Photographer's Note

The sun had been shining over Paris last week end, creating nice long shadows in the afternoon. I then played with them shooting in the streets around my house. I also realized I live right in the movie quarter of Paris very near to its historical cinema "Le Grand Rex" and the famous "Cinematheque" which inspired a few french film directing names.

Rather than expanding on Paris sidewalks and its world famous dog poop (Look closely you may notice some species in the shot. For people who've never been to Paris yet : rule #1 is "Don't eat things picked up from the sidewalk"), I'd use these street shots to commemorate the french film noir.

Except in very few american movies (may be some of Welles'), I've seldom seen these bleak shadows or gloomy atmospheres, characteristic of Duvivier, Renoir or Carné or other french director that filmed the "poetic realism" before WWII, this gave the french film noir landmark just after the war.

These two images are full of tricks :
- Can you imagine that I shot these images in strong day light, with shutter speed like 1/1000s, while i'm trying to sell them to you as bleak night shots. I'm in fact using a popular movie technique called in french the "american night".
- I was waiting for passersbys to walk through my frame, the two shots are taken exactly from the same point, I didn't move more than 20cm, one of the image (the second one) has been rotated by 180°.
- To get a better reading and more tension, I applied an horizontal symetry to the whole scene : initially the guy "fleeing" to the upper right was going towards the left side.
- To enhance the gloomy feeling, I modified the color balance towards a cold blue color.

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