Trouble in Paradise

by Stefan Fletcher October. 27, 2009 5801 views

Provence is idyllic but even in the most ideal location some projects never come through. A luxury hotel development must have run out of money with just the form work completed. Luckily, the local kids decided to fill the gap on the interior decor scene.

My kid has a thing about urban decay. After 13 years living in Europe's eighth largest city, so must I. This was the result. We both enjoyed the contrast.

Beautiful provençal autumn seen from a wrecked development.

“BAC” stands for "brigade anti-criminalité ",a division of the police particularly detested by teenagers, a fine hooligan example of whom can be seen on the right: my fourteen year-old.

A new and sadly cynical teenage take on the French Republic's motto. Instead of fraternité, the new version roughly translates as “if you've got dough”

How I wish I had IS on that lens…

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David Swatton 10 years, 2 months ago

That's some pretty diligent graffiti - good effort by the local "artists"

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Nick Cavell 10 years, 2 months ago

They are great shots, there is a beauty in the ruined, or half-finished, enhanced by some witty graffiti.

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Thebronzebow 10 years, 2 months ago

At least they're thinking... Great shots!

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Ken 10 years, 2 months ago

interesting set, graffiti is awesome.

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Denisa Cellar 10 years, 2 months ago

I disagree with your IS lens comment for #8. I love the motion passing through the emptiness of the structure. #2 and #5 are also lovely. You've beautifully captured some beautiful artwork!.

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Hanna Westesson 10 years, 2 months ago

Great set and interesting!
You made it look beautiful.

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Dorothe 10 years, 2 months ago

Great, I love such places. I think that colorful and powerful graffiti is a good alternative for grey concrete.

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Jarvo J 10 years, 2 months ago

Very cool set Stefan. Thanks for the translation and commentary.

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Piyali 10 years, 2 months ago

I would say these are one of the best graffitis I have seen so far, the kids are quite talented. I actually like the attire of your 14-year old (I noticed that the right side is different from the left one)..that shot is absolutely marvelous!!

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Andrea Kennard 10 years, 2 months ago

Wow. These are AWSOME!!!! I totally love #5 and #8. Brilliant.

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Doris 10 years, 2 months ago

This is great! An extraordinary view on the "other" Provence in a very artistic way - your daughter gives much authenticity to this post!

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Juan Regaldie 10 years, 2 months ago

Regarding the pictures:
all very good, especially like the high color on #6 and #7
For #8, go for a Pentax body XD XD XD

Regarding the 14 year old, I've got my own one, and yeah, she's a pain in the ass XD XD XD

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Catherine Hollens 10 years, 2 months ago

Clever, beautiful and informative...another great post. My very favourite is #5

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Edyta 10 years, 2 months ago

some place to explore!

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Michael Sakowicz 10 years, 2 months ago

I have an interesting feel for graffiti as an artist myself. I do not 'do' graffiti at all, but I do find it fascinating.

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Jacki 10 years, 2 months ago

What an interesting set! Some very talented graffiti artists actually. The two shots with your daughter are my favorites, well done!

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Santi-Jose Acosta 10 years, 2 months ago

great find. love urban ruins.

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Brian 10 years, 2 months ago

A little different feel from an unfinished structure vs. an older abandoned type. #5 is pretty cool.

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Marsha 10 years, 2 months ago

Interesting place, like an art gallery for graffiti. Looks like some talented artists have left their work there. Fascinating post...thanks for sharing.

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Sandra Vermeulen 10 years, 2 months ago

Such unfinished buildings are beautiful gifts for youngsters to spend their free time to do ... yes, ... creative things ...
Nice post, good lighting and bright colours.

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