UNTRACINGS BY ETTA SHON

FICTION + ART BY E SHON

Category: High Grain

El Nido Afternoon

EL NIDO PALAWAN FAMILY MOTORBIKE PHILIPPINESBig sister little street el nido palawan philippinesKIDS BOLOT STREET EL NIDO PALAWAN PHILIPPINESLITTLE GIRL DOORWAY EL NIDO PALAWAN PHILIPPINESLITTLE GIRL EL NIDO STREET HOUSE PALAWANDOG STREET EL NIDO PALAWAN PHILIPPINESApril 2014. El Nido, Palawan

A sweet¬†little beach town in Palawan, Philippines. Despite the steady¬†tourist presence, the locals go about their lives uninterrupted and as anywhere else in the Philippines, they’re all smiles.

Manila Sunday

MANILA'S FINEST OLD MAN CART CHINATOWN MANILA PHILIPPINES sQUIAPO MARKET MANILA PHILIPPINES STREET VENDOR sUNDERWEAR VENDOR QUIAPO MARKET MANILA PHIPPINES sDISHWASHERS CHINATOWN MANILA PHILIPPINES STREET sCHILD JEEPNEY MANILA PHILIPPINES STREET s

March 2014. In and around Chinatown. Manila, Philippines.

Freak

GIRL JESUS TATOO MALL FREAK OLD MAN MANILA CHINATOWN PHILIPPINES STREET

March 2014. Manila, Philippines

When We Were Young

OLD LADY PARK BENCH PARIS VIEILLE FEMME JOURNAL PARCOLD MAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER PARIS VIEUX HOMMEOLD MAN BAGUETTE PARIS STREET VIEUX RUEVIEILLE FEMME FOYER RUE PARIS OLD WOMAN MAID STREETVIEUX HOMME MENILMONTANT OLD MEN PARIS STREETVIEUX HOMME OLD MAN MENILMONTANT RUE STREET PARIS

Paris, March 2014

I’ve always been drawn to elderly people, as subjects and as human beings. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a certain respect for all that they’ve lived through or maybe it’s the way I was raised. Aside from Milan, Paris has the classiest population of elderly people I’ve ever encountered. It has nothing to do with money, but rather an attitude- a certain grace and dignity that doesn’t diminish with age. It’s a drastically different mentality from that of the States, particularly in fast paced cities such as New York where past a certain age it’s virtually impossible to keep up with a generally dismissive and self serving population. How easily we forget what we have facing us just several steps down the road.

Paris Night Crawling

AUX FOLLIES RUE DE BELLEVILLE PARIS NUIT STREET BARAUX FOLLIES RUE DE BELLEVILLE BAR PARIS STREET NIGHT NUITPARIS CREPE STREET RUE NUIT NIGHTmk2 quai de seine loire reflexion reflection neon signs jauresLE SULLY PARIS BAR NUIT NIGHTPARIS BELLEVILLE RUE NUIT NIGHT STREET STREETLAMP

Night Films

Movie screen theatre cine mk2 quai de seine loire paris

Cinema is a huge part of the social culture in France. Membership cards to various theaters are common, allowing unlimited access to films monthly. I had such a card myself, and I spent many nights alone in a darkened theatre taking in every type of movie from the hilarious to the obscene in order to improve my French. Needless to say I developed a new appreciation for American films (yep I said it).

I profited from this membership especially in the first several months, while I was a new expat with a less than bumping social agenda. Admittedly, I’d start off more than a few nights feeling bummed and wandering the city until ultimately settling into a movie theatre, haphazardly choosing whichever French film I hadn’t already hit up. The two hour ritual of sitting alone in a dark room and slumping into the velvet cushions as I’d let my overstimulated mind go numb was equally as important as the film itself. I miss these nights sometimes. The overpowering anonymity of being truly alone in a foreign country, facing a foreign culture, taking in spoken words in a language not quite my own, as lovely foreign images pass before me.

Jonas

Jonas Bowman Rue Charlot Le Marais Paris

Rue Charlot, Paris. March, 2014.

This is Jonas Bowman. He is a Paris based jewelry designer with a shop in the Marais. He is extremely talented and also happens to be a very nice guy. Check out his beautiful creations: http://www.jonasbowman.com

Fontainebleau Forest

Fontainebleau Cross Statue Friends Picnic Piquenique CroixManon Fontainebleau France Picnic Piquenique

Fontainebleau, March 2014

Mollie

Mollie Canal Saint Martin Paris Sunny Day

Canal St Martin, Paris. March 2014

A Wonderful Day In The Hood

Rue de Belleville Paris Cafe Vieux ElderlyRue de belleville old man cane paris streetMenilmontant arab hair salon paris coiffeurMenilmontant paris marche marketmenilmontant retouche vetements parisMenilmontant Street Scene Paris Signs

Belleville/ Menilmontant, Paris

This area of Paris is dubbed by the French as “Populaire,” which is a nice way of saying hood. It is an unexpected melange of disparate cultures within a condensed area and despite the insularity of each ethnic group, somehow it works.

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