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The Marais area of old Paris contains many small squares and gardens. The very neat but tiny square which is the setting for this picture is the square Charles-Victor-Langlois, named after a well known 19th Century French scholar who specialised in medieval history. I approached it from rue des Francs Bourgeois via a small lane beside the back end of the church of Notre-Dame des Blancs-Manteaux (abutting the square a little to the right of this scene), and found the old lady in the photo darting past me into the square and across it one way and then back the other. I hardly had time to notice the poignant contrast between childhood and old age before shooting, and despite a reasonable shutter speed the old woman moved so hurriedly that her foot and plastic bag became blurred. Of course, my crop of the original photo has only exaggerated the blur, but I thought there was too much distracting stuff in it and I wished to concentrate on what I thought was the essential story of the meaning of time.

I have noticed many elderly women in Paris who are bent from the effects of age, poverty, and probably rheumatoid arthritis.

In searching for some information about the square, which is very hard to find, other than that it was created in 1961, I found a website which specialises in informing people (complete with numerous photos, but alas not one of this square which is nonetheless in the list) of squares in Paris where one may play Table Tennis. Here it is, if you would like to play in the open air one day: the 'Tables de ping-pong ŕ Paris'.

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