Friday, July 15, 2011

Un Bon Soldat


The uniforms of the French military are quite elegant for the 14 juillet, and it was a wonderful opportunity to photograph many individuals as well as the "regiments." As this soldier walked past me to join his battalion, I requested a photo. He nodded agreement and I quickly snapped.

I imagine maman would be proud to see her son in his fine uniform.


Le Quatorze Juillet
2008

24 comments:

beau gosse said...

I love their historic and elegant garb! Thanks for sharing your memory, Genie!!!!! =)

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what a great capture, Genie! And such a handsome young man! I'm quite sure Maman would be proud and delighted to see her son in such a spiffy uniform! You do get great, fun shots!! I'm glad you share them! Have a great day and a wonderful weekend, mon amie!

Hugs
Sylvia

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

He is spectacular!!!

Oh yes Maman will be so very proud - I do hope she was there to see him on parade.

Wishing you a happy realxed weekend mon amie.

Shane
ps I've just skyped my French family and they had the lantern procession and fireworks in their village on the 13th - the eve of Bastile Day!

Malyss said...

He is from the SPAHIs of Valence! Their special coat is coming from the times when Morocco was french. And you can see the sheriffian star (or Morocco star)on his uniform.
Yes, there's a proud mom somewhere!

Leenamarketta said...

Very handsome. Nice shot.

biebkriebels said...

Yes he looks very perfect. Funny way to wear a cape.

Birdman said...

Neat portrait.

Shell Sherree said...

It still takes me back as to how young some of these men in uniform look. A lovely moment, Genie ~ I hope his maman sees this.

dive said...

Très chic!
I like the way you've captured his elegant uniform in front of a fashion shop.

M said...

Très élégant et débonnaire! Love the fancy cape -- reminiscent of bygone eras. Thank you, Malyss for identifying the regiment and history. It is quite interesting. Genie, you capture life so well!

Mikko Tyllinen said...

He have a realy great costume! beautiful!

brattcat said...

a good shot of a beautiful young man...i imagine he is looked up to by many.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Have you heard the saying "Every woman loves a man in uniform"? This is why! Be still my heart.

I feel another painting coming on!

Kate said...

A very cool young man...in the best sense of the word. Yes, women of all ages and nationalities fall easily for men in uniform, esp. young handsome men! Great capture.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Great shot Genie, you would have just had to click quickly as he passed, he looks quite pleased to have been asked, very handsome young man!

Halcyon said...

A "fancy" soldat!

Janey and Co. said...

Great pic. Love your "people" shots. I feel sure that most of us would be proud to have such a son!

Picturit said...

You have caught this soldier very nicely indeed. Great expression. Thanks for your recent comments on my post. The insect you referred to is actually a Leafhopper, I did not know this until I e-mailed my pic to my son who is a entomologist he gave my the description and all the latin names etc... I am lucky to have a source of info like him. Ha Ha

Virginia said...

Yes, he's looking quite dapper with his cape and all! :)
V

Montreal Photo Daily said...

Great catch! :)
That's some spiffy looking uniform but I can't help noticing the Louis Vuitton window in the background. Now, was this photo taken before or after your shopping there? Have a fun and relaxing weekend Genie.

Alexa said...

This is wonderful, Genie—thanks for asking, and thanks for sharing!

Gringo said...

I agree, such a striking photograph...

Jack said...

He is wearing mainly white with some red highlights, and you captured him in front of two mannequins with mainly white with some red highlights. It was meant to be!

Paula said...

What a striking portrait you've posted here, Genie. I'm curious, what kind of status does the military have in French society? Are they respected? Do guys -and gals? - join to escape their economic circumstances like so many do here?