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M. Veredie. WW2 French resistance fighter

M. Veredie. WW2 French resistance fighter

WW2 French resistance fighter on his way to VE day commemorations 7th May 2008 in the village of St Martin de la Brasque, an enemy occupied village in the Luberon, Provence.



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Date: Sun May 18, 2008
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It is a nice portrait but it would have been nicer if you had taken some shots which would have fostered his personality, his features, his character, to get a more powerful portrait.
#1 Sun May 18, 2008 6:53pm

Carmen, it's remembrance day, he's on is way to a ceremony to commemorate the release of France from the German occupation. He fought for the resistance. You may be right but I think he has a lot to remember and I think this reflects that. Thanks for your comment. Cheers Mal
#2 Sun May 18, 2008 7:17pm

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Great photo, but I echo the sentiment that it might have paid to have him in a 'stronger' pose, reminiscent of the sense of Resistance, say. Unfortunately, you seem to have caught him at a 'dyspeptic' moment, and the weak pose is a tad mawkish. Then again, its not for me to presume that you had all day to just click and click and click - what are we in the Luberon for but vin rouge, lavande and baguettes! jOhN




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#3 Sun May 18, 2008 7:52pm

Thank you jOhN. I photographed this guy many times and while I appreciate your sentiment I don't think you fully understand his. Whole villages of ordinary people living their everyday lives were slaughtered in this area and I rather took the opinion that an Indiana Jones approach to this "mawkish" approach was not appropriate. Thanks to people like him we are able to enjoy our vin rouge, lavande and baguettes.
#4 Sun May 18, 2008 8:14pm

Interesting what people read into portraits. I find this old man's expression very moving - his face speaks volumes about the memories he carries with him. The sagging, ill-fitting jacket emphasizes the sadness that seems to envelop him. I find John's wish for a 'strong' pose in someone who's probably well into his 80's rather ambitious. Perhaps crop the right to get rid of the distracting (?)postbox. Jan
#5 Sun May 18, 2008 10:42pm

I am inclined to agree Jan. His pose echoes his age and the memories we can only imagine. Viv
#6 Sun May 18, 2008 11:05pm

Thank you Jan and Viv. He really was very full of life but this shot just seemed so poignant. Cheers, Mal
#7 Mon May 19, 2008 3:43pm

Very strong photo. Jan is right about the postbox, though.
Good colours, background douce, forground powerful
#8 Fri May 23, 2008 4:09pm

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