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July 27, 2010

Seeking Romance in Paris

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 7:56 am

Seeking Romance copyright Douglas Stockdale 2010

While walking through Parc St-Cloud I found myself wondering, did Eugene Atget have a sense of humor? Was there something very French and subtle in his photographs that could have been a sly joke, but one that would have been mostly understood by those in the Parisian cafe’s?  I know that while reading Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote of La Mancha (El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), much like his contemporary Shakespeare, there are some fine subtles that those living in the 1600’s would readily comprehend and find extremely humorous, but for non-Spanish and non-1600 citizens, it takes some digging to extract the gems that lay hidden within the pages.

I am sure that the dour appearing Atget probably had a wink or two to share, but can we find evidence of humor his photographs? Something to ponder while walking the streets of Paris.

Best regards, Douglas

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