Wednesday, September 23, 2009

10 seconds at the Paris Techno Parade

Warning for sensitive viewers: the following contains people giving me the finger.

Here are 14 frames that represent 10 seconds of my experience at the Paris Techno Parade on Saturday.

A group of guys arrived near the end of the parade to have some fun bulldozing their way through the crowd. One of them noticed me taking a photo of a bandaged guy and suddenly the whole group was coming at me in a manner that was both playful and dangerous. I have to say that I loved the adrenaline rush of the experience.

I took the photos while walking backwards in order to avoid being surrounded. When it looked like I was about to get mauled, I bowed out in as friendly a way possible.

Here they are in order. Which of the 14 frames is your favorite?

frame 1

frame 2

frame 3

frame 4

frame 5

frame 6

frame 7

frame 8

frame 9

frame 10

frame 11

frame 12

frame 13

frame 14


Sean said...

Well done on the focus and the shots.. .arrogant misguided youth... naieve and agressive.... the world is increasingly full of them :) Neither would get my comment, since I would be too afraid of putting any of them into a more "highlighted" position if you know what I mean... glad you got outa there... my guess is you did well to get out... the playfullness is not something you want to "test" :)

michaela said...

You are wild. Good shots. Glad they didn't grab your camera. It is interesting to see how their focus on you increases with each photo and with the camera's focus on them. Good thing you got out while they were all still playful. Any police on the scene? Did things get worse?

Nephi said...

Some of the most exciting photography I've seen in a long time.

Unknown said...

Wow, Marc, those are amazing shots. What a life you lead! Frame 5 is my fave.

michelle said...

3, 4, 9, and 10 are my favorites. So much energy here.

Lucy Call Photography said...

Marc, these are amazing. I love frame 3 when you really begin to see the energy and they start to get out of control. Looks like it got pretty intense by the end.

Anonymous said...

Wow, these are amazing. 3, 4, 9 and 10 are also my favourites. I can't believe you stopped shooting, I'd have been outta there.