Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Portrait with radishes

Portrait of a farmer behind a mountain of radishes (3 bunches for 2 euros). I'm very happy with both portraits and found myself unable to choose between the two. Can you tell me which one you prefer and why?

Portrait paysan derrière une montagne de radis (2 euros les trois bottes). Je suis très contente de ces portraits mais je n'ai pas sû choisir entre les deux. Pouvez-vous me dire lequel vous préférez et pourquoi ?

25 comments:

Sharon said...

I like the second one best. I like seeing his face as he admires the crop which by the way, would be great on a salad tonight.

M.Benaut said...

Naturellement, le deuxième est le meilleur.
Le fermier a juste vu une jolie fille.

Virginia said...

Oh we ate so many radishes in France last summer. Wonderful. I like the composition here with the gentleman in the background! Very nice.
V

Owen said...

I wonder if my carrots would like to meet up with your radishes ???

I agree with the others here above, I like the second one, where the expression on his face is visible, and I love the way the radishes take up three quarters of the surface... beautiful shot... !

Bonsai Teacher said...

Hate to be different but I like the first one for two reasons:
1. Good use of negative space, the sky.
2. I feel like the man's face is competing with the radishes to be the center of attention.

Jeff from California

booksandacupofcoffee said...

Can you tell me which one you prefer and why?

Bonjour! Nathalie,
I think that both photographs are nice...It is really difficult for me to choose between the two. Therefore, I would just say that I like both of your photographs. (The colours)

Merci de partager!
DeeDee ;-D

Chri said...

Je préfère le premier à cause de la ligne montante à droite des radis!
Comme s'ils avaient englouti le maraicher!

Davine said...

I think they are both great photos - thanks for sharing them.

AmyR said...

I like the first photo best; I like the portrait profile better than the full face...

Adam said...

Definitely the first. It leaves more to the imagination.

In English that type of radish is known as a French breakfast radish. But do the French really eat them for breakfast??

Avignon said...

Les deux se valent ! Même si j'opterai pour la seconde... comme la majorité des commentateurs.
En fait, sur les deux photos, j'aurais voulu en voir une avec le visage net et les radis flous. Pour comparer.

Nathalie said...

Adam, no! I've never seen anyone have radishes for breakfast! It must be one of the amazing misunderstandings between our two people! :-)

Nathalie said...

Adam - on that subject I heard a joke that made me laugh today on France Inter (French radio station http://sites.radiofrance.fr/franceinter/em/fouduroi/
): it said of one of our ministers that he was one our most English-loving politicians - in fact he loved the English just like a pedophile loves children.

The relationship between the English and the French is a weird one.

mum said...

moi je préfère le premier portrait où le paysan est de profil et légèrement flou en fait pour moi l'important ce st les radis du premier plan qui comptent car ce sont eux qui attirent le regard et attisent la curiosité.. donc pour moi PORTRAIT DE RADIS tout simplement on s'en fiche à la limite du paysan ! bien qu'il fasse pousser de très beaux légumes !

Adam said...

Nathalie - that is a very strange comment! I wonder where this name originates from though? Presumably a long time ago someone must have seen a French person chomping on one of these radishes for their petit déjeuner. Anyway, before I came to France, a radish was just a small round thing, and very hot!

Thérèse said...

Nathalie, pourquoi as-tu coupé la queue du radis en bas à droite?
Une blague bien sur...
De jeunes radis à la croque en sel: miam miam.

Ian said...

Excellent Nathalie,
Je pense que je préfère noir et blanc avec contraste.
tu dois essayer!!Ils seraient plus dramatiques.
I like the colour also.So whatever pleases you.
Bravo.

claude said...

J'aime assez la seconde. J'aime bien le com de qui tu sais.
Dans mon jardin aussi la terre se réchauffe, j'ai eu deux trois fraises dans mon potager, sans doute des maras des bois too.

Zuleme said...

I grow these radishes and we love them, not for breakfast though.
I'd go with the first one, the radishes are the center of attention.

jeff said...

La deuxième est incontestablement la meilleure ! ! !...
Mais que de radis ! ! !

Bises,
Jeff

Emm said...

I like the second one best. I think it gives a greater depth of field and draws you first to the man and then to the sky.

HereBeDragons said...

Looks absolutely delicious!
While I like the profile shot above, I like that his face isn't partially blocked in the 2nd one. Combine those benefits, and I could choose a favorite!

Bergson said...

le premier car dans la deuxième la tête du radis du haut est coupée
Bon j'amène le beurre et un peu de fleur de sel

Christiane Cardinal said...

A prime abord j'aimais mieux la deuxième. J'ai lu les commentaires.
Je peux comprendre ceux qui ont choisi la première mais mon choix reste la deuxième. Sur la première, l'homme pourrait être là par hasard. Pour moi les 2 sujets se nuisent. Sur la deuxième, on sent que l'homme est drôlement concerné. On sent la profondeur de la ligne dans la botte de radis et on sent la profondeur dans les yeux de l'homme. très belle photo.J'aime bien ce genre d'interaction.

Kim said...

I like the spaces defined by your composition in the top shot best, but I can sure see why you found it difficult to choose between the two shots. I love that the farmer is looking at you in the second shot. Both are super. The darkness of his shirt and face in the second shot focuses my attention there, while the top shot keeps the radishes as the subject and the man in a supporting role. There is also a bit more blue sky to contrast with the red radishes in the top shot. JMHO of course.

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