Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Clay make up

Place du palais des papes, AvignonThe Avignon theatre festival is over but street performances aimed at visiting tourists continue around Popes palace square. I enjoyed watching this guy working on his clay make up in a corner of the square.

Le festival est terminé mais les spectacles de rue destiné aux touristes de l'été continuent autour de la place du palais des papes. Je me suis régalée à admirer cet acteur (une statue immobile ?) travailler sur son maquillage d'argile dans un coin de la place.
After a short while (hardly 45 seconds) he grew really annoyed with my photos and pulled a face at me. Sorry for being a nuisance sir, and thanks to you, you made my day ! (I obviously wouldn't have been so insistent with anyone else but I believe that for a street performer, being photographed is part of the job, don't you ?).

Au bout d'un moment (à peine 45 secondes) il s'est agacé de mes photos et m'a tiré une grimace. Désolée de vous avoir importuné Monsieur et merci , vous m'avez fait rire ! (Je n'aurais jamais osé importuner qui que ce soit d'autre par mes photos mais il me semble que quand on fait un spectacle de rue, être photographié fait partie du contrat, non ?

13 comments:

Steffe said...

Of course. I would probably have given the poor guy a very hard time. But I'm sure he secretly enjoyed the attention you gave him.

puddinglane said...

Yah! that's what I call grumpy! I mean you chose him to photograph. that clay looks really heavy - imagine having to wash it off at the end of the day.
~Dianne~

Bob Crowe said...

Interesting, unusual and a bit dismal all at the same time Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.

brigetoun said...

même si c'est lui qui la décidé c'est peut-être désagréable comme maquillage, et puis il s'était peut être engueulé avec sa bonne femme ou un ami, ou bien il rêve d'incarner le roi Lear

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Being photographed is indeed part of the the job for a street performer. Perhaps he was scowling at you because he wanted you to throw money into his bucket.

Nothing beats the skill at getting bystanders to drop money in the bucket of street performers than the performers at Venice Beach on Los Angeles. There are lots of them, and they are really talented. A guy covered in clay would not attract much attention, unless he were juggling chain saws.

claude said...

Tu as entièrement raison, pas sympa l'homme d'argile !

jeandler said...

Comme tous les hommes,
un homme d'argile
c'est fragile!

Mathilde said...

Je l'avais également pris en photo au début du festival, mais vu sa réaction (je l'ai trouvé fort antipathique) et bien vénale vu qu'il m'a réclamé de l'argent pour l'avoir photographié, je n'ai pas publié sa photo sur mon blog ! A le revoir, je ne le trouve pas plus sympathique, il m'a vraiment laissé une très mauvaise impression, même si comme toi j'ai été tenté par son maquillage à la boue !!!

Genie said...

The expression on his face is parfait! You can feel the intensity of the look in his eyes!

Great shot!

amaraentus said...

c'est magnifique chère Nathalie.Quel trésor cette photo. Mais je ne crois pas qu'il soit fâché contre toi, mais ca c'est son role ici- il est la boue de la vie alors il s'exprime comme cela a tout le monde et tout les choses. Je devine qu'il est content au fond de son coeur ha ha.

Personne ne peut être fàché contre toi Nathalie tu es trop magnifique.

belle journée magique encore.

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Nathalie, said,"I obviously wouldn't have been so insistent with anyone else but I believe that for a street performer, being photographed is part of the job, don't you?"
Oh! Oui,

Bonjour! Nathalie, for some unknown reason he reminds me of a French soldier...during either(W)orld war I or II...
Merci, for sharing such nice photographs too!
DeeDee ;-D

Jilly said...

Hmmmm...I've come up against this too, Nathalie. In fact I get people demanding money from me before they allow me to take a photo. The guy with the street organ and dog or cat on top is a case in point. You are right - he's there in the street and should be happy for you to take his photo. I reckon he got out of bed the wrong side that morning.

The fact that he's shown miserably brown clay perhaps speaks of his personality. Now if he were silver or gold, he's be bright and cheerful and happy!

Dina said...

Fascinating! He's like a walking pot.

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