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Absence | by Xavier Mazellier
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I definitively love this place : "Miroir d'eau" (Water Mirror in English), in Bordeaux, France.. Besides, you can see more photos I took of this place in the "Bordeaux" set...


When a photographer, or a tourist, comes in Bordeaux, he always takes a photo of this place… and the problem of that is that there are so many photos of the “Miroir d’eau” (a thin film of water on the floor, make great reflection effects, and sometimes produces a mist) with children playing with water, with the reflection of the opposite “Place de la Bourse”, of the sky, etc… that makes it hard to take a creative photo here.


After an evening shooting here, I decided to go back home as the light getting rare at sunset, with no interesting pictures… But just before leaving, I saw this woman, standing here, a bit lost, staring into space, just when the mist comes up from the water mirror, and surprisingly, all the crowd who likes staying here just left at this particular moment…


This woman was here, for sure, but on this photo the contrast was so intense between the colors of the sunset and the black women underexposed make an impression of emptiness. It seems that someone cuts with scissors the silhouette of this woman… Despite, we still can see some detail of the face, and legs.

That’s why I called this one “Absence” , a melancholic reminiscence of a close person…

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Taken on July 23, 2008