Category Archives: People

People Photography… Paris

My favorite subject of all time – People!

And where’s the best place to scout for them than in one of the most visited cities in the world….

Note:  I added my own captions to give each photo a story.

 

 

 

Man: Post it right away on Facebook!
Woman: But there’s no signal here!


Woman: Oh I am the happiest woman on earth this moment, honey! Thanks for bringing me to Paris….


Man: Paris is more romantic with a drizzle.  And this umbrella makes us closer to each other..


Baby: Mom, this is unfair. I can only see stuff going backward..(caption supplied by JKS)

Woman: We’ve waited forty years before our Eiffel Tower pose dream came true…
Man: But there goes our retirement money!

 


Girl: Let’s go to Louis Vuitton next, okay? (judging by the branded shopping bag on the bench)


Girl in blue: I’ll be the next! I’d like to send it to my ex…hoping that we kiss and make up!


Woman: Honey, will you love me forever?


Boy: This is the perfect place to do  people-watching! Tourists or Parisians, this is where they come shopping!
Girl: Is it okay to hang around here? Won’t the gendarmes shoo us away?
Boy: No problem! they are more on the lookout for suspicious characters. Jewelry-robbery in broad daylight is rampant here!


Hmmm…. that’s a good posing idea for Facebook!


Tourists vs Parisians


iPhone or Samsung? And the better shot goes to..


Levitating man:  “Don’t get too close to me, little girl. I might fall … then they will find out that I am sitting on a protruding metal plate….”

Man whispering to himself:  Great! I’ll be on the Business headline of South Korean Daily tomorrow!


Huh! no more battery! what the !?*&µ!!!

Lady far left:  (This is not working!  He still prefers looking at other women!)

Woman: Oopppsss… your lips are smudged with my lipstick. You look funny there! We can’t post that on Facebook! Let’s try again…

On the trip back to the south of France, the papparazza strikes again!

 

Did I ever tell you that I don’t leave the house without a camera in tow? Because if I don’t lug one, I always end up regretting it! Each day comes with a multitude of scenes around me that i won’t want to let them pass me by without recording it – not in my memory anyway as I don’t trust it, but through my camera.

As Shakespeare said in “As you like it” – the world is a stage. And I am not satisfied with me alone as the audience. I want to share this stage with all of you out there. Better than watching telenovela, I will take you travelling with me in my photos!

The day started with a train trip back to the south of France.

 

The ever so stunning coastal scenery of the French Riviera

Boats – the toys of the moneyed


Finally arrived in Nice.
As I had to wait for H arriving in in four hours, I thought of basking in the sun and take photos of the beach scenes

It was a lovely day
..people sunbathing and some others, unable to resist the call of the waves

Some learning how to skate for the first time…


American tourists dressing less than the locals


The modern-day begging technique!

American tourists dressing less than the locals

Tourism is big business here


Meanwhile, at the Flower Market, the outdoor restaurants are still busy at 2pm

And the seafood-in-charge has his hands full of orders

Walking towards the Town Hall, I noticed a big crowd congregating outside the Mayor’s office.

Of course, it’s Saturday! The day of weddings in France. There were several wedding couples waiting for their turn to be married.
This is one couple surrounded by their friends and kins.

Here is another one. This bride seems to be anxious. Can’t blame her. It’s her big day!

This couple has just finished with the ceremony and now having their photos taken.

Next scene: a bigger crowd – people of all ages – are getting very excited with the new water feature recently installed by the town!


The children are having the time of their young lives being able to frolic in the water without their parents saying “Don’t!”

And this young teenager can’t seem to get enough of it!

There’s also the water vapor feature that puts children somewhat in a trance…


Oh well, much as I enjoyed watching all these, it was time to go to the train station and continue my wait there.

This is a tram plying along Avenue Jean Medicin.

 

Along the way, I thought of walking through a shopping mall quickly to photo scout for window displays.
This chandelier caught my eye…

 

People-Watching: Menton, Cote d’Azur

I wrote on my last post about the gearbox-smashing incident we had with the van that put H and me a bit rattled, fortunately, it happened in Menton on a beautiful sunny day so we had a chance to de-shock and de-stress by quickly exploring the town and sunbathing on the beach.

Here is my photo story. Enjoy!


Because Menton enjoys one of the longest sunny days in Europe and being one of the most beautiful resorts in the French Riviera, tourists come almost all year round.  You can tell that this lady is a tourist guide by the brightly coloured umbrella she’s holding despite the beautiful blue sky!


Trying to compare the painting with the real!

A trick I have been seeing lately all over!

These type of rat-dogs are not only easier to take around, they also take less maintenance!

The Lemon Festival to which Menton is famous for, was ongoing that time, so street concerts abound in every corner.  Even me, while photographing the dancing audience cannot help but shake with the beat!

When the music being played is one that you used to adore when you were younger, naturally, it brings back happy youthful memories!

In Menton, open-air restaurants like this one line up the sea promenade, something that the doves, eternally in search of food, truly enjoy…

Ahh… family!  Thank goodness for a place like this….

 

That attracts people of all ages!

– even great for discussing business –

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And here are some sea quotes to ponder – 

“It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy.”
– Amy Dykens

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea–whether it is to sail or to watch it–we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy

The Fascinating World of London’s Men in Suits

I have this deep fascination of the business suit, not the clothes per se, but the wearer within, and when they come in droves, in an almost stampeding fashion – particularly in London’s financial district – then my crazed shutter finger is at its all time high!

The City’s rush hour scenario – the hasty flow of humanity going to their workplace in the morning, the frenzied speed to get out of their building at lunchtime, and the hurried marching toward the tube station, or to the pub, in the afternoon are what makes a great subject for people-watching and rush-hour photography (if there is already a term for that!)

Enough said, here are my takes on London’s men in suits.  Enjoy the pictures!

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8am, Devonshire row, day 1

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8 am, Devonshire row, day 2

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12:30pm, Borough market

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12:17pm, Fishmonger’s Hall Wharf (below London Bridge)

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12:15pm, Leadenhall market

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12:18pm, Leadenhall market

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12:20pm, Leadenhall market

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12:20pm, Leadenhall market

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12:21pm, Leadenhall market

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12:22pm, Leadenhall market

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12:57pm, Fenchurch avenue

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12:58pm, Lloyds of London, Fenchurch Avenue

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5:43pm, Devonshire row, Friday afternoon

“Thank God it’s Friday”…..these urban professionals seem to be singing, and come rain or shine, they have to close off the long work week with a soak  in the pub!

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6:16pm, Friday, Hay’s Galleria

It was a rainy late afternoon and these yuppies decided to play boule in the covered court instead of braving the rain to home.