Thursday, June 10, 2010

The girl in the Bistro(t)


I called this photo "the girl in the bistrot" as it reminded me of the kind of photos you can actually find in old catalogs from the 40's or 50's with a title that does not really add to the photo! I did take it in a bistrot - which name I don't remember anymore... - in the 19th arrondissement while I was taking this Willy Ronis tour I will definitely tell you more by the end of the week now (enough suspense!). I really liked the atmosphere.

20 comments:

  1. It has an unselfconscious feel about it. Really lovely in the black and white, and a great tilt, Eric. :)

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  2. Eric, I really like this photo, with all the old movie star photos hanging on the wall. Very unique.

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  3. And that extra nice Tenin Twist! :)

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  4. Hello there! I've been lurking since about February, but have just now decided to comment for the first time. I like this picture because it looks like it could have been taken in the thirties, it has an art deco feel to it.

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  5. It’s hard to tell what she looks like but I notice that Clark can’t seem to take his eyes off her.

    Obviously it is a place to see and be seen.

    I like the almost yin-yang black and white with bits of contrasting shades found within the predominant opposites.

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  6. Really atmospheric! I like that the girl is facing away, more mysterious. Black & white choice is perfect. Yes Clark is getting a good look! hehe

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  7. Is that a 'bistrot' or a 'bistro'? Are both spellings interchangeable?

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  8. Yes Photolicious, I was asking me the same question : with or without a T at Bistro? I'm for a T in French. :) This photo is intriguing : what was she doing? Was she speaking to someone or was she alone? I can't see it in the picture. I'm writing these words inside a sort of bistro next to my townhall. I've escaped myself from my office for I was getting too bored and needed to move. And that's wonderful Paris at lunch time. Next to my table here are 4 people - 4 nice young women who are talking in English. That's fun! I'm waiting for my salad and eating very good bread in the while ! Plus thinking of you Pdp. Thinking outside the box... :) that's it ! my yummy salad has just come. Love.

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  9. I do love a good black and white photo, and this is definitely a good one. Love the tilt and the pictures within the picture.

    (btw, I see Alfred Hitchcock on the wall with a bird. Does that movie end peacefully? Someone taped it for us a long time ago and left off the last 5 minutes, so I've never seen the ending!)

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  10. The B&W makes this very interesting and full of character.

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  11. I like this photo with it's wall of photos. Clark can't take his eyes off the girl and I can't take my eyes off Clark! The blonde in the photo to the left looks like Monroe, but I can't be sure. Misfits, anyone?

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  12. Christie -- yes, The Birds has a peaceful ending.
    Eric -- It looks like you got a few good shots while you were on that tour! Am looking forward to hear more about it. Love the angle here, and the b&w (I'll bet most of the photos on the wall are b&w too.)

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  13. "The Birds" has a peaceful ending...yes, I suppose you could call it that, in a Shakespearean sense!

    Because of the screaming children on the plane flying home, I watched two movies. However, the flight was approaching our destination and the second movie, "Sherlock Holmes", just shut down before I saw then end. I hate it when that happens! I'll need to watch for it on cable tv. Meanwhile, I'll watch girls in bistrots. I haven't seen the end of that, either!

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  14. oops my mistake. There is no "t" at the end of Bistro... You must all know it comes from Russian and means "quick".

    Well at least that is what the story says...

    FYI Flore, the girl was alone. Talking to no one.

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  15. Thank you Eric for answering me. I go sometim rd
    To tell the truth I was pretty reluctant going alone into a bistro a few years ago, when younger, but now I really enjoy doing it now!
    Like I did yesterday while I was waiting for my turn at the townhall offices to get my new car papers well donr;....

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  16. A Willy Ronis tour sounds interesting - he's one of my humanistic Paris photographer heros. Maybe one day people will be looking at our photos with the same impression as his... but I doubt it!

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  17. A reflection of the present on the pictures on the wall as the mysterious girl is a reflection of the "now" and the"past!" A provocative image!

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