The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise

The Lady In The Frame


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.

lady in redRue Mouffetard, Paris, April 2014.


17 thoughts on “The Lady In The Frame

  1. I love what you have done with this photo – it really makes the viewer focus on the woman and her red boots.


  2. 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?


    • 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.


  3. 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 !!! 🙂


  4. 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.