Breaking Down - Un trop plein de souffrance - 130 Street Photographies after the Paris Attacks {Paris Street Photo}


Breaking Down - Un trop plein de souffrance - 35/130 - © 2015 CHANT WAGNER

130 Street Photographies after the Paris Attacks - 130 photographies de rue, après les attentats de Paris - In Memoriam

Less than 10 days after the Paris Attacks, here's a scene you could spot by the Bataclan concert hall: a young woman suddenly throwing herself into a corner and hiding behind a garbage bin so as to be able to let go of her overwhelming emotions in peace...

She was choking with tears, breaking down, just in control enough to sit down on the curb and hide away to do so. Soon, she checked herself however, tightly pulling back her hair into a ponytail as if to pull herself, with her hands, out of her sorrow, hiding her face further down into her woolen scarf. She gave the impression that she must have known one of the victims who had died - or that she was a survivor herself.

It was quick but it reveals the psychological trauma experienced by some of the "impliqués" as the official French terminology goes, i.e., the ones who were implicated as witnesses and participants to the events.

Some relate they were cautious not to look around as they were freed by the RAID and BRI who advised them to keep their eyes up on the ceiling, while others said they couldn't help themselves and had to look.

You can choose to look or not.

This photo is part of a series capturing the atmosphere of Paris after 11/13 in 130 pictures, one each day for each of the 130 Paris Attack victims.


Flowers, Sawdust, Blood - Des fleurs, de la sciure et du sang - 34/130

Have Heart - Courage - 33/130

A New Pilgrimage Map is Born - Une nouvelle carte de pèlerinage est née - 32/130

Fire with Humor - Combattre le feu par l'humour - 31/130

Looking Back Towards the Future of the Past - Regarder vers le futur du passé - 30/130

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur Is Still Around - Fluctuat Nec Mergitur perdure - 29/130

Bleu, Blanc, Rouge at Polly Maggoo's - Du bleu, du blanc et du rouge au balcon du Polly Maggoo - 28/130

Shining the Light on November 13 - Projeter la lumière sur le 13 novembre - 27/130

Strange Goings Around a Carousel - Etrange manège le soir du réveillon de Noël - 26/130

The New In Colors - Le tricolore revient en vogue - 25/130

Drawing Resilience with Tealights - Dessiner la résilience avec des bougies - 24/130

Fascination - 23/130

Everything Happened, Nothing Happened - Tout est arrivé, rien n'est arrivé - 22/130

Patriotic Street Art - Un art des rues patriotique - 21/130

Keeping Emergency Services in a Central Paris Hospital - Maintien des urgences à l'Hôtel-Dieu - 20/130

Semiotics of Insult - La sémiotique de l'insulte - 19/130

Hacking It - Le système D - 18/130

Habit Rouge Impression - Une Impression d'Habit Rouge - 17/130

Recueillement - Meditation - 16/130

Saving Memorial Art from the Rain - Sauver un art de la mémoire de la pluie - 15/130

A Month Later - Un mois plus tard - 14/130

December 13, 2015 - Le 13 décembre 2015 - 13/130

Quentin Mourier, 29 ans - Quentin Mourier - 29 years old - 12/130

I Love You - M - Je t'aime, M - 11/130

Game Over: Culture Shock - Fin de partie : le choc culturel - 10/130

The Blood of the Republic was Shed - Le sang de la République a été versé - 9/130

Under Shock - Sous Le Choc - 8/130

Bullet Holes at the Laundromat - Impacts de balles au Lavratonic - 7/130

A La Bonne Bière Reopens: Shades of Emotions - Une Palette d'Emotions - 6/130

Peaceful Day at République - Jour Paisible à République - 5/130

Eagles of Death Metal - Still up on the Marquee II - Les Eagles of Death Metal sont toujours là-haut sur la marquise II - 4/130

Eagles of Death Metal - Still up on the Marquee - Les Eagles of Death Metal sont toujours là-haut sur la marquise - 3/130

Woman with a Tricolor Turban - La femme au turban tricolore - 2/130

Down Rue de Charonne - En bas de la rue de Charonne - 1/130

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