Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The other side of the Champs Elysees

Yesterday I showed you how the Champs Elysées was turned into a giant stadium to support the Paris bid for the Olympics, and today I am showing you another - and much less glamorous side of the avenue... I took this photo only a few days before yesterday's Olympics communion.


  1. What an amazing contrast between your two views of the Champs Elysées! This photograph is much more intimate and personal then any of the photographs in your other Champs Elysées post.

  2. Great photo. I love the fur coat and whiskey bottle. At least the guy is classy.

  3. La "plus belle avenue du monde" et des clochards... Un des sept pays les plus riches du monde et des SDF...
    Cherchez l'erreur :-(((

    (étonnant, non, y'a des sujets comme ça qui donnent pas envie de rigoler ou de s'enthousiasmer sur un cadrage ou des couleurs...)

  4. what a wonderful photos, wants me want to know the story before this particular moment of the fur coat and the whiskey bottle, with all its details.

  5. This image is very powerful. Sometimes we forget the people who are less fortunate, maybe those with only a whiskey bottle and a fur coat. I am not sure if this person is or is not in that situation. I know in the U.S. we tend to "clean" up the city when there is a major event. In DC during president Clinton's inauguration you couldn't find a single homeless person. They are there every other time but those aren't the images we want people to see. I appreciate this photo. Very humbling.

  6. je doute que ce soit une bouteille de whiskey...

  7. > Rock. Yes, that's why I published them one after the other. It's sad but I love the looks of this guy.

    > Isido, c'est vrai mais même dans le pays le plus riche du monde (Brunei?) il y a des gens désocialisés. Le niveau de vie ne règle pas tout.

    > Rhein. Yes, I agree, this photo demands more explanation (you won't have it though, I did not talk to the guy!)

    > Megan. here we do not "clean up" because the people who take care of homeless people say there is no use forcing them to go to shelters. But they can go anytime if they want to. The only exception is during the winter, if they see someone is dying because of the cold.

    > Jean-Michel, Michael. No I don't think it's a whiskey bottle either, but it's not very important, is it?