Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Baby Cradler

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~ Baby Cradler ~

Baby Cradler, originally uploaded by Paris Set Me Free.
BONUS: For Street Photography Fans!


A woman cradles a baby on a windy Paris street corner. She's been there for as long as I can remember. From time to time strange shadows pass her by, neither stopping nor showing the slightest sign of recognition or acknowledgement that she even exists.

She holds the baby still. The occasional bicycle light, photographers and skateboarders skulk by but she remains impassive, immobile. A witness of the ages, half-harboured but desperately alone.

Does she find comfort, I wonder, in her proximity and view onto the Gothic Saint-Séverin? Never did a church seem so crypogenically clad to these eyes, but to hers? After all, they've spent what seems like aeons together, separated by a simple street. Rue Boutebrie; Rue de la Parcheminerie; Rue des Prêtres Saint-Séverin... could you wish for a more authentic sounding corner for our lost lady to have set up station?

Séverin himself is supposed to have been a hermit who prayed on this spot a looonng time ago. He got a church for his efforts. This lady has a baby. And a sign below her recommending we watch out for children. She's been doing that for centuries.

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