The French Soap Seller

One of the stalls at the St. Patrick’s Festival Market sold perfumed soaps and other crafts. This French gentleman owned the stall and cheerfully told us that he’d be travelling the country until his stock ran out, at which point he’d return home and have to do household chores for his wife!
I think he enjoyed life on the road.


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    John March 26, 2006

    Nice shot and portrait, really does look as if from another era.

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    Matty March 26, 2006

    That’s an amazing photo. Brilliant.

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    andy March 26, 2006

    Excellent capture. It looks like a very old photo.. maybe it’s his hat? I love it!

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    Paxton Prints March 27, 2006

    Wonderful portrait! You have a great eye for people.

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    Donncha March 27, 2006

    Thanks guys, he was a nice guy and obviously enjoying himself in Cork. I wish they’d organise markets like this more often as they’re very interesting!

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    Micki March 27, 2006

    Great portrait! He doesn’t look like a soap seller, though. He looks a little rougher than that. You did a wonderful job capturing the man.

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    Thom March 27, 2006

    Great character study. A real classic portrait look.

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    Sidney March 28, 2006

    Beautiful portrait! Well done !

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    DaveP March 28, 2006


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    Suby March 29, 2006

    Love this, love the weathered look of the seller, you really conveyed the essence of the subject in this shot. Well done

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    [t e r r o r k i t t e n] March 30, 2006

    Beautiful charcter study….very good.

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    Flickr: dbz885 March 26, 2007

    dbz885 has posted a comment:

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called Soap, and we’d love to have your photo added to the group.

    The French Soap Seller

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    Jaki May 12, 2008

    Love the picture. It shows lots of character in his face. I wish mens hats would come back in style, they really add something.

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