind me visually of rue Mouffetard.
Up near the Sorbonne ! – that’s why I think I’ve been there; as my eldest sister did her PhD through the Sorbonne (and her Masters, earlier), Stringer and I wandered all around that area. We were staying at a delightfully kitsch little place nearby:
August 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm
Hotel noted too. I know this really good researcher who’s very interested in this kind of information 😉
August 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm
You do, eh ? Well tell your researcher that I do recommend that little place – honestly. If I were ever to come across your researcher I would say the same … But then, our travel website is full of stuff like that, you know …
August 6, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Will read more on your site. I often wish said researcher could bring Otto with her. He’d love the idea of dogs being welcome in restaurants…
August 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm
And he’s doing so well, eh ? – but it was fairly fraught for the researcher, the poor bugger. One of the disadvantages of living in that beautiful place …
August 7, 2014 at 1:06 am
Great composition. I like what you did with the ‘woman in red.’ The color caused my eyes to go straight to her, there wasn’t a doubt as to which person’s story you were telling. Loved this. Thanks for sharing.
August 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Wouldnt have found it if not for the prompt!