Photographer's Note

Paul McCartney sang the story of a fool on a hill.

Hamlet caused the death of his family and friends when he started seeing a ghost on the walls of his castle, ultimately losing even his kingdom.

And though she's certainly not a princess of Denmark, I caught this young woman resting calmly in the middle of a room of the museum of modern and contemporary art, on the 5th level of the centre Georges Pompidou. Around her, paintings by Modigliani or Soutine adorned the walls.

Was she so tired after roaming around the city she had to take a short nap near a few art pieces (cf. my next to last post)?
Did she imagine herself lying under a sun lamp, that she put on her sunglasses?
Did she dream of being a model for the artists of the "French school" during the first decades of the 20th century, as famous as Kiki de Montparnasse (while she was posing nude for Foujita, he told her: oh! shat's fine! You, funny beauty spoto! I shought flea! and added, closer to her pubis: Wondelful, you hab no clabs!)?
Did she prefer to muse on a modern tale of a handsome prince charming taking her on his stallion (or in his big red sport car, who knows!) before rushing towards the sunset?
Was she...?

The mystery lingers on.

Unfortunately, shooting from the hip was still too high, here. I should have crouched, thus managing to put the bench and the foot of the wall behind at the same level. But I was so afraid to wake her up and startle her that I reacted very quickly. A little too quickly, obviously... ;-)

Paris, April 1st, 8 pm (7:59... and 57 seconds, to be honest), following Aleksei's new photographic suggestion and keeping with my ongoing series on modern and contemporary art in the heart of the city (previous - next)

Lens distortion correction, (very) slight crop

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