Heurement // Fortunely {Paris Street Photography}

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Heurement // Fortunely © Chant Wagner 2017

Continuing with the series "habitat of the homeless" in Paris. Here, you can see that someone has invested the space found in a wall beneath a bridge. Instead of a door, you have a curtain made out of a checkered woolen blanket - like a Burberry plaid gone wrong - nailed to the typical beige quarry stones of the capital city...

What is noteworthy is the inscription you can read above the "door" step: "Heurement." You could translate it as a lame "Fortunely." In French, it conveys the sense that someone has created a new word, which is a compromise between "heureusement" (fortunately) and "errement(s)" (erring / mistakes). It is as if someone wanted to put up an optimistic sign which read something like "Home Sweet Home" above the entrance expressing the relative happiness of finding a place to live in, but couldn't find the hypocrisy or strength to write the full conventional word.

There is something Hugolian about the whole setup, inscription included - Notre Dame de Paris is a stone's throw away. But unfortunately, the less protective 19th century is also too close for comfort with its high levels of abject poverty described by Victor Hugo in Les Misérables.

Previously:

Lost Souls ≈ Les âmes perdues

The House of God ≈ La maison de dieu

Welcome to My Humble Abode // Bienvenue dans ma modeste chaumière

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