Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Naked crowd

Yesterday saw the opening of Sydney's Writers Festival.
From Monday 28 May to Sunday 3 June, hundreds of Australian and international writers converge to Sydney to celebrate the written word and the power of storytelling. See today's programme here. As I walked past Customs House on Friday night I saw big preparations being made for the opening function. I was surprised however to find that the crowd was naked.
Maybe it's about words stripped bare exposing the naked truth?

Sydney's Writers Festival, le festival des écrivains, s'est ouvert hier à Sydney.
Durant une semaine passionnante du 28 mai au 3 juin, Sydney va vivre au rythme de la littérature contemporaine. Des centaines d'auteurs australiens et étrangers convergent ici pour une grande fête de l'écrit et une célébration du pouvoir des mots. Voir le programme d'aujourd'hui ici. Vendredi soir en passant devant Customs House, l'ancien bureau des douanes devenu centre culturel, je suis tombée sur les préparatifs de la cérémonie d'ouverture. La foule se pressait déja mais j'ai été surprise de la trouver nue.
Peut-être est-ce le pouvoir des mots sans fard d'exposer notre vérité toute nue ?



vvvvv Captive audience or captivated? Sydney's Writers Festival, a city transformed by words.
vv Auditoire captif ou captivé ? Festival des écrivains de Sydney, les mots transforment la ville.

19 comments:

Kate said...

Natalie, I think it's that plus exposing the soul! I wonder about the muses; mischievous little devils, I think!

Nathalie said...

Yes Kate. In fact I have no idea whether this unusual display of mannequins had anything to do with the Writers Festival. But since it's about words transforming the city, I figured I could join in the spirit and make up my own story!

Nathalie said...

En fait je n'ai aucune idée si cet étonnant étalage de corps nus à Customs House avait quelque chose à voir avec le Festival des Ecrivains mais j'ai choisi de suivre la devise du festival, "les mots transforment la ville" pour leur inventer une raison d'être là ce soir là. Liberté d'auteur !

Olivier said...

toi aussi tu fais dans le racoleur, tu mets des femmes nues pour attirer le chaland ;o)).
Un festival de litterature, cela doit etre superbe. Je connais peu la litterature australienne, tu peux donner des noms de bons ecrivains australiens

Faye Pekas said...

Indeed, naked head to toe. There may well be a story here. :)

bv said...

What won't they invent next to give the impression of a big crowd attending...

Qu'est-ce qu'ils ne vont pas inventer pour donner l'impression qu'il y a du monde...

richard said...

Blanc et noir - now we're talking! This is a really exceptional shot in my opinion, and B+W makes it. Why? Well it focuses the image on the contrast between the two main forms, architecture and figure, organic and structural. The tones are beautiful as well. Much prefer this I have to say to the beach and harbour shots

photowannabe said...

Well that sure got my attention. Yes it must be about the naked truth.

Peter said...

It would be interesting to know if this finally had something to do with the Writers Festival.

Very nice shots!

hpy said...

C'est peut-être pour inciter les écrivains à se mettre à nu devant leur publique?

April said...

Wow, two great shots, even the small one. Strange contrast, the archway and the modern dolls. Interesting expression on their 'faces', so bored ;-)

Abraham Lincoln said...

Amazing nudes. Glorious lighting.

Interesting narrative to about the power of the word.

I did write about how people used to wear long underwear over winter or until we began to stink. You can find the link at the bottom of the post today.
Brookville Daily Photo

lv2scpbk said...

Interesting photo.

freelancer said...

Ca y est Nathalie se lance dans le nu ... à suivre :)

Imparfait présent said...

Des mots sans fard... Sont-ce des mots qui n'éclairent pas mais qui regardent loin?

Pod said...

woah! madame, this is a brilliant shot, all the better in b&w. i am impressed and envious that i wasn't there to catch the nuddy folk. fab!

DS2944 said...

Superbes cadrages en N&B !

ruth said...

Mmm, writing festival, mmm.

Cool photos! I especially love the second one. Beautiful bald ladies!

Gerald England said...

I hesitate to add a comment as last time I posted a shot of naked mannekins on Hyde DP I got accused of being a dirty-old-man [or maybe something worse]

Perhaps there had been a fashion week there previously and the mannekins are being moved to make way for the writers.