This photo is part of my theme: The 24, dedicated to the 24 hours of Le Mans. In this series I want to show my love for this event by means of photos and notes. This is part III: The Crowd.
We're Le Mans fans, we're diehard
Do you think litter, mud and heavy rain can scare the Le Mans race fans away? Think again! We love racing and we shall watch the cars go by even if its our last 24 hours on planet Earth!
United we celebrate
This crowd is the best and they come from all over the world to celebrate endurance racing. The young, the old, men and woman, rich and pour, all colors and religions. This weekend we all come together to do Le Mans. This was my 5th time and I must admit it gets more crowded by the year and it's not easy to get your spot but you'll just have to wait, there is space for everybody.
24 hour friends
Walking around the circuit, everybody has a big smile on his/ her face! Positive atmosphere thruout. There is alcohol; lots of it, but its good alcohol. Nobody is out for trouble and everybody makes it Suntory time. In this international crowd you will get very cool inspiring conversations and you will leave the circuit a lot wiser. First you talk about the normal things: the cars, the teams, the pilots and the event. Than you exchange some of your personal BS and than... when it gets late, dark and a little colder... you'll get more and more tired. 1:00am... 2:00am... the conversation slows down but then you discuss the deeper meaning of life. Hahahaa, yes you go in depth with your new 24 hour friends and you will exchange what its all about while the cars go by. Whats better than that?
Another thing is when the race is over and every goes back home. The autostrada (what is the French word? :) from Le Mans to Paris becomes a Gumball redux. The first 15 gas stations are packed and all the Brits race home in their TVRs, Astons and Jags. I've never ever seen a crash along the way. Never. The Le Mans race fans know how to drive their car.
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euryan (8440) 2007-06-21 18:01
Interesting note Gilbert, I especially liked the part about the race home. This photo illustrates your message perfectly with these die-hard fans under the rain watching the race. Your composition is very good. Nice one.
DINOZOR (16400) 2007-06-22 7:34
Bravo de nous montrer un aspect de cette grande fête du sport auto que sont les 24h du Mans.Bonne photo d'ambiance.
Tout est bon, le cadrage vertical, la présence de bolides dans le champs, la pluie omniprésente et l'aspect humain grâce à ces deux là qui au milieu des détritus partagent un coin de parapluie qui deviendra dans leur souvenir un coin de paradis.
Silke (3027) 2007-06-22 9:30
ooooo -- that looks SO uncomfortable. These are very dedicated fans and your PoV, placing them alone in the foreground, really emphasizes that lonely dedication
maloutim (9639) 2007-07-05 1:11
A good compo realised from two poor people watching the 24 hours! I selected it, partly because it gives the exact mood of the weather we have had for two months now, and that doesn't seem ready to change yet!
The contrast between the background and foreground is quite impressive: Very neat and cheerful after all, where the race is taking place, and very drab, where these two people are watching the race under an umbrella and amongst litter. Well at least, they are keeping each other warm! That's the beauty of togetherness!
PS. " Autoroute " is the French word, " Motorway " the English word," Highway ", the American word.
- Copyright: Gilbert Sopakuwa (startacked) (1355)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-17
- Categories: Transportation, Event
- Camera: Pentax *ist DS, SMC Pentax-F 1:3.5-4.5 35-70mm
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The 24 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 17:32