Thursday, 20 September 2012

Crazy Reflections

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~ Crazy Reflections ~

Crazy Reflections by Paris Set Me Free
Crazy Reflections, a photo by Paris Set Me Free on Flickr.

BONUS: For Street Photography Fans!

This prix fous (crazy prices) banner expired two weeks ago but there it is still. A sign of the desperate measures stores are having to go to these days to make threads meet.

It's surprising these days how often you find boutiques going out of business, having fermeture définitive (closing down) sales and moving on to be replaced by another short-lived enterprise.

There's even a fairly brisk trade in ephemeral residencies in once established business premises. Things like one-off stock clearances and new housing estate offices spring up and disappear in the blink of an eye.

Here we're on the Boulevard Saint Michel, which is stuffed with cheap clothing boutiques highly susceptible to the vicissitudes of the market. Nice jackets though. Are we talking 'plum' here? Difficult to tell after this overexposed night shot has done its thing.

The sales usually start after Christmas but I reckon the authorities are turning a blind eye these days to stores which are struggling simple to avoid going under. Maybe the festive season will see people emptying their pockets in an attempt to forget the hard times we're living. Or not. In which case maybe this banner will still be there in January... 2014!

P.S. I'm in the pic - how cool isn't that?!

And why not...
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