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A walk on the darkside with René Capitant by Rhoufi

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Paris Series

Down along Promenade René Capitant the night shadows take on ominous shapes and portents:

iron grilles become cell doors;
… steps descend into dungeons;
… …bright lights become the tools of the interrogator;
… … … and shadows hide our secret fears.

Another sombre mood from the margins of La Seine.

René Capitant (1901 – 1970) was a French, leftist, Gaullist, lawyer and politician.

“Images Unseen” music by Ralph Towner from the album “Diary”


paris, bw, noir, night, darkness, ren capitant, la seine

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerabout 3 years ago

    That just made it to the top of my “places to visit and take pictures” list:) Nicely seen and very appropriate verse, fits the mood to the T

  • You can say I had you in mind when I gave it the title, but if you do you’ll have to add an accent é to your name. When I go back (a certainty) these areas are going to become haunts. I would love to take a tripod for the difficult light, but it becomes too studied – it also slows you down when you have to run for your life ;-))))
    Thanks René

    – Rhoufi

  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerabout 3 years ago

    You could use the tripod as a defensive weapon:) I’m flattered:), no accentegue on my keyboard though

  • You’ll have one from me from now on ;-)

    – Rhoufi

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesabout 3 years ago

    Ooh so moody, love it my friend

  • Hi Ange, thank you. Funny thing was my mood was anything but gloomy, I was humming, but this shot just lent itself to a dark mood.

    – Rhoufi

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 3 years ago

    Beautifull dark place my friend !! Reminds me the book “Les Mystères de Paris” (1843) from Eugène Sue… but I suppose every city in the world has it’s own black mistery !

  • Merci Dwarkan,
    every city indeed! But the Parisian black mystery seems so exotic. I have found an English translation of Eugène Sue’s “Les Mystères de Paris” (1843) and I look forward to submerging myself in its gloomy intrigue. Merci beaucoup.

    – Rhoufi

  • Vandana Indramohan
    Vandana Indram...about 3 years ago

    beautiful shot!!!! i love this totally!!!!

  • Thank you for your comment and visit, Vandana

    – Rhoufi

  • Evelyn Bach
    Evelyn Bachabout 3 years ago

    this has such a theatrical look to me, as if it is made of cardboard, to a scale that would fit in a shoebox! the light is stunning.

  • It does look like a model, you’re right. Not half as interesting during the day. Thanks Evelyn.

    – Rhoufi

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 3 years ago

    interesting scene – a bit somber indeed. when you going back?

  • Oh I like sombre Cathy. Paris, again? As soon as possible, for longer, but I’ll need to win the lottery ;-)))

    – Rhoufi

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful!!! Love this!

  • Thanks Gena, glad you like this dark series.

    – Rhoufi

  • Clo Sed
    Clo Sedabout 3 years ago

    and you know strange things happen here at midnight…..
    next time you’ll come
    I’ll show you!

  • The strangeness I found by myself was exciting enough, but to go with you, a local !!! Oh la la, not sure my heart would survive, I’m just a simple colonial ;-)))

    – Rhoufi

  • Clo Sed
    Clo Sedabout 3 years ago

    a “local”, aaaaaaaaaaah, this word makes me laugh too much….
    I feel I’m an indigen
    not sure you heart will survive either, but if you don’t try……; you’ll never know ;-)

  • Well, with a “native” guide like you, I guess it’s worth the risk ;-)
    Lead on Madame Magali, into the subterranean cavens below Paris in search of exotic adventure. Can’t wait really :-)))))

    – Rhoufi

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