Why Choose When You Can Have Both ?

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    December 8th, 2007 - Paris, France

    I was trudging along in the rain behind Notre-Dame on Saturday, trying to hide my frustration at the lack of real photo opportunities behind a feigned interest in gargoyles when the friend I was with, who as a general rule finds my obession with street photography unhealthy, not to say unethical, said to me in the most matter-of-fact way, "Did you see that woman we just passed ? She was wearing different coloured shoes - it would have made a great photograph."

    I barely had time to glance around before the woman in question disappeared into the crowd behind me, but it was long enough to see that indeed the potential for a great shot was there.

    I walked on, my frustration doubled, trying to work out whether my friend's remark was a coded encouragement, all the more welcome for being so unexpected, to indulge my passion for once. As lightheartedly as I could manage I repeated her words. "Yes, it would have made a great photograph."

    No response.

    We walked on further, as the rain became increasingly heavy. We stopped beneath the awning of a souvenir store and looked absentmindedly at postcards. The missed opportunity continued to eat away at me.

    Eventually, I could contain myself no more. I turned to my friend. "I have to go and get a picture of her. Wait for me here," I blurted, turning to run before she could reply.

    By the time I caught up with her, the woman with the unmatching shoes - a fashion statement, or an unwitting witness to her colour-blindness ? - was almost the other side of Notre-Dame. But I caught her, and I took several shots as discreetly as I could. This is the clearest one of her shoes. You can see the whole outfit here. Trust me, it's worth it.

    This photograph has been blogged on the rather fabulous This Is Star.

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    1. 1994SS [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      Haha! What a story. Great shot tho.
      The odd colored shoes makes it all the more interesting.
      Judging from the umbrella I'd say it was choice not color blindness.
      Not into street photography myself (ethical reasons) but this one is tastefully done. Good result.

    2. Emmanuel Smague 77 months ago | reply

      Hé hé..., excellent work my friend!! :)

    3. saint magenta 77 months ago | reply

      yay! Christmas colours!

    4. the-singing-photographer 76 months ago | reply

      Please add your terrific tootsie photo to:

      Your photo is wonderful!!!
      After adding your pic to our group, please tag your pic "artsy-fartsy-feet" Thanks!

    5. the-singing-photographer 76 months ago | reply

      Whimsical and fun!
      I saw your photo at

      I think your photo is wonderful!!!
      Please tag your pic "artsy-fartsy-feet" Thanks!

    6. marya* 74 months ago | reply

      the story made me laugh...it's like I could see the whole scene :))
      great shot, applause for your perseverance in taking the pic and one for the woman that gave you the chance!

    7. TheMusicGirl 71 months ago | reply

      your wounderfull journey to capture her feet melted my heart.
      This Is Screaming To Be Rated!!

      Please Add This Too 'Rate Me!!'

    8. ♥ nikabarbo ♥ 70 months ago | reply

      Oi! Sou administradora de um grupo chamado Pés.Feet.Pies.Piedi.Füße.Voeten.ноги e nós adoraríamos ter seus pés adicionados ao nosso grupo! Obrigada !!!!

    9. EJP Photo 70 months ago | reply

      lol - great!

    10. cessna152towser 66 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture!
      (seen in Top-V)

    11. mhobl 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Just walking, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. ʎssǝɾ 57 months ago | reply

      really really cool street shot!

    13. marinaraa 56 months ago | reply

      love this!!! great shot!

    14. Gagosha 48 months ago | reply

      good eye for details :)

    15. taildraggin 26 months ago | reply

      Port and starboard.


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