Sunday, 24 October 2010

Paris and I ~ 'Now You See It'

iPhone Photo Chronicles
~ Now You See It ~

Now You See It, originally uploaded by Paris Set Me Free.

This guy was one of several experts preaching to a not necessarily converted audience of end-of-the-afternoon shoppers in the Les Halles commercial centre in central Paris on Saturday.

The theme was, surprise surprise, respect for the environment, and 'attractions' included a giant roulette wheel, some as-you-watch painting demos, and this portly chap, who seems to be enthralling at least one young visitor in this picture.

The strange thing was, although he seemed not to be speaking very loudly, and the topic of his discourse was somewhat opaque, everyone who walked past and noticed him suddenly stopped in their tracks with their jaws open. Indeed, wherever you were, he seemed to be looking straight at you, and his eyes followed you unnervingly as you moved across the floor. Look at the photo again and imagine he has just looked YOU with his troubling gaze.

The problem is, you see, he isn't actually there, although he's moving and talking just like a real human being... Need to know more?

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

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