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Dimanche 10 mars, j'ai pris la route direction Lille pour une visite à la foire d’art contemporain « Lille art fair », avec Alexis, mon fils de 10 ans. Profitant de cette sortie dans le nord, je programme un petit détour vers le café « chez Salah » à Roubaix, afin d’immortaliser cette façade que j’avais vue dans un journal quotidien, un article qui évoquait la résistance du propriétaire « Salah » face à l’aménagement du quartier et des bulldozers qui veulent relooker le quartier. Après un peu plus d’une heure de route, nous arrivons sur les lieux, je ne reconnais pas trop l’endroit, il faut dire que les photographes ont le don de nous présenter les choses :) Le café me semble abandonné et fermé en ce jour dominical, celui-ci se trouve à quelques pas d’un carrefour, les aménagements entrepris ne me permette pas de me garer à coté. Je trouve donc une petite place sur une route qui mène à des travaux. Une fois à pied, nous nous dirigeons vers l’édifice, à quelques mètres de l’entrée des clients, notre venue réveille un chien derrière une porte de métal… pour notre approche discrète, c’est raté…. Une fois en face de l’enseigne, j’effectue quelques prises de vue, non pas comme un touriste mais plutôt comme un témoin d’une vie passée. Pas le temps de faire le tour de ce bistrot, Salah sort de son troquet pour donner du pain aux pigeons, je pense que c’est le chien qui nous a dénoncés… Je m’avance donc vers cet homme qui « m’attends », j’engage la conversation, lui explique ma démarche et lui demande si c’est ouvert, nous voilà donc réuni tous les trois autour du bar. Soyons fou, c’est ma tournée ! La discussion se poursuit sur le combat de cet homme âgé de plus de 70 ans qui souhaite garder sa demeure, jusqu’à son dernier souffle. Les articles de presse et autres photos accrochés sur le mur témoignent de son dernier combat face aux travaux et autres promoteurs. Je lui parle de retraite, « la retraite c’est pour les fainéants ! »…un sujet a oublié… Les sujets se suivent, je lui parle de son chien seul compagnon fidèle, il en profite pour me sortir une facture de sa nourriture, pourquoi ? Je ne sais pas. Je fais une petite visite des lieux où un vieux juke-box trône à coté du bar, j’explique à Alexis l’utilité de ce meuble du siècle dernier. Je conclue ma visite par une demande afin d’immortaliser « Salah » sur mon capteur numérique, même si la lumière intérieure ne me facilite pas le travail. Une fois dehors, je finis le tour du propriétaire pour d’autres clichés afin de témoigner d’une partie de la vie de cet homme accueillant.

Sunday, March 10, I took the road towards Lille to visit the Art Fair "Lille Art Fair" with Alexis, my 10 year old son. Taking advantage of this output in the north, I program a little detour to the coffee "in Salah" in Roubaix, to immortalize this facade that I had seen in a daily newspaper, an article that referred to the resistance of the owner "Salah" facing the development of the district and who want to revamp the bulldozers neighborhood. After a little over an hour's drive, we arrived on the scene, I do not recognize the place too, it must be said that photographers have the gift to introduce ourselves things :) The coffee seems abandoned and closed Sunday today, it is just not a crossroads, arrangements undertaken does not allow me to park next to me. So I find a small place on a road to work. Once on foot, we headed to the building, a few meters from the entrance of the clients, we came up one dog behind a metal door ... for our discrete approach is missed .... Once in front of the sign, I made a few shots, not as a tourist but as a witness to a past life. No time to turn at this bistro, Salah out of his troquet to give bread to the pigeons, I think it is the dog who reported us ... I therefore advance to the man who "wait for me" , I strike up a conversation, explain my approach and asks if it is open, here we met all three around the bar. Let's crazy is my tour! The discussion continues on the battle of man over the age of 70 who wishes to keep his home until his last breath. Newspaper articles and other pictures hung on the wall testify to his last fight against the promoter and other work. I told him about retirement, "retirement is for the lazy! "... A subject has forgotten ... The following topics, I asked about his faithful companion dog alone, he took the opportunity to get out a bill for his food, why? I do not know. I'm a little visit places where an old jukebox throne next to the bar, I told Alexis the usefulness of this piece of the last century. I concluded my visit with a request to immortalize "Salah" on my digital sensor, even if the interior light does not help me work. Once outside, I finished the tour of the property for other pictures to show a part of the life of this man welcoming.

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Suggester says; Chez Salah by ~roon1305 is a photograph of a story about resistance, isolation and respect for an ever changing urban landscape. ( Suggested by pulbern and Featured by ScENeYmE )
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Rovien Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Exquisite shot!
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
:) thank you
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LuciaConstantin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   General Artist
I've dearly featured your work in here: dinnerspoiler.deviantart.com/j…
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Markotxe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
incroyable, ça !
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:iconroon1305:
roon1305 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
ça vaut le coup d’œil
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Markotxe Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
oui !
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atxnewbie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
merci Yoda 
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
pourquoi "merci"?
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atxnewbie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Merci d'être un bon photographe ! =)
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
hhhhooo, ben  merci
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LuciaConstantin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   General Artist
Hello, you've been featured in here: dinnerspoiler.deviantart.com/j…
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
merci : )
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LuciaConstantin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   General Artist
de rien :)
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MissGrib Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014   Digital Artist
wow! poignant... une DD plus que méritée, un peu dédiée à Salah en quelque sorte ;)
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
merci , en effet "Salah" est le sujet , moi je suis que le témoin ; )
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grumpy-grannyx2 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
What a fascinating building, and such a sad story.  Thanks you so much for sharing this. *Congrats on the DD*
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
thank you : )
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Edwardv Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
:)
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
;)
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice bittersweet story behind the photo. I think this kind of background usually help the photographer to get better pictures...
Congratulations for a truly deserved DD.
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
thank you, it's nice
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! Soyez le bienvenu!
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SpeedFreakKai Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is a cute little building. <3 I love it.
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
thanks : )
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
yyyeeaaaahhh!!thanks
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Superbe
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
merci : )
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Bienvenue
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MrAntagonist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Very interesting building indeed. Is it used for a bar/restaurant?
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:iconroon1305:
roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
thanks,,it's a bar
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JoKeRfAcE1 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
very cool shot!
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
thanks"""
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Kululufan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Photographer
wow....I love old architecture.. 
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
me too  :)
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! Have a good day!
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
thanks : )
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome~
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Veliasin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me very much of the movie "Batteries Not Included", from the 80's. Perhaps Chez Salah will have a happy ending like the one from the film.
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Indeed, one could make a movie ...
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Douce-Amertume Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Bravo ! :)
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
merci petit chat lol
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unmerwe Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great ambiance ! Love  it....congratulations! 
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
thank you
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MwLucYo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
perfect shot
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
thanks
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augenweide Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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roon1305 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
;)
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Cyodee Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man... this is a great photo... i just love the different values and the contrast :iconmoeblushplz:
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