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Paris: Nell a faim

By andreduplessis
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After ordering a coffee at a cafe opposite the Hotel de Ville next to the Seine, I noticed this child and her mother at the far end of the bar counter. The mom was nonchalantly standing with her back turned away from the little one (Nell), and fully immersed in a newspaper, while Nell was quite happily munching away on her baugette. This indifference struck be as both odd and humurous, and yet confident. Mom was very happy for me to shoot some frames. I don't know about the reader, but I felt that this image conveys a dated feel, and the small-town diners in the mid-west springs to mind. I personally really like this one. I hope that you do as well. Thanks, Andre

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people Child eating

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Comments


27 Oct 2008 2:04AM
good photo, like the grey tones a d how the light falls over the little girl.

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NevP Plus
10 853 13 Canada
27 Oct 2008 2:34AM
I like this very much, nice light creates a lovely mood, terrific composition.
very beautiful. Perhaps it's the combination of the rather rudimentary setting, and the girl's looks lacking typical modern day characteristics that gives the photo a timeless look and takes it away from the family album shot. beautiful tonality. seems a bit oversharpened on my workscreen, but perhaps it's just this screen.
27 Oct 2008 3:22AM
Thanks Koen. Maybe it is not your screen. I still battle with sharpening, and eye-ball the stages, with that last little JPG tweak for epz. I find the preparation for printing, and the above, still Greek. Thanks for your comments. The wall behind her is a textured red, which I knew will assist in the composition as a bare backdrop.
VIKI Plus
9 18 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 6:21AM
I absolutely love this.
User_Removed 9 2.1k 7 England
27 Oct 2008 6:31AM
Bl**dy hell Andre, you seem to get better and better. You said you only had 2 from your trip, that's 3....... This one is stunning and my favourite of your so far. I too thought it had an older feel to it. I love everything about it. She seems so relaxed and peaceful. Great great shot.
funkeldink Plus
12 1.6k 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 7:22AM
fab work
jenquest 13 561 1 Tokelau
27 Oct 2008 7:45AM
A very gritty feel. I immediately got the feeling of the Great Depression in the US.
27 Oct 2008 9:51AM
Perfect! Excellent composition!
Gaucho Plus
14 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 9:52AM
Very good work. This is a wonderful photograph.
Malcolm
27 Oct 2008 9:56AM
Thanks for the coments. I think that this one needed a very thin white border. Becomes a little lost against the black background that I picked from the epz options. Regards, Andre
27 Oct 2008 10:13AM
... this is amazing ... I lvoe the feel of it, like you said ... very dated and it takes you back to an era which seemed so much simpler than today. Nicely done.
Lesley
funkeldink Plus
12 1.6k 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 10:40AM
knew this was a winner ... congrats ..well deserved EC
27 Oct 2008 11:41AM
Hey! My 1st EC! Thank you Peter. Regards, Andre
Great in B&W. Timeless image. A photo with a soul. JNC
27 Oct 2008 12:22PM
That's a stunning photo - great story too. Love the lighting and the treatment well done on your ec!
Loads of atmosphere in this.

Michael
ading 12 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 1:34PM
Great light and love the mood here. Cheers, Abdul
POOCHIE Plus
9 21 6 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 3:58PM
Just a gorgeous shot plain a simple as that.

Pooch.
mhaseman 8 608 1
27 Oct 2008 5:25PM
Brilliant shot. Just brilliant.
peg Plus
8 1 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 7:28PM
All been said. Well done!
kitsch 10 439 4 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 8:34PM
oh yessss......
superb shot & enhanced by the narrative

congrats
Jo
Possum Plus
9 148 England
27 Oct 2008 9:08PM
Timeless, innocent and just gorgeous - well done on your EC Smile
Allie
AnneWorner Plus
8 620 43 United States
27 Oct 2008 9:45PM
A very timeless shot. I like her gaze and placement in the frame.
Anne
27 Oct 2008 10:43PM
Brilliant lighting, just awesome!. Well done!
Rolan
27 Oct 2008 10:47PM
awesome
27 Oct 2008 10:52PM
This has been my best day on EPZ. Thank you to all who have visited and left their comments. Most members seem to agree on the 'feeling' of the photo. I am glad, for this time my 'pre-shutter' expectations came true. Which is not often the case. Message of the day: Carry your camera at all times. I shall invest in a little point-and-shoot, as some unexpected situations only beg to be captured, never mind the hardware or pixel count. This time I was lucky. Regards, Andre
28 Oct 2008 7:39PM
Fab picture , well done

DougSmile
Yes this is gorgeous - it captures Nell so well!...I'm her aunt!!...is there a way I can buy this picture?
29 Oct 2008 11:21PM
Dear Jo! So unnusual to see such a comment! Thanks for getting in touch, and I am sure that getting Nell's pic over to you will be no problem. If you reside in Paris please ask her mom for the larger files that I emailed earlier today. They can be printed large. If not, still speak to her mom, who shall then contact me by email, and we will arrange something. Regards, Andre
29 Oct 2008 11:38PM
Sorry Claire - called you Jo for some silly reason!!!
patri 12 3 Italy
30 Oct 2008 4:43PM
This is a great portrait, love it so much, a well deserved EC!!
Patrizia
6 Nov 2008 5:57PM
One of my favorites. Like the feel and mood.
7 Nov 2008 2:13AM
Thanks! It was one of those 'drop your coffee cup' moments. Just knew this will work and HAD to get this. So lucky that mom was agreeable. Would have spoiled my day if she refused.
Syren 9 47 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 2:12PM
I love this, she is totally gorgeous and seems so "unfazed" by the camera.
Cracking stuff!
irone 10 4
23 Dec 2008 6:45AM
nice kid portrait .....
hell boet. jou werk is goed>>>>>>
rob
18 Feb 2009 10:16PM
beautiful i love she is very beautiful.
WillieH 10 2 Scotland
29 Mar 2009 10:40PM
Fantastic image its quite superb, well done.


Kind Regards Willie

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