Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Yaseen





I made these portraits of artist Yaseen in Paris November, 2015. Martha and I noticed his artwork taped along the wrought iron fence that encloses a small garden and playground on the side of the St. Germain de Près church. We found several pieces that we wanted to buy, but there was no one around to give us a price.  We stepped inside the garden for photos and as well were leaving Martha spotted Yaseen walking down the sidewalk, recognizing him from a newspaper article hanging with his work. He spoke some English and we walked back into the side entrance so he could sign our work. He looked so familiar to me and I finally placed him. I asked, "Do you knowMeredith Mullins?" With an amused look, he said, "Of course." I told that I was a friend of hers and had bought her book, In A Paris Moment, in 2008. She includes a striking portrait of him in the book, as well as sharing that they had been friends for over 10 years. A very special Paris moment for me as well.

6 comments:

Joe said...

What a thrill to meet him V and such a nice portrait photograph.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh my! Isn't he just the epitome of what an artist should look like, wonderful portraits Virginia.

William Kendall said...

Both shots of him are outstanding portraits.

Stuart said...

Fabulous portraits. And now when Meredith asks him, " and do you know Virginia Jones?", he will look amused and say "of course".

Peter Olson said...

Wonderful encounter! Fabulous photos!!

Alexa said...

Wonderful story and great shots, V. And so much better than the photos I took of him (I now know) from the 95 bus as it passed the St. Germain church one day last July (!).