Rejuvenating in Paris • Se ressourcer aux Batignolles – street portrait / portrait de rue

April 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Rejuvenating in Paris – Se ressourcer aux BatignollesRejuvenating in Paris – Se ressourcer aux Batignolles

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A quick hop in Paris gave me a chance to go back to the place where I learnt to walk, and where my mum would play with me: the Batignolles park. Many locals were enjoying the warm Sunday afternoon. The tender and bright acacia leaves seemed to form a halo of freshness and serenity above the young woman resting on the bench. Like a fountain of life in the  middle of the urban environment.

Un bref passage à Paris m’a donné l’occasion de retourner à l’endroit où j’ai appris à marcher, et où, petit, ma mère m’emmenait jouer : le square des Batignolles. Des habitants du quartier y profitaient de la douceur de ce dimanche après-midi de printemps. Les feuilles tendres et lumineuses de l’acacia semblaient former un nuage de fraicheur et de sérénité au-dessus de la jeune fille qui se reposait sur le banc. Une fontaine de vie au milieu de l’environnement urbain.

 

Incidentally, as I was "scouting the scene" looking for a better shot, I applied a key principle I learnt from Gregory Heisler, one of my main photography masters. Greg often challenges himself to be more creative by "looking for the opposite image" : if you are shooting with a long lens, what would it look like with a short lens; if you are shooting from above, what would it look like from below? Using hard light? What about soft light ... etc. In this instance, I just went to the opposite side of the bench - the reverse angle. As you can see, the perspective is dramatically different. Still a relatively nice picture (I think) – but just a Spring snapshot – the magic is gone... Same subject, same moment – two opposite angles for two radically different outcomes... What do you think? you can tell me in the comments.

A propos, alors que j'arpentais le terrain à la recherche d'une meilleure photo, j'ai appliqué un des principes fondamentaux de Gregory Heisler, un de mes maitres en photographie. Pour stimuler sa créativité, Greg se met quasi systématiquement au défi de "trouver l'image opposée" : si l'on "shoote" au grand angle, que donnerait un téléobjectif ? Si on "shoote" de dessus, pourquoi pas de dessous ? En lumière dure ? Essayons une lumière douce... etc. Ici, je suis juste passé de l'autre coté du banc, pour chercher le contrechamp. Comme vous pouvez le voir, la perspective est radicalement différente. L'image reste plutôt agréable (je pense) mais c'est juste un instantanné de printemps... la magie a disparu... Le même sujet, au même moment – deux angles opposés, deux résultats radicalement différents. Qu'en pensez-vous ? Vous pouvez me dire en commentaire.

2017-04 (Apr.) - Paris - Square des Batignolles - 012

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