She and her brothers came running over to the gate where I was photographing. Hearing me speak in English, she questioned me in French as she concentrated on tying a piece of string around the iron gate post.
"Are you English?" she asked.
"No, I'm American."
"Oh, so you're kind of American/English/French?" she asked.
"No, I'm just American, but I speak French," I explained.
"What are you taking pictures of?"
"Oh, anything, n'importe quoi," I replied. She was eyeing my camera keenly. I asked her, "Do you want to take a picture with it?"
Gisèle nodded and grinned, "Oui!" And in no time she had her technique mastered. "You have to press the button when what you want is in the square?" she asked. And, click -- voila! --a future photojournalist was born. Here are some of Gisèle's masterpieces, taken in the Square Louvois.
Her little brother, with maman and papa looking on from the bench.
Her brothers playing ball in the park.
Richard Nahem, of Eye Prefer Paris. We never knew until today that he was as tall as a skyscraper!
And here's the photo I took, a portrait of the young artist. Merci, Gisèle!