Thursday, October 12, 2006

African Mum


In Paris you see quite a lot of Africans because France used to have many colonies in Africa and a lot of them speak French. I love the way African mothers carry their babies on their back and I also love the way they dress (you might have already seen this photo) and, on this particular shot, I like the contrast between her blue dress and the pavement.

40 comments:

  1. You gotta love the color of that dress!!! Good one, Eric!

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  2. I love the blue against the color of her skin. In our Chinatown (in San Francisco), you often see women carrying their kids this way...I don't know how they do it!

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  3. :)
    beautiful blue dress.
    nice shot!!

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  4. Because we were living in Africa when he is born, my son has been carried this way by his nanny for the first six month of his life. She would do everything during the day with the little one on her back. And I can tell you, he loved it -not that he can remember!- but he was so quite and peaceful...

    Love the blue too.

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  5. This is a beautiful photograph. It reminds me of riding the metro.

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  6. Super POV Eric. I love seeing her step and the baby's gazing to the right.
    -Kim

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  7. Nice picture. The baby doesn't look so confortable though... It seems he gets a little pressed against his mum's back.

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  8. Once again....amazing perspective and breath taking colour! The flash of red of her purse gives it even more kick. Where were you standing to get this point of view?

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  9. very nice colors..this blue is amazing. And the baby is cute..:)

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  10. I begin wonder if you like big black woman eric?

    http://parisdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2006/09/french-women-do-get-fat.html

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  11. Gypsy Canadienne quite right the red handbag gives a really nice contrast to the blue.

    If anybody is interested - I have a few photos of Belfast here: http://wind-sand-and-stars.blogspot.com/ Not a daily photo yet but who knows?

    Also if you want to know if god exists I have The Answer (c:

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  12. Wonderful shot. I love that bright blue with just a splash of red.

    I can't imagine any of the moms I know carrying a baby like that. They all need a huge stroller and a diaper bag twice the size of the baby!

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  13. I loove that photo. Those colours are great - skin and dress. When i was in Paris I really enjoyed looking at african women, how they dress. You don`t see something like that in Tallinn. In fact to see black people on the street is quite rare already. I like that Paris is so multicultural.

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  14. The color composition would make Gaugin want to paint up a storm. The textures are delightful. The touch of red warms the blues and "granite".

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  15. Just to let you know, I finally figured out the process using Picasa 2 again. Problem is that I still don't know what I did wrong but Johnnysarc has a new blog photo at last.

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  16. Wonderful picture! I have seen the "tie up" process and it is a site to behold the way the baby is placed on the back (not falling off) then the cloth is wrapped securely around him and tied. As "BV" mentioned earlier, babies seem to be totally at peace carried in this fashion as I have never seen one cry when on Mom's back.

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  17. I wish someone would carry me around like that. I could get more sleep that way! I'm always amazed at how they tie these straps on and that no babies fall...as far as I know at least!

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  18. You got a problem with big Black women, François?

    Don't go there, buddy!

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  19. Yeah François : on your knees ! apologize for your silly, unresponsible joke ! Internet is no place for tendancious humor !!!

    And don't make fun at Eric's taste for jews, gays, frenchies or people wearing glasses, for I'll be therrrrrrrre !

    ;o))

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  20. I love this series of photos. The Parisdailyphoto site is now part of my everyday existence. Please check out my blog, Johnnysarc. You'll see strictly amateur photos taken by a true lover of Paris and environs. Eric's photos are tres interesante pour moi.

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  21. Beautiful BLUE! I wish I could wear that colour. I love that particular shade of blue but it looks horrid on me.

    I was never brave enough to strap my babies onto me like that either. I know that millions of women do that every day, but I was always afraid to try. It is a lot friendlier for the baby than a pushchair or stroller.

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  22. buzzgirl - Get a grip (and a sense of humor)

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  23. dr.a...who was talking to you? get a life!

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  24. Oh my! The tension is so thick you could cut it with a bone saw!!!

    Eric, fantastic photo, truly!

    Michael, try hiring a big man with huge muscles. Then you could get carried around like that anytime you want!

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  25. Uhhh Buzzgirl don't worry, GG was kidding, I'm sure.

    Gypsy Canadienne, I was at my window, quite simply...

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  26. :)...oh good...I wondered if you had wings! Superb! We are a very multicultural nation here in Canada but I have never seen a baby carried in such a manner. Probably because le bebe would be tres froid!

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  27. Um, I wasn't worried...I was kidding.

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  28. Oh, I don't think anyone was worried, but it is funny how this powerful, lovely woman, is not so different in body type from the "French woman who does get fat". I suspect the latter, proud as she is of her useful and steady job, was saddled with a uniform that simply doesn't fit her body type.

    The lovely women - and men - from West and North Africa, who walk like royalty although they often still do menial jobs, are among the great treasures of Paris. I've always stayed in the Northeast and East. In Barbès, Château-Rouge, Place des Fêtes, finding lovely products for my kinky hair - (Buzzgirl, one grandfather of mine was from Trinidad - most people would call me "white" (of a Mediterranean tinge) but there is that definite nap).

    Gypsy, Aboriginal (Amerindien and Inuit) children in Canada are carried just like the French baby of African parentage - but often UNDER the parent's clothes, or in a nice, warm scarf. The babies are very happy to be carried that way, and it is very soothing for them.

    I love this picture and am sending it to friends!

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  29. I adore the baby's little sock foot nestled under his mamma's arm. So intimate, yet so practical.

    Lovely shot Eric.

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  30. I sorry - just makeing fun. A really pretty picture eric and nice people here.

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  31. buzzgirl - Once again I say - Get a grip (and a sense of humor)

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  32. Buzzgirl- I bet I know what the "a" stands for in Dr. A.

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  33. OK - let's all gang up against the outsider - it would seem only regular posters are allowed to make fun. At least I've got a life and don't cry about it on my blog.

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  34. I carried both my babies like that.. it was not so common ten & 8 years ago, but there was an almost instant bond when I'd see other parents with babies strapped to them.
    Personally, I don't understand the whole stroller thing. I always felt more at ease wearing my baby.
    it is a sort of "have baby will travel" thing...

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