while queuing to witness a film of the international history film festival of Pessac which takes place every year in November (subject of the event: India and China), I was attracted by bookseller in front of a film poster (see title of the post). They seem to read the book above his shoulders.
About the film, see WIKIPEDIA extract: The novel, written by Dai Sijie, is about two teenagers. Luo, "a genius for storytelling", and an unnamed narrator, "a fine musician" are sent to be re-educated after the Chinese Cultural Revolution. They are sent to a mountain called "Phoenix of the Sky" near Tibet, because their doctor parents have been declared enemies of the state and "reactionaries of the bourgeoisie" by the Communist state. There, while forced to work in the coal mines and with the rice crop, they are captivated by and fall in love with the daughter of the local tailor, the Little Seamstress. Throughout the novel, the farming village of Phoenix of the Sky delights in the storytelling of the two teenagers. They even are excused from work for a few days to see films at Yong Jing, a nearby town, and later relate the story to the townspeople. At the same time, they meet Four-Eyes, the son of a prominent poet, who also is being re-educated. Although he is succeeding in re-education, he is also hiding French, Russian, and English novels that are forbidden by Chinese law. The boys convince Four-Eyes to lend them the book, Ursule Mirouët by Honoré de Balzac. After Luo stays up all night reading the book, he gives the book to the narrator and leaves the village in order to tell it to the Little Seamstress, "the region's reigning beauty" that both characters are attracted to, and the narrator becomes "completely wrapped up in the French story". When Luo returns, he is carrying leaves from the tree that he and the former virgin, the Little Seamstress, had sex under.
Low light, ISO 800, still 1/10s speed hand held, with NIKON liveview mode in order not to be detected!!!
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rigoletto (34269) 2013-11-27 9:44
hi claude. this is GREAT! what a smart find and quick wit to capture this moment! the poster figures are indeed trying to read his book! refreshing and original! compliments.
yquem46 (38750) 2013-11-27 9:47
Super çà !
Bien dans la ligne des images détectées par ton oeil de lynx
Bien vu, bien fait
Giustiniani (3550) 2013-11-27 14:42
bien vu, drôle et bien pris. Une photo excellente!
saw, funny and well photographed. A great photo!
nikkitta (16476) 2013-11-27 17:57
J ai lu le livre dans un cours de francais , superbe capture où il semble que tout le monde se intéressé a ce qui lit le vendeur
Moi aussi j aime les films d orient, plus les chinois
Bravo pour apprécier mon video de NY, un peu comme ta capture, J'étais entouré par des publicités en vidéo, alors j ai fait une avec toutes!
jjcordier (78388) 2013-11-27 23:38
un certain regard.....c'est le tien qui sait dénicher et associer les éléments pour obtenir ces compositions intéressantes.
willperrett (8017) 2013-11-28 1:08
I need to see this film: I've heard of it, but have missed it. Great photograph, with your usual eye for a telling and funny story. And again as usual, the monochrome treatment is appropriate and concentrates our eyes on form and composition.
I've been looking at Buxton as a potential venue. How does that sound?
olive224 (2719) 2013-11-28 4:32
C'est ta spécialité et tu es incomparable dans cette discipline de la photo "sur le vif"
Le résultat est spectaculaire, et seul les débutants peuvent penser que ce style de photo est facile à réaliser
Kofman (2360) 2013-11-28 5:05
Il se passe beaucoup des choses à Pessac...
En tout cas, ce livre "Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise" est magnifique et le film, fait en suite aussi.
La photo est très bien de même.
fabbs99 (16815) 2013-11-28 20:36
Nice shot in the monochrome with the Movie poster in the BG and the bookseller in the front.Great illustration of this daily life moment in a subtle way.Keep sharing and posting your photographs and ideas.Very well done.TFS.
SnapRJW (31625) 2013-11-28 21:24
Hello Claude - Keen eyes have identified an interesting and effective juxtaposition of elements. I like the conversion to B&W. Your pursuit of perfect moment is something I need to keep my eyes on. Warm regards Rosemary
annjackman (20711) 2013-11-30 9:15
I can see what attracted you to this scene. A great juxtaposition of elements again and made more intriguing by the b/w treatment. I particularly like the central positioning of the bookseller and the way that you have framed the image.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: Claude SIMONIN (CLODO) (31711)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-11-19
- Categories: Festivals, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D 90, NIKKOR AF-S 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 G ED
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/10 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Adverts in real life [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-27 8:27