Thursday, August 11, 2011

Marché d'Aligre - le dimanche


In a busy, crowded market shoppers were buying everything from fish and seafood to fruits, nuts, and cheeses. Vegetables of bright colors were hawked competitively across the stalls.

One solitary man is buying flowers. I have more questions than answers.


Marché d'Aligre
Rue d'Aligre et Rue Beccaria

30 comments:

Pet said...

I've found your really interesting blog through Deborah Lawrenson's one.
It will be a pleasure to follow you around Paris.
I do write in my blog about my whereabouts too. The ones about France might interest you:
http://pencilandbox.blogspot.com/search/label/En%20Fran%C3%A7ais

dive said...

We older men buy a lot of flowers, Genie. Every single one of our other attractions has long since faded and a beautiful bunch of flowers helps to distract from that fact.

beau gosse said...

This shot brings to mind the mysterious flower man from "Under the Tuscan Sun", Genie! Thanks for the lovely image.

Bibi said...

One of your questions must be, "Who is he buying the flowers for?" Thought-provoking photo, and those white roses...wow.

brattcat said...

and now we do, too. thank you for this little teaser for our imaginations.

M said...

How do you keep a marriage happy for years and years??? Purchase all the items on the list AND surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers! That's my happy interpretation. Lovely photo and wonderful intrigue.

Irredento Urbanita said...

Sometimes the most difficult questions have simple answers. What a lovely photo. I used to give roses to my girlfriends.

Hugs

Valery

Barcelona Daily Photo

martinealison said...

Une belle saisie photographique... Une grande émotion se lit dans celle-ci!
C'est si beau un monsieur qui achète des fleurs...
gros bisous

The Little Dog Laughs said...

This photo gave me goosebumps. It is so lovely, a tall, masculine man, expression obscured, but obviously a bit sedated, a gathering of delicate roses in his hand. Yes, more questions than answers. You are so sweet ~ thank you for your compliment. Ah, yes, that commute. I've been doing it for six and a half years. Usually I listen to my French tapes or silence. Have a lovely day, dear Genie ~ xox Alexandra

Halcyon said...

We could write a story about him. :)

Starman said...

It appears some lucky wife is going to get flowers from her husband.

louciao said...

Beautifully captured and framed. I love the contrast between this bear of a man and the gentle way in which he holds the bouquet, as well as between the stern colours of his garb and the gay tones of the flowers. Cool that the place name is contained within the shot as well.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

And such exquisite flowers too Genie, the man has taste as well as mystery!!

Virginia said...

A bouquet for someone special I hope!
V

Kris said...

Genie,

I really have a hard time passing by flowers so beautifully displayed in galvanized buckets without wanting to buy a lovely bunch. I love the bright colors of different varieties so beautifully bundled and the French certainly know how to do that! I wonder who the lucky person is?

Kris

Malyss said...

A perfect subject for a writing class.. Why did he buy flowers?.. and why we , women, do we love so much to see a man buying flowers?..

Birdman said...

Buying flowers? He must be in trouble!

Fábio Martins said...

Day with flowers :)

Harriet said...

Your ability to capture such a wonderful photo without being noticed is remarkable. You know in France the type of flower and color signifies something...if only a French person could help us out with the meaning of white roses........

Loree said...

I too wonder who the flowers are for. It's a beautiful photo of a particular moment suspended in time.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Photos such as this are like assignments in writing classes so as a writer we can draw on one's imagination. I tend to panic when the teacher says you have 15 minutes to complete this assignment and then we'll take turns reading to the group.
Sam

Jack said...

I like flowers and my wife doesn't even notice them. So, when I buy flowers, the clerk invariably gives me a knowing smile and says something like "I am sure she will enjoy them." Hah. They are for me.

Randy said...

What a beautiful choice.

Richard Moisan said...

Un homme amoureux n'a pas d'âge...

Shell Sherree said...

I love it when I see men buying flowers and imagining who might be receiving them. I like to hope it's a serendipitous thing rather than a special occasion. There's something extra-lovely about giving flowers on a whim. It's a beautiful image, Genie.

JM said...

Great capture! I'm with you, what's the story behing this scene?

Chez Loulou said...

What a sweet photo!

Ninny said...

And not just any flowers...the flowers of love! He's a romantic. He's married to his sweetheart. He's taking them home to his wife for their anniversary. He's such a softie!

orvokki said...

Image indeed give a lot of questions. The whole essence of the man reflects on how he thinks about origins deep ..
:D

Gunn said...

He has chosen some very nice and stylish roses....
And I agree, we could have written a story about it....