Friday, February 12, 2010

100 French Strangers - Kiosque a Journaux

French Stranger # 58

I love this photo. Just so you know, after I bought my carnet of metro tickets, I asked this gentlemen if I could take his photograph. He just stood there, so I asked again, he never moved. From the look on his face, you'd think he was looking down the barrel of an Uzi , rather than down the lens of my Canon. Monsieur dire, "Fromage"! Merci!

17 comments:

Luis said...

Well spotted and executed...lots going on here...lots to get the attention.

Janet M Kincaid said...

*blink* *blink* *blink*

:-)

(Nice framing, by the way. Now move along, lady. There's nothing to photograph here!) ;-)

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee
It's amazing how much they pack into those little stands.

Did he at least blink when your Uzi, I mean camera, went off?
;-)

Shell Sherree said...

Hee hee, indeed! I imagine he's good at poker.

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

So many print media in French:)

I'm always longing to see the photos taken of strangers, I love them!

Daryl said...

What an amazing array of magazines, newspapers, postcards and souvenirs .. what no chewing gum or mints? No phone cards? I must get a shot of one of our NYC kiosks

Maya said...

Ha Ha! Great shot. Great story!

Virginia said...

For the record, I cropped this one a good bit to remove a shopper etc. I love the way he has almost become part of his surroundings.
V

Daryl,
No I don't think so but he did have the necessary Metro tickets. Fiddling with the machine in the Metro is a recipe for frustration!!!

♥ Eiffel Tower Suzy ♥ said...

I had to ask for help at the Metro Station. The person on duty happened to be training a new worker, so she assigned him to help the poor American lady! It was awkward, but we got through it together.

I had the same problem with the RER on my way back to CDG, but there was no one to turn to for help. I never did get a ticket bought. Rode for free that morning. Oh well!

This photo is a visual treat for the eyes! So much going on...and I see plenty of ET's!!!

♥ Eiffel Tower Suzy ♥ said...

I almost forgot to say - this is definitely your strangest stranger. I wonder, will the next one be even stranger?

TheChieftess said...

Definitely a strange stranger!!! I wonder what's going on in his mind???

Some Chilean Woman said...

I've been meaning to comment on your blog for a while but haven't. This has got to be one of my favorite photography blogs, I love the French Stranger idea and each story behind it. Congrats on such a lovely blog!

Starman said...

Can you believe after all the times I've been to Paris, it never occurred to me to buy métro tickets at the kiosques? Oye.

Virginia said...

Starman,
I don't think they all have them, maybe we can get someone with more expertise to comment on that. This was at the Palais Royal stop.

ET Suzy,
Good grief, how many hours have I spent fumbling in my change purse trying to get enough change to buy a ticket. FYI, the machines don't like most US credit cards for some reason and a lot of Metro stops don't have a person available to sell them. Like I said, a recipe for frustration!

SCW,
Thank you so very much! I'm glad you enjoy my blog and hope you will visit often. The French Strangers have been a little more of a challenge than the American ones, but no less fun!

Harriet said...

I just read in Rick Steves' book that the Metro ticket machines do NOT take US credit/debit cards. Virginia, now I'm nervous if you're telling me that many of the ticket windows are no longer manned.

Do the Metro ticket machines take cash??? Can you purchase a carnet of tickets in one of these machines?

Virginia said...

Harriet,
yes the machines take euros and I am certain you can purchase a carnet there. If you are going to be there a month, I think there's something else that might be more economical for you. Paris Visite? Oh don't depend on me for heaven's sake!! My prob with the machine is the darn COINS. I don't know them by size well enough and I'm always fumbling etc. I'm a mess! HA The best thing we did was try and buy carnets and not have to depend on the machines. Tabacs also sell them.

Alexa said...

It's a great photo. And I do admire the courage (French pronunciation, please) you muster to ask these folks if you may take their picture. The results are always worth it!