Running with Giants • Courir parmi les géants – New York, 1987 – street portrait / portrait de rue

October 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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This is one of my very first street portraits, on my first visit to New York City, in October 1987 (see the related “postcards”).

I was playing with the reflection of the World Trade Center twin towers in the flooded street, when I saw the jogger approaching… fast. Film was expensive for the student I was. I took only one shot, hoping to have captured “the decisive moment”. It turned out quite well…

Obviously, post 9/11 this portrait takes another dimension. For me it captures important aspects of New York's soul: dynamism, resilience, and… humanity coming on top.

I also like the fact it’s a subtle self-portrait, with my shadow in the lower right corner. Incidentally, I originally posted a monochrome version of the picture (below), as is typical of street portraits - but I then changed my mind - I think the color is fundamental to this portrait, to guide the eye...

Un de mes tout premiers portraits de rue, lors de ma première visite à New York en octobre 1987 (cf. mes « cartes postales » de cette visite).

Je jouais avec les réflexions des tours jumelles du World Trade Center dans la grande flaque de la rue quand j’ai vu le jogger approcher… à grande vitesse. La pellicule était chère pour l’étudiant que j’étais. Je n’ai pris qu’une seule photo, espérant trouver « l’instant décisif ». Je suis plutôt content du résultat…

Evidemment, après le 11 septembre ce portrait a pris une autre dimension. Pour moi il capte des aspects importants de l’âme de New York : son dynamisme, sa résilience, et que, quoi qu’il arrive, l’humanité prime.

J’aime bien aussi l’aspect « autoportrait », avec mon ombre en bas à droite. Initialement, j’ai publié une version monochrome de cette photo (ci-dessous) – ce qui est typique pour les portraits de rue – mais j’ai ensuite changé d’avis : la couleur est fondamentale dans ce portrait, pour guider le regard, mais aussi bien sur parce que le rouge et le bleu sont les couleurs patriotiques américaines…

Running with Giants • Courir parmi les géants – New YorkRunning with Giants • Courir parmi les géants – New York

More to come, stay tuned! / A suivre !


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