Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Another Day, Another Demo


This while wandering down the ethereal canal St. Martin, one of the trendy/chic parts of Paris which sprouted out of an old working class area, and still inhabited by its fair share of 'clochards' (homeless).

Just round the corner from République, a traditional rallying point, it's not surprising to come across a demo like this. In this case someone told me it was the National Front, or maybe against the National Front, I'm really not sure, but they were vociferous, you have to give them that, whatever they were shouting about...

The rather scary CRS, the bulldogs of the security forces, were out in force having a good old time, and it has to be said that the poor NF dears were completely hedged in by ranks of the boys in black - no nonsense to be had there.

I chopped the top of this shot to make it more intense - I think by lowering the 'ceiling', as it were, it becomes more intense and claustrophobic - less space for people to move in, echoing the hemming in of the demonstrators by the CRS. I didn't want to chop the red flag though, or the other banner, which gives the sense of place and occasion.

The two cops striding, the blurred car, the bustle of the crowd and the harsh treatment of the colours add to the tension.

Don't you think?


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7 comments:

Dorothee said...

You sure did a very good job. The colors and the blurred effect are quite intense indeed. I like very much the distorted faces and banners.

anidem said...

Wast this yesterday in the storm?? This really looks scary...so glad I decided to stay home!

Paris Set Me Free said...

Yes, I think it was yesterday during some bad weather, but not a storm as such. It is quite a menacing image and I think the blur helps give that feeling. Thanks for commenting!

Lezard said...

I really like the picture, it gives indeed a good feedback of what one could feel should one be in the middle of it.

Paris Set Me Free said...

Yep, it's kinda scary isn't it. I'm glad I was on this side of it, with a telephoto lens to boot. I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to trouble...

Anonymous said...

Great shot. As always ;)

==Alaska

maitresse said...

feels very very close. really wonderful.

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