Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. - Plein les yeux et le coeur - 130 Street Photographies after the Paris Attacks {Paris Street Photo}


Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. - Plein les yeux et le coeur - 40/130 © 2016 CHANT WAGNER

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

On January 10, 2016 the day of national homage dedicated to the victims of the Paris Attacks of 2015 waned with a large, popular assembly on Place de la République. People were invited, among other things, to watch diaporamas projected onto large, open-air screens.

This is the part which we thought was the most touching: seeing adults and children alike be caught off-guard with an air of innocence on their faces as they looked at images of a life they love, international testimonials of solidarity, and the visual story of Parisians' and the French's reactions to the terrible events of November 13...

Despite the inherent sadness which is more often than not bottled up yet ready to spill over like here, there was an air of wonderment which told you that not all innocence and capacity for wonder was lost after the attacks.

There were many different reactions to the giant slideshows which were accompanied by a litte music in the style of the one used in the movie Amélie Poulain; we really wanted to capture that sense of childlike innocence which emanated from the crowd. This is the clearest photography about that state of mind.

On a translation note, while it would be better to translate "Clear Eyes. Full Hearts." by "Oeil d'aigle. Coeur d'airain", we feel we can take some poetic licence to convey the sense that it's a battle, yes, but there is no clear terrain for engagement and therefore civilians are mostly left to take it in and feel - but also reconnect with a spirit of resistance not seen since WWII.

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.


Place de la République January 9, 2016 - Place de la République le 9 janvier 2016 - 39/130

Prepping the Tree of Remembrance - Préparatifs autour de l'Arbre du Souvenir - 38/130

A Parisian Elf's Reaction - La réaction d'un lutin parisien - 37/130

Rue Alibert (é) (Liberté) - 36/130

Breaking Down - Un trop plein de souffrance - 35/130

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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