18 February 2009

Place Captain Vincent - The Listener


Two older men in the medieval hill village of Roquebrune - one doing all the talking, the other patient, listening, considering what is being said. We all need a friend who listens.

Note the steep staircase leading to the upper floors - no wonder the old people are so fit.

23 comments:

brattcat said...

The listener is wearing a wedding band. Perhaps he has had many years of practice in listening. These are both beautiful photos.

Kate said...

brattcat's comments are pretty funny. I really enjoy the conversation photos. It conjures all kinds of possibilities for one's imagination. Great capture!

Olivier said...

la photo et le titre, les deux sont superbes. Surtout sur la deuxième photo

Nathalie said...

Another one of your wonderful portraits Jilly. You're so good at this you make me jealous.

Nathalie said...

And... I just had to laugh at Brattcat's comment!

Abe Lincoln said...

We should all do more walking but marketing, being what it is, comes up with things like television to keep our butts parked. A blog friend of mine was captured by the Japanese when she was a small girl and she and her mom survived. Now, she lives in her native Holland and she rides a bike to her place of business. The Dutch are famous for their bike riding. And she does it in rain or snow.

We no longer have steps here. Most Americans, like my wife of 53 years, would not let me buy a two-story house because she didn't want to climb stairs.

The photograph is excellent and the story line fits it perfectly. You are becoming something of a genius with pen and camera.

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln's Blog

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

I really love this photo. Your commentary goes perfectly with it and gives us all food for thought. this is really a great capture of humanity at its best.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Brattcat's comment is great. What do you think the listener's comment will be when his friend stops talking. Here's a couple of alternative guesses:

"You are a man. You do not need to be in touch with your feelings."

or

"Thanks for filling me in on what happened. I was listening to my wife talking, and I was not able to watch the game on TV lat night."

Virginia said...

The comments are grand today. HA I love both of these. I have an "old Frenchmen" fetish if you remember from my Paris photos so this thrilled me. The smaller photo is very interesting. What if you cropped out some of the foreground and tried BW? I love the photo and it might be fun to play with it. Just a great capture Jilly. One of my favorites!

Lessie said...

Wonderful photo. And it's true. We all need someone to listen at times. Your pic reminded me of this one:

http://www.yearoftheaardvark.com/2009/02/14/day-045-the-conversation/

B/c you love animals too, I thought you would get a kick out of it. :)

Radman said...

A true symbiotic relationship. One needs to talk and have someone listen. The other needs to hear and have someone talk. Perfect.

Jacob said...

That's such a great shot. And you can write your own story. I think the talker is telling the listener about how his son, the doctor, just won an award for microsurgery and may be nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Hey, that'll work.

Nancy said...

That's what I love about France. It seems people take the time for a conversation..

Love the pink wall.

Babooshka said...

Perfect. Simply perfect.

Bob Crowe said...

Okay, I'm back home, time to be making some comments again. Jilly, this is a brilliant double portrait. Charming interaction between the two men and perfectly composed. The color is fabulous - that pale pink wall against the light green jacket and tan slacks of the man on the right knocks me out. Excellent work.

Lynette said...

Jilly, I agree one hundred percent with the high praise bestowed on you by Abraham Lincoln. As with him, you are an inspiration.

maria said...

i would love to have a glass of wine with these messieurs and listen to the stories they could tell.

Arnaud said...

En regardant la photo, on s'imagine le monologue ponctué d'un accent du sud très prononcé !

Bibi said...

Beautiful pastels really make this photo stand out. EXCELLENT shot, which says a lot, even if we cannot hear their conversation....avec l'accent du Midi.

Juergen Kuehn said...

Takls are definitely better than TV.
A superb shot!
Juergen

Nathalie said...

I'm glad you're getting kudos for this photo Jilly. You deserve it.

lisasarsfield said...

Absolutely wonderful. Lovely life shot!

Catherine said...

A picture with atmosphere, here, I feel all the South soul. Speaking with gestures.

We always need a speaker and a listener to make a conversation. After that the time sharing depends on the personalities.

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