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Those music playing fingers

Have you, ladies and gentlemen, caught something by the glimpse of the eye and the grenade exploded in your head…

The face of that woman down there… In the late afternoon light…

That face is listening to the music and obviously playing that music with the fingers…

Those fingers…! The skin…! The greasy hair…! The wrinkles…!
Her skin is dirty, her fingernails…
HER FINGERNAILS !!!

She is sitting there, in front of some elegant store glass doors… Flat on the concrete slabs of the sidewalk… Not even a newspaper spread underneath for an illusion of comfort…

In one of his Les Rougon-Macquart novels, Émile Zola described the painter (Cézanne ??? ) painfully trying to capture the essence of his female model.
He, upon seeing some woman's beauty able to captivate his mind – he pulls out his brushes, paints and canvases right on the spot, in the streets of Paris and, without any delay – start to sketch… With his head on fire…

Well… Nowadays we don’t carry the brushes and primers and canvases with us…
Nowadays we have … The cars !

And because of that - I had to run three blocks down the street to the parking lot, and ran back with the camera, trying to catch my breath…

"She is not there any longer…?
Oh, God…
Let her still be there"…!!!

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She was there…

Playing the music with her fingers… Totally absent from the crowd around…

First shot… Four f-stops underexposed (???)…
Second one… Someone’s fat arse blocked the view…
Third, fourth, fifth…
Dry, awful sound of my pre-historical camera…
The last frame of the film …!

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Eh, Émile… Émile…
It was so easy back then, in your times…


Dedicated for those who share my feelings…

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