At The Capitole (Part 2)

The thing I like about shooting street, as well as getting the shots, is taking the time to observe people.

Although you see different clothes styles, and especially hair styles, a lot of behaviour is the same as the UK. Wherever you go in the modern world people have a phone in their hand, but it is fun looking for different behaviours, and how visitors react differently to the environment than locals.

Just watching gives me almost as much pleasure as taking the shots.


This lady doesn’t look at all happy. I don’t know any more than is in the shot as I was only passing at the time.

So sad in the sun
So sad in the sun

Somebody else not looking happy, but this wasn’t the feel of Toulouse, especially at the Capitole. That may have been that the majority of people were tourists, but maybe the City made you feel happy.

Not looking happy
Not looking happy

I watched this girl walk across the square with this guy and one of the dogs. He sat down on one of the stones whilst she set up the camera on the Gorillapod, (just ordered one of them for the EM5), to either shoot or video the dog. The guy though seemed more intersted in his phone, and another dog cam sniffing around, so I didn’t see her get any results before I left.

Shooting the Dog
Shooting the Dog

I thought this was a nice shot of an attractive woman without any distractions a nice small shadow showing we were near the early afternoon, but what I really found fascinating was that everybody seemed to be walking away. I don’t usually have that effect on people, although I know there are a few who would beg to differ!

All walking away
All walking away

Although there were loads of stone benches to sit on the youngsters seemed to like sitting here.

What I hadn’t pointed out was that although people were standing on firm ground on the square it was actually the roof of the Car Park below. I haven’t seen Car Parks like this in the UK, we always have those monstrous carbuncles of concrete they call multi-storeys and destroy the look and feel of towns, although they are all over Europe.

The first time I saw one was over 30 years ago whilst driving through a town in Northern France. I didn’t know they had underground Car Parks. I was riding my Suzuki motorcycle and all of a sudden I saw this car about 50 meters away disappear into the ground. I was stunned, I didn’t know what had happened. I turned my head to look again and almost crashed into a different car coming out of the ground. What!

The reason the seating was so precarious was that they were sitting above the entrance to the Car Park and if they fell back they would have landed on a car entering the Car Park or onto the ramp.

Don't lean back
Don’t lean back

I was wondering if this lady wanted a seat. She had waddled across the square, and when she stopped was resting her hand on her bump.

I think I'm starting
I think I’m starting

It crossed my mind if the little girl was being lazy or the mother was reliving her childhood. Either way it is a quick way to get around with a child in tow. I think it also a great bonding time, and the little girl would be very confident with Mum steering.

Carrying a passenger
Carrying a passenger

You are always seeing people walking around with guitars on their backs and I smiled to myself as I watched this guy wheeling his Double Bass across the square, and wondered if he ever wished he played the guitar instead of the Double Bass!

A Big Guitar
A Big Guitar?

Luckily we only had one day of rain. It wasn’t really heavy but lasted most of the day. Still able to get lots of shots though as people still wanted to see the sights.

Protection from the Heavens
Protection from the Heavens

I thought I would finish this post with the little girl on the scooter as I had started it with that. I couldn’t choose between the two as I thought they were very different. The shot at the top showing the girl alone in such a huge expanse, and this one with the little boy who looks like he’s escaped to freedom.

Freedom
Freedom

2 thoughts on “At The Capitole (Part 2)

  1. Martin Forde

    Some great shots Wayne and its sounds like you had a great time. As for which shot of the little girl on the scooter, I very much like the top one. Like you, I agree it shows the girl alone in such a huge expanse of space, but for me, theres more, another story. For me it also shows maybe, the reality of every day life. Among the hustle and bustle of all the tourist and visitors at the Capitole, this little girl has been sent to the shop, to buy some shopping her mum or dad has forgotten – the plastic bag. She seems to be very focussed, confident, in a rush to get home as quick as she can, oblivious to her surroundings and all the tourists, as if this is normal, as if she has done this many times before.

    Just a thought, but still a great picture.

  2. Martin you told me you have no imagination. If I had posted what you wrote about the girl, people would have believed it. I’m glad the image stirred that in you, as I think you have hit the nail on the head of what I was trying to get over and the feeling it gave me, but you have added more background.

    Let’s see some more stories on other images mate! 🙂

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