Carry on • Faire face – street portrait / portrait de rue

April 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Carry on •  Faire faceCarry on • Faire face

[Français ci-dessous]

The strength and determination I see in this person remind me of my mother, who passed away close to 20 years ago after having battled an illness doctors qualified “terminal”, but which she finally managed to survive for over 50 years… My mom’s absolute resoluteness and appreciation of life led her to always choose to see the positive in every situation, and to never complain. Her motto was to “be strong and… carry on” (in French, “Faire face”). Highly inspiring, but tough to live up to, especially growing up…

La force et la détermination que je vois en cette personne me rappellent ma mère, décédée il y a près de 20 ans après avoir combattu une maladie que les médecins considéraient en phase terminale – mais à laquelle elle a finalement réussi à survivre plus d’un demi-siècle... Son courage et son intransigeance avec elle-même lui faisaient apprécier chaque instant de la vie et trouver le positif dans toute situation, sans jamais se plaindre. Sa devise était « Faire face. ». Exemple à la fois inspirant et exigeant, voire parfois pesant, surtout quand on grandit…

 

How this portrait was made:

As I was pacing Grenoble (my home town in France) for a street art photo walk, I caught in the corner of my eye this amazing person across the street. She was actually moving fast, so I had to sprint to a position from which I could see her unobstructed, and directly face the beautiful Haussmannian building lining the street. I only had the chance get a couple shots before other people walked into the frame and she moved past the interesting background.

I love her attitude – face, step, arms, hands – reinforced by the shadow cast by the hard Spring sunlight and by the two leather bags loading her down.

I think the composition works well, with the building’s curves gently framing and echoing her own (back and hat).

 

Comment ce portrait a été fait :

Alors que je me promenais dans Grenoble à l’occasion d’une balade d’exploration de son « street art », j’ai aperçu cette personne extraordinaire de l’autre côté de la rue. Comme elle se déplaçait vite, j’ai du sprinter vers une position qui me permettait de la voir en entier, et de faire directement face au superbe immeuble haussmannien qui bordait la rue. Je n’ai eu la possibilité de prendre que quelques photos avant que d’autres personnes passent dans le cadre, et que mon sujet ne dépasse ce fond particulièrement approprié.

J’aime particulièrement son attitude – regard, pas, bras, mains – renforcée par l’ombre portée par le soleil printanier, et par les deux sacs de cuir qui la lestent.

Je pense que la composition fonctionne bien, avec les courbes de l’immeuble qui encadrent et font écho aux siennes (son dos et son chapeau en particulier).

 

More to come, stay tuned!  /  A suivre !


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