Tribute to Camus

William Mason

Melbourne, Australia

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The photo shows a streetscape in Lourmarin, a village in the Luberon area of Provence. Albert Camus, the Nobel Prize winning author, lived here for several years until his death in 1960. He and his wife are buried in the small cemetery at the edge of the village. Last year, I was driving through the Luberon and decided to spend a few hours in Lourmarin. After visiting Camus’s grave and the local castle, I spent some time just walking around the village and absorbing the atmosphere of the place. I had recently purchased a digital camera and the photos I tool included several streetscapes. At the time, I had not noticed anything particularly special about these scenes; they just appeared to be fairly typical French streetscapes. Back in Australia, when I was going through my photos I noticed one that looked interesting. I cropped the photo down to a small section, enlarged this and the result is what you see here. I had no recollection of the figures in the photo when it was taken. Fortuitously, these figures were positioned between the bollards and there was no traffic in the street at the time. Later when I was thinking about this photo I made the connection with existentialism and Camus. Themes associated with existentialism include the absurd and boredom and these can be connected with the life-sized puppet/doll outside the shop and the young women sitting on the stone bench. I think Camus would have been amused with this photo.

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