Monday, April 23, 2012

Portrait in St. Denis



While walking the narrow streets of St. Denis, this gentleman popped out of the small restaurant and asked me to take his photo.  I think that he will be pleased when I return with a copy for him.

A camera always makes opportunities, most of which are good.


St. Denis (northern suburb of Paris)
Île de France


24 comments:

Malyss said...

I'd like to know how people react when you come back with a picture..

Riet said...

That is fun. He looks good on the photo so he will be pleased.
Have a nice day!

Joe said...

How wonderful that he asked you to photograph him. Please thank him from all of us. Perhaps you could provide him with a copy of the comments.

Merisi said...

Sweet! :-)

brattcat said...

you have us all smiling today. thank you.

Halcyon said...

Looks like a friendly fellow! I'm sure he'll love the photo. :)

Sylvia K said...

You do indeed have all of us smiling today, Genie! What a fun capture and I know he'll love it! Enjoy your day/evening, mon amie!

Hugs
Sylvia

Hana de Prague said...

Nice capture, Genie! The guy looks very nice and I´m sure he will be happy to see you again with the photo!
It happens me sometimes in Paris that the people ask me to take a picture of them but I never tried to come back with their photos - it´s a nice idea, I will do it next time!
Hana

Gail, northern California said...

He knows and enjoys a pretty lady when he sees one. Imagine his surprise when you return with a copy for him!

It brought back a fond memory. Here in northern California we have giant sequoia trees that are so large they've cut a hole for driving through one. It's fairly frustrating for tourists because naturally they can't drive and take a photograph. I offered to take a fellow's picture as he drove through, got his business card, then sent it to his office via e-mail. He was able to share his weekend outing with his co-workers...co-workers who were a little skeptical about his story of driving through a tree! ;-)

Kris said...

I think that it's wonderful you take a copy of the photos back to them. I imagine you have made many a friend doing this. So sweet of you, Genie!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

He certainly does seem to be very pleased with himself, no wonder, being photographed by a lovely lady, nice one Genie.

Harriet said...

What a nice warm, friendly face. He's going to love it.

TheChieftess said...

I love that he asked you to take his photo!!!

Mary said...

Now here's a big smile from me on a Monday morning! What a friendly, sweet man he must be! I also would like to hear his reaction when you gift him with a photo. What fun. :)

Alexa said...

Hope he works at the restaurant and didn't just happen to be there then, so you CAN give him a copy. I just love that he asked you to take his picture!

martinealison said...

Aux Philippines j'ai eu un cas similaire et je sais que ce fut un réel plaisir que de prendre la photo et j'imagine votre enthousiasme.
Belle capture.
Gros bisous

This is Belgium said...

Just what I was thinking and just what I posted a minute on Virginia's blog=
"Photography enhances worldwide friendships is the conclusion I arrive at today"

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Oh yes, he will be very very pleased when you return with his copy...I have actually never done this, but it does sound like the right thing to do :)

louciao said...

Sounds like a charming encounter, with a charming result. I like that it's in black and white. And that he's wearing a toque. And that you'll see him again.

Al said...

It's a very natural portrait, he should be pleased.

Randy said...

Great portrait.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Malyss, I have been returning photos for years and years. I have never been disappointed with the reaction, thinking that many of my subjects rarely see a photo of themselves.

I had been carrying a photo of the "piano man" who often plays on Pont St. Louis for almost two years. I saw him again, but had left the photo in the apartment.

On our last Sunday in Paris, I finally saw him on Rue Mouffetard at Place de la Contrescarpe. Actually, I delivered photos in four different locations that day - Bingo!

So, I will add this photo to those I will carry back to Paris. This gentleman either works at this café or is a regular on this narrow street so close to the Basilica. Stay tuned...

Bises,
Genie

Oh, you can see the "piano man" here http://parisandbeyond-genie.blogspot.com/2011/04/piano-man.html

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Gail, I love that story and what a wonderful memory you presented him. Those trees are unbelievable!

Bises,
G

Kate said...

Friendships made through encounters such as this are always so much fun and satisfying. A good example of the quality of short-term relationships!