Semi-Naked, Django & The Anti Demonstration …

Got the chance to shoot a ridiculous and entertaining event so I dragged myself out of bed early, took the bus to Place de la Concorde and stood for an hour in the dark in the freezing cold waiting for the event to the begin. The event was a promotion by the Spanish clothing store Desigual and the idea was that they were offering 100 contest winners the chance to come to their store near Place de l’Opera on the first day of the Winter sale period and get one top and one pair of pants for free. The catch? They had to come there wearing ONLY their underwear.

Semi-Naked Party Bus - Place de la Concorde

Semi-Naked Party Bus – Place de la Concorde

So there I was, before sunrise, in Place de la Concorde with the 100 contest winners, mostly young but a few that looked like they could be in their 60’s. Two disco party busses showed up and we all boarded the busses and took off to drive around Paris as the city woke up. After maybe 15 minutes or so the driver made the announcement that we were heading to the store and that the party should begin. So the participants put down their Red Bulls and stripped down to their undies. I would have had more photos in the bus but after standing out in the cold for so long and then boarding a heated bus, my lens was fogging up uncontrollably. Not to worry … there were plenty of photos to be had once we exited the bus.

Inside the Semi-Naked Party Bus

Inside the Semi-Naked Party Bus

Inside the Semi-Naked Party Bus

Inside the Semi-Naked Party Bus

They let me and the other photographers off the bus first to get in position and then one by one, each participant exited in their underwear and congregated in front of the store, waiting for the store to open. A few minutes later, the doors opened and a chaotic, semi-naked crowd flooded the store and attacked the clothing displays.

Getting off the Semi-Naked Party Bus

Getting off the Semi-Naked Party Bus

Waiting for the store to open - and it was not warm outside

Waiting for the store to open – and it was not warm outside

I don’t need to explain much more – the photos will take care of that – but I did have two observations: (1) dressing rooms are really unnecessary when shoppers start off without clothes on and (2) it’s surprising to me how uninhibited people can be in public (with photographers around!), especially those who, one might say, don’t exactly fit the description of underwear model.

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Semi-Naked Shopping

Shot a much tamer event – the French premiere of Django Unchained. Not much to say, just another movie premiere.

Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained Premiere in Paris

Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained Premiere in Paris

Finally, I love shooting big demonstrations in Paris. It brings out great characters of all kinds. The latest demonstration was the counter demonstration to the pro-gay marriage event held a couple of weeks ago. This event was against gay marriage, gay adoption and medically-assisted procreation – a weird coalition of right-wingers, muslim groups, old people and even some gay people (or so they claim). The turnout was massive, easily the biggest demonstration I’ve ever seen in Paris. It was very well organized as their supporters were bussed in from all over the country to converge on Paris and send French President Francois Hollande a message that they don’t want him to follow through on his campaign pledge to legalize gay marriage.

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Sign says  "Marriage, Francois, what do you know about it?", a reference to un-married French President Francois Hollande

Sign says “Marriage, Francois, what do you know about it?”, a reference to un-married French President Francois Hollande

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration - he has a bell

Anti-gay marriage demonstration – he has a bell

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

Anti-gay marriage demonstration

I enjoyed shooting the event but I have to say it was much less interesting and animated than the pro-gay marriage demonstration I shot a couple of weeks back.

Some photos of the week:

Intruder

Intruder

Keeping Warm

Keeping Warm

Doesn't this look like the year is 1892?

Doesn’t this look like the year is 1892?

Winter sucks or winter socks?

Winter sucks or winter socks?

Michael Jackson store - very weak effort

Michael Jackson store – very weak effort

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