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Léon photographies (Saint-Priest-des-Champs, France) on 23 July 2012 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Hondarribia - In the streets during the celebrations (País Vasco), Spain

On ne faisait que sourire, et on ne faisait que de se promener parmi les hommes qui font notre quotidien, ceux que l'on voit passer par la fenêtre mais à qui on ne dit jamais bonjour. Dans ces célébrations là, chacun perd de son quotidien, revêtit les habits basques de ses célébrations, et le monde change. Parce qu'ils ne sont plus des hommes du quotidien, mais des basques pour le temps d'un long weekend, ils se rapprochent de leurs racines comme peu de groupes locaux peuvent le faire. Que grande País Vasco!

We were only smiling, and we kept on walking amongst the men that make our daily life, people we can see passing by our window but to whom we never say hi. In those celebrations, everybody loses its daily life, puts on his Basc outfit for the celebrations, and the world changes. Because they are not the daily men, but Basc for the timeof a long weekend, they get closer to their roots unlike any of the many other local groups. Que grande País Vasco!

From inside cultures, people and countries, Léon wants to reflect the world as it is. With and without lines, Léon tries not to lie about what he sees and lets know what people express, and what landscapes tell. Photographic work processed with films (Ilford HP5, XP2, FP4, Pan 100 & Pan 50, Portra 800, 400 & 160, Velvia 100 & 50, Sensia 100, Ektar 100, APX 100, Fomapan 200, Tri-X 400, Rolleï 400, BW400CN & Superia 400) by Nikkormat FS, 1968 & Praktica MTL5, 1984.