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I Insouciante by Claude Shepperson

I Insouciante by Claude Shepperson


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I Insouciante by Claude Shepperson

Scene outside a ball in the early 1920s with two revellers in full costume, sitting on the kerb outside, smoking and cigarette and disregarding the curious onlookers. Date: 1920

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Ball Balls Claude Costumed Curious Fancy Nightlife Onlookers Parties Pierrot Revellers Shepperson


I Insouciante

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by Claude Shepperson: A Moment of Defiance at a Roaring Twenties Ball This evocative photograph, titled "I Insouciante," captures the spirit of carefree rebellion and nonchalant elegance that defined the Roaring Twenties. Taken in 1920, the scene unfolds outside a grand ball, where two revellers, dressed in elaborate costumes, sit casually on the kerb, smoking and disregarding the curious onlookers. The man, dressed as a Pierrot, with his white face paint, black hat, and red flower, exudes an air of mystery and nonchalance. His companion, a woman in a flowing, sequin-embellished gown, gazes intently into the distance, seemingly lost in thought. The couple's unconventional behavior, smoking in public and ignoring the stares of passersby, is a bold statement of independence and self-expression. The night is alive with the sounds of jazz music and laughter, as the partygoers inside revel in the decadence and excitement of the era. The atmosphere is electric, and the couple's defiance only adds to the allure of the evening. Claude Shepperson's masterful composition and use of light and shadow create a sense of intimacy and intrigue, drawing the viewer into the moment and transporting us back to a time when the world seemed to be on the brink of anything and everything. This photograph is a testament to the enduring power of the image to capture history and preserve the essence of a bygone era.

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