Travellers 21

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Traveller 60. The eagle. Mexico city, Day of the Dead.

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For better or for worse. Montmartre. 2019. Travellers 61 and 62.


Bravery. Traveller 63. Wearing a kippa (yarmulke) in the Paris metro has become dangerous. (I’ve been wanting to buy one and see what happens but they won’t let me…)


Love your costume, can I take a picture? Por supuesto. Traveller 64. Mexico city. 2018. (You may remember a watercolour…)


Trip advisor. Traveller 65. Paris. 2019.


Dancing in the street. Traveller 66. Arc de Triomphe. Paris. 2019.


No strike today. Traveller 67. (Metro and train in Paris and France in general, have been on strike for, what? 2 months?) MΓ©tro Volontaires.


“Marchons, marchons…”. Travellers 67, 68 and 69. Notre-Dame-des-champs. Paris.


Traveller 70. Art expo, Mexico city.


Flea market, Porte de Vanves. Paris. Traveller 71. (The I-Phone does show a very slight “pull” in the angles…)


Invisible. Traveller 72, Chiapas, Mexico, 2010.


My next tat. Traveller 73. Paris. 2019.


Stood up. Traveller 74. Les Halles, Paris.



Just lemme grab 5 minutes’ sleep. Line 12, Paris. Traveller 75.


Seriously? Traveller 76. La DΓ©fense. (Love your shoes.)


Just the right light. Traveller 77. Paris.


The Tramp’s peace plan for the Middle East. OMG, says Traveller 78. Banksy expo, Paris, 2019.


End of line. All travellers please leave the shuttle to your right. We thank you for flying Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Until next trip… Fare thee well.


70 thoughts on “Travellers 21

    • The lido it is then. (Though I think the Crazy Horse is better…) πŸ˜‰
      And yes, people are the best subject of photography. Though I am still in conflict about stealing moments of their life… Well. Nothing is perfect…

      • True. Friends here in Mexico had a visit from German friends of theirs. Who had a guide to Mexico in German. Our friend starts leafing through and exclaims: No way! Not possible. There was a photo of my wife and daughters at a restaurant in Guanajuato a couple of years back… In a German guide. The odds, the probability is close to zero…
        Have a nice week-end Paul

    • Yes. That dance company performed on city square two years ago. Very good – and pretty – dancers. And the costumes and make-up was very elaborate. Haven’t seen them since.
      How’s the year treating you so far?

      • Good year so far. Milestones like 300 followers and tomorrow is my 200th post! Working up my courage to talk to agents again about my memoir Supergringa in Spain.

      • Congrats. And yes, courage. Personally I think there must be another channel nowadays outside of arrogant agents… But I haven’t found it. Again, my best wishes.

    • Thank you Michael. Glad you liked the post. πŸ™‚ I was going to post something else but switched gears at the last minute…
      And yes, Traveller 77 won the caucus…. πŸ˜‰
      How’s 2020 treating you?

    • Dankje wel Hedy. #64? She was a charming young dancer, featuring one of those death-like characters Mexicans love. They’re called Catrinas… One gets used to them. And the young lady was both charming and a good dancer. Smiles back…

  1. I’m quite impressed at how the travellers of Paris are not staring at their phones that much! Over here, EVERYONE’s gaze is fixed on their screens, all seated in a row, zombie-like. I’m always tempted to take a photo but too shy. Maybe I should do a candid photo shoot like yours, for the sake of historical documentation of these odd times!!!

    • Good point. Compared to Asia they’re not as glued to their phones. From observation I would say most use it for music. A few for reading.
      Taking photos so close is hard. You really have to pretend you’re texting. And only 4 or 5 of the 100’s of people I took noticed… πŸ™‚ My next challenge, which I already do sometimes is to just walk up to them and ask… πŸ˜‰

      • I would prefer asking, in theory I’m not a great fan of candid pics. Except your posts! And historical documentation for future generations! πŸ˜‚ But everyone does it nowadays, so voilΓ . Anyways, I enjoy virtual-traveling with you!

      • Funny you ask! Yesterday was the first day it was light when I went to work and also when I left work!!! Just barely, but still! What a difference it makes! πŸ’• And there, how hot is the Mexican sun? Winter, right? A while ago you were sayung the temps were like ours!!

      • It does make a difference. Light is coming. πŸ™‚
        The winter here is a joke really. Temps of 5C before sunrise for 3-4 weeks. Now we’re re back around 20C during the day… I will soon turn off the new heating I had installed last year…
        Trust me, you will see the light.

  2. I must confess that the photo of Traveller 77 is the first person-on-phone photo that I’ve ever liked. (Lie, I like a few of my own, I mean the first of other people’s.) But according to the title of this post, they are Tavellers, not Travellers! πŸ˜‰ They must be all members of the most secret club called “Tavello”. You know the first rule of it: it doesn’t exist.

    • I’m not Jewish, but there has been an increase of aggressions in recent years on jews in France, which I cannot tolerate.
      So I wanted to wear a kippah in the metro and see what happened. πŸ™‚
      My wife says “no way!”

      • Agreed. On al counts. I used to think that France, Europe were an exception, but, not anymore… You can get knifed easily in Paris, London. I almost got mugged in Paris last summer. Broad daylight. In the Marais. Got out of it by sheer luck and quick thinking… πŸ™‚
        So, Ok, I will not put a Kippa…

      • So many places across the globe that used to be considered great for tourists have become – ahem – much less so which is terribly sad. When planning our trips I look into safety issues much harder than I used to. You just have to use sense no matter where you go or choose not to go.

      • Agreed. The thing is I have lived in “dangerous” countries a good bit of my life. I used to look back on France or Europe as safe places… Which they still are, relatively. 700+ homicides a year in France for a population of 66 mil. 30-40,000 homicides here in Mexico for a population of 120 mil. But the violence is on the increase in France and Europe. People are carrying knives! And I almost got mugged last year in Paris… Sigh. πŸ˜‰

  3. This are fabulous street photographs, Brian. The Banksy shot caught my eye- so great – looks like she’s either sneezing or covering her mouth for protection from the flying feathers. πŸ™‚ The b&w of the young man on the phone is terrific, the tiny child hidden in the blankets…I almost missed her! All are moments in time, familiar but so easily missed by those who are looking but not seeing.

    • Thank you jane, coming from you, I am… blushing. πŸ™‚ Hadn’t thought about the Banksy traveller sneezing, but she might be. πŸ™‚ (A great expo by the way, they recreated Banksy’s work underground with great quality)
      And the child in Chiapas? One of my Fave.

    • 70? Interesting. Matter of fact that expo was last year, we just went to the 2020 edition on Sunday… More art and travellers. Child? Do you mean 72, in Chipas? Or 77, in the metro? (True, though she probably is 20-25, they’re all children now aren’t they?
      Take care

  4. So, you’ve expanded the boundaries of your traveler series?! First Paris and now Mexico City. Where next? Or is that top secret?πŸ˜‰

    • LOL. The technique can be applied anywhere. Just pretend you’re texting with your camera on and the sound off… (No shutter sound please). I actually caught a few good travellers on Sunday when we went to a very fancy, very hipster contemporary art expo here in Mexico city. Need to sort the pix out and will post them.
      Next destination? Paris, of course, and possibly Montpellier… No secret…

  5. I love taking photos on a train like that. The woman in the feathers is amazing, nice capture. I’m a friend of Kates. Thank you for sending her the man in the goatee. She is a treasure we have to take care of.

    • p.s. I think my favorite is the woman resting on her way home for the thousandth time after a day at work. Or maybe she is on her way to work and not looking forward to another day of the grind. Or, I know, she’s hung over and thinking “Lord, please let me get through this day. I promise not to do it again.”

      • Traveller 75 I guess? (Though one of my favourites is #77). I like her. On the Paris metro, you see so many people exhausted. They’re trying to catch a bit of rest before what comes next… And that’s when there is no strike… πŸ˜‰

      • Yes, 75. My sister got so mad at me when I was sneaking photos of travelers on the metro, or the train, when we visited Paris and Belgium.

      • LOL. Your sister is right. That was an experiment last summer. You pretend you’re texting, turn the sound of (no click) snap a few. Later you check the pics. But I am still a tad uncomfortable with the invasion of privacy. And if somebody catches you? Could be awkward.
        It makes for great photos though. πŸ˜‰

      • Unfortunately it has, quite a bit. She can barely do a thing. I send her fb strips and other things and we correspond often. She would love to hear from you. She is on facebook. Here is her address if you would like to send her a postcard…

        Katherine Griffiths
        45 Beleura Hill Road
        Vic 3931

      • A shame. She has such a lively personality. And she’s young too… Life can be a bitch. I went to her blog. Saw the goatee man. She did a good job on that. I hadn’t thought about MΓ©phisto.
        Thanks for the address, though I must have it somewhere. Postcards from here are out of the question. The post is rubbish. Half the letters never arrive. Or leave. I’m going to Paris this summer. Will send her more photostrips if I can find them.
        Thanks for the update.

    • Thank you Amanda. πŸ™‚
      That was a new experiment I tried this summer in Paris. I still have some… qualms about the way I take those pictures. But I guess “candid” photography of people is always a bit invasive…
      Take care.

      • I think I know what you mean? Modern requirements and privacy laws require us to seek permission of the subject before publishing. Yet it is so formal, and once you seek permission, the natural spontaneity of the photography diminishes, which means you have to take the photo first then ask permission…..
        I have a lot of the backs of people’s head for this reason. Lol…

      • LOL indeed. πŸ™‚ I did too. Now living abroad I’m not sure about the legal requirements in France… I guess I will probably go to jail… πŸ™‚

  6. If you do, at least you could still blog – if they allow you computer access. Such a dangerous person who conducts unsolicited street photography may require closer attention from the authorities – πŸ€¨πŸ˜‰

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