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La Baie des Anges
1st PlaceLa Baie des Anges

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Challenge: Extended Free Study 2016-07 (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Aug 14, 2016
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2016

[Aug. 21st, 2016 05:13:04 PM]

France, 14th of July 2016. The country is celebrating its National Day. As every year, spectacular fireworks are displayed in almost each city, attracting lots of people, families, children. It is one of these occasions where joy can temporarily make sadness disappear. Alas, not this day. In the city of Nice (located in the south of France, next to the sea), a few minutes after the fireworks, a man managed to drive with a cargo truck through the crowd, killing 85, and injuring hundreds. Among the dead persons, mothers, fathers, even children, who were unfortunately on the path of the truck.

I don't feel like commenting on the geopolitical nor religious situation that led there. I am too sad to think or analyze. For now, I'd rather stick to some of the stories the survivors told. For example, a mother and her 4 years old daughter were in line to buy candies, when the truck arrived on them. The woman saw the truck a couple of seconds before the impact, and immediately understood what was going on. She managed to grab her little girl, and lie with her on the ground, just between the wheels of the truck, letting it pass above them. Miraculously, they both made it. Of course, the little girl and her mother witnessed lots of horror this evening. A few days later, back on the street where it all happened, the girl asked: "Mummy, where do the dead children go?" She wanted to leave her very favorite toy on the ground, as a gift for them. The mother answered: "Don't worry, they are with their parents in the heaven". Then, the girl took her toy back and said: "We, for ones, are not dead. Do you remember when you put me back on your belly as when I was a baby, to save me from the bad truck who stole my candies?"

The sea portion just next to this street is called "Angels Bay", "La Baie des Anges".

Place: 1 out of 64
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08/24/2016 08:41:04 AM
Fantastic image and a truly moving story.
The atrocities that we are able to commit against each other are utterly baffling and truly horrifying. I fear for the world we are leaving our children to inherit.
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08/24/2016 04:44:30 AM
Great to see another of your fabulous entries with a moving story behind it. I recognise that bear:)
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08/23/2016 10:44:39 PM
Powerful story. Powerful creation. Thank you, Christophe.
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08/23/2016 02:07:03 PM
Wonderful to see your work again.
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08/23/2016 12:03:35 PM
congratulations on the Blue
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08/23/2016 09:05:36 AM
Thanks for sharing the story. We in the U.S. get very little of the human stories from abroad. It's hard to grasp the terror and fear of such tragedy. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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08/22/2016 08:29:23 PM
Wow, what a tragic story and incredible image. Amazing work as always, Christophe.
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08/22/2016 12:33:12 AM
Congratulations on the Blue, Christophe. Reading your Notes was a shock. You made them a fitting tribute. I offer my prayers for the victims & for the survivors.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2016 10:22:07 AM
excellent! good to see your work again, & looking forward to reading your Notes.
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08/18/2016 02:52:30 PM
Incredible composition, light, color, detail... near perfect, if not perfect my first 10
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08/17/2016 08:07:33 PM
Amazing work! Great light portrayed!
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08/15/2016 03:37:54 AM
Thanks for coming back, Christophe although the inspiration is so horrific. I will never understand the young people who want to kill and inflict as many wounds as possible, who want to kill little kids. Nice and the Bay of Angels will never be the same.
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