Last night was quite interesting in Cannes. To my surprise there were lots of people everywhere, including a big party on the beach, musicians, people walking around or sitting on the sand, full terraces, acrobats, hip-hop dancers improvising at the foot of Palais des Festival's red carpet. "Fête de la musique" just happened the night before, so that was not the reason for such a gathering in the area. Finally came to the conclusion that there was no special reasons for having so many people there at this point. They were just happy, having fun and enjoying the Croisette at its best at night. That's Côte d'Azur!
I only had a chance to shoot for about a half hour, so I didn't expect much. But it was nice to take pictures just like that, trying to catch the essence of the moment and the feeling everybody had there. Surprisingly, while the lights everywhere were colorful and changing, I came back with a mixed bag of photograph, both in color and black & white. Each of them has something that catches my attention, either for the light falling on the subject, or because of the emotion I saw on people's face. I think the spray can painter is my favorite because of the cold light falling on his suit, his mask and the spray fume floating away from his work space.
But what would be La Croisette at night without the ever changing colors of the walkway and the carrousel? So I'll leave it to you to pick your favorite. Let me know what you think!
© Normand Primeau