Paul Toussaint

I have no idea what’s going on here. I assume it was taken at a costume party or a street fair or some kind of celebration. Can’t tell if she is a man or a woman—kind of a masculine chin and hands,  but the dress looks lacy and then there is the pearl necklace. So, another mystery. Varying textures, foliage, buildings, a couple people in the background. A lot going on, urban electricity in the air. The confounding headdress—how was it constructed? And the rose, delicately opening as the celebration rolls on.

One of the things I really like about this is how Paul has flattened so much of the image, except for the face, hand, and, to a slight degree, the headdress, which has hints of dimensionality as well. Even the rose is flat.

Thus, her neutral face is the focus, smooth-skinned, expressionless, conveying nothing as Paul snaps the picture.

So everything is frozen, but for just one crystalline moment.

This is a picture that just grows on me the more I look at it. As always, it started with a great capture and Paul has clearly taken the time to bring forth its potential. Really well done. This is what I’m talking about when I say “App that bitch ’til it sings!”

Going to go out a limb here, because I really can’t tell if people like the videos or not, but, this picture reminded me of this song …