An intimate look at how the French prep to greet the people they meet

Paris-based photographer Sacha Goldberger set up shop in the Bois de Boulogne and snapped pictures of out-of-breath joggers who’d agreed to pose for him. A week later, he shot those same people, in the same poses, in their work or evening clothes. And now a website called My Modern Metropolis has put the before and after shots up for all to see.

The first thing you’ll notice is how sultry the before shots tend to be: The joggers’ sweaty, slightly pained expressions couldn’t look much more sexual. But look a little longer, and you’ll start seeing other things—details that seems to reveal something essential about the subjects’ character. (More often than not, it’s something that the more composed shots tend to conceal.) We love the effect but are left to wonder: Would these photos have worked as well with any other nationality?

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An intimate look at how the French prep to greet the people they meet