Friday, 27 August 2010

Paris and I ~ 'Dead or Alive'

iPhone Photo Chronicles
~ Dead Or Alive ~

Dead or Alive, originally uploaded by Paris Set Me Free.

The Paris railway stations are probably the best example of where the different realities of the city come closest - uncomfortably close for some.

Those very same places which are nothing more than places to pass through for most are virtually home to others, providing them with a measure of warmth, shelter, and some sense of being part of society.

What you can't see I'm this picture is the invisible social protection barrier around this guy, which extends out from him in all direction for about two metres.

Just watch people going past him for a few minutes and you'll see how effective it is. Much as the baguette munching, commuting crowd would love to stop and chat with him, they're unable to make it past his defences. They even have to swerve away from him sometimes to avoid bumping into it. Impressive.

(A Paris iPhone street photograph by Sab Will for the 'Paris and I' photo blog)

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