Dog Triptych ≈ Triptyque canin /The Nose & The Eye / Le Nez et l'Oeil {Paris Street Photography}


Dog Triptych ≈ Triptyque canin I / The Nose & The Eye / Le Nez et l'Oeil © CHANT WAGNER 2016

Yesterday's perfume review of Yves Rocher Accord Chic and about what "avoir du chien" (literally and awkwardly "to have some dog") means - a form of French feminine attribute - reminded me of a triptych of photos I took last summer representing a chance meetup between two dogs on a Paris passageway. The pictures illustrate not « avoir du chien » but the relationship between nose and eye that's a theme I explore in writing and photography...


Dog Triptych ≈ Triptyque canin II / The Nose & The Eye / Le Nez et l'Oeil © CHANT WAGNER 2016

It is funny to see how the dog behind the first one quickly moves from « Who's this human doing that thing with that stuff in her hands » to « Wait, let's smell this compadre ». In the third picture, it is rather obvious to the eye that the dog in the front is acknowledging the sniffing taking place behind its back - and obliging by releasing even more olfactory information.


Dog Triptych ≈ Triptyque canin III / The Nose & The Eye / Le Nez et l'Oeil © CHANT WAGNER 2016

Humans do the same, but less overtly usually. We do however take in olfactory information about people we meet be it from our hands after having shaken them or when we kiss. And in France in particular in non-formal exchanges, we kiss twice in Paris - but four times in the South of France, perhaps because they particularly like to sniff out people.


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