This is a September 1996 photograph of a gracious lady I frequently encountered in Parvis Notre Dame, Place John-Paul II across from Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris in Paris, France. In this image she is the third individual from the left, standing on the ground, with six youths standing on benches in the frame. My French is very basic so I never introduced myself to the lady to learn her name. What I definitively know is that whenever I encountered her she was teaching children and youth how to encourage the sparrows of Notre Dame to eat from their hands. Based on my repeated observations, the youths personally were not known to the lady. Instead, she generously was teaching random children and youth to feed the birds from their hands because it pleased her to facilitate this inter-species interactive process, as I have concluded from the expression on her face in this image. Equally, from expressions on the faces of the youth, the lady successfully has transferred the joy of feeding the sparrows to these youths. For me, this is a very inspirational scene in context of what I refer to as the "wonderment of individuality." Simply stated, capturing the expression on the face of the lady and the faces of the youths is what I strive to achieve in my photographs of people. As a footnote, this is a very important image to me as related to my post-professional career of working on the "dark side of America" with violent juvenile offender and sexually-abused children, and my on-going search I entitle, "Searching for the light." As a second footnote, the base in the background is for the statue "Charlemagne et ses Leudes." As a third footnote, numerous viewers of this photograph have expressed that the fourth youth from the right, the very animated male, reminds them of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter. Who knows? Perhaps he is Harry Potter! Such would please me greatly!
This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.