Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Shuttered Up

From St-Germain des Prés, a picture of, well, some bright red flowery window boxes and bright white slatted shutters, which is rather nice to stumble across on a sunny Sunday morning in central Paris.

In fact, this isn't so unusual, but it is a bit different from the classic Parisian appartment building with those typical black iron railings on the balconies, but then St-Germain des Prés is a special area. It's a bit of a paradox really, because on the one had it's generally swarming with tourists and cafés overflowing but on the other hand there are some parts which are genuinely timeless with little windey streets and hidden squares and evocative shop signs.

This shot is also a gentle reminder to just look up from time to time (or all the time if you like). By raising your eyes above street level you not only see some of the most amazing things which you'd miss if you just take the horizontal gaze approach, but by tilting your lens up (or down - same principle) you also create some really interesting angles as seen here.
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6 comments:

LadyM said...

waouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu, i love this one too and particularly the kind of graphic effect of the shutters and the angle you took the photo. agree with you, look up and things can be seen a vey different angle. thanks again.

daniela said...

i think you're right! sometimes we loose so much not looking up. it's always great to have someone who reminds you that there's something else apart from the little piece of pavement you usually look at while you're walking down the streets...

Paris Set Me Free said...

Although, to be honest Daniela, probably one of the best places to look IS down when you're walking in Paris, or you might just go slip-sliding away on one of those ubiquitous little doggy-dos the city is so famous for ;-)

Tomate Farcie said...

Couldn't agree more, you have to look up AND you have to look down, too :) Latin Quarter is definitely one of my very favorite areas in Paris. Once you get away from the touristy area near St. Michel everything is pretty much as it was many years ago.

Tomate Farcie said...

By the way, the red flowers are called "geraniums" in French. I should know, I watered enough of them when I lived in Paris! ;)

Paris Set Me Free said...

I'm useless when it comes to technical stuff like flower names Tomate, but I'm great when it involves twiddling dials and swivelling slide rings... I'm one of those people, when someone asks me what setting I took a particular photo on, I tell them, well, the setting was lovely: there was this cute little cafe on the left, the birds were singing, magical... ;-)

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