Photographer's Note

During our visit to the Lille Culture Capital Of Europe 2004 exhibitions, we visited one of the Roubaix exhibitions in La Piscine. A fast direct subway/tram connection took us there from Lille. After our visit we strolled through the town, enchanted to be in this finish town of the famous cycle classic Paris-Roubaix (a.k.a. De Hel van het Noorden / The Northern Hell – because of the long cobblestone stretches that are encountered).

Walking thru Roubaix e saw that the town has been put thru a very effective piece of urban renewal. But it is still battling the effects of the demise of the heavy industry in the area. Dilapidated warehouse and factories tell their sad tale. Near a few of those dilapidated edifices we found this closed party gadget & costume store.

I was grabbed by the strong contrast of the festive outdoor letters and the neglected & closed façade of this long closed store. It was one of the pics which inspired me to start the new “outdoor type” theme. Looking at it during editing the words “farces & attrapes” took on a new meaning in the present state of the storefront.

PS-E2 tech: skewed, cropped, saturation (master, reds) boosted/altered, USM-ed, frame added and saved for the web.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1928 W: 122 N: 4345] (14052)
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