Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Cat Nap


Snuck shot crossing a strange bridge-thang between two sections of the Montmartre cemetery... at least she's relaxed! Couldn't be happier I guess, basking in the sun, not a care in the world - don't you envy animals sometimes..?!

Heritage Hi-jinks


I can't believe I haven't actually put up a pic of my own Private Paris Pyramid (well, which I share with a few million others, but early on a Sunday morning one could imagine that...). Maybe I have actually and just can't remember.

The challenge with something like this is that it has been photographed by so many people, and that it is SO famous, you've got to do something special if you want your pic to be more than a snap.

This shot was grabbed as part of a photo tour where I was more concerned with my clients than my own photos so can make any great claims for brilliance here. I rather like it, however, and the contrast between the traditional and modern is nicely captured and never ceases to impress me - the fact that they DARED to build the thing! That's Paris for you.

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Stuck on Rodin


I've seen this shot before (not in my style, of course) and as it happens I have a client whose apartment looks onto the Rodin museum, and I'd been itching to get a shot of this crazy lamppost.

The thing is covered in stickers saying 'musée Rodin ~ entrée gratuite' on them. I guess some bright spark had the idea one day to stick his sticker to the lamppost on leaving the museum. The trend seems to have taken hold like wildfire and now we have the 'réverbère Rodin' which is in the process of becoming more famous than the museum!

The zappy diamond composition was purely out of necessity, having taken the shot way too off kilter so the guy was either kissing the pavement or flat on his back... but in the end I like it.

I had better shots of the stickers but of course none of the others had a guy unknowingly echoing the raised hand gesture of the Rodin statue in the poster behind him. The little difference that kills, as they say.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Church of Eiffel


This is my 400th posting, apparently, and it's nice that Lady E is looking in on it, I think.

A curious shot, admittedly, but somewhat symbolic. The tower itself was a shock for many, so untraditional and violently industrial that it was, similar to the shock of the Louvre pyramid in a later era...

I like the modern cross in the form of an aerial in the middle, with the sun balancing the tower and the whole thing viewed through a sort of mesh, almost like a confessional grill, as I offer my thanks to our Lady of Eiffel in about as close as I'll come to a conventional religious experience. Next service, same time tomorrow evening, wherever you are!

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Sacré Bleu


I'm doing something I very rarely do here! I'm posting a photo which I haven't messed around with at all! Not even one little bit...

And why am I taking this unprecedented step, you ask yourself? Because there is something very interesting about this photo which has nothing to do with post-production processing - can you guess what it is?

And the answer is quite simple. The warm beigey tower in the background basking in the last rays of the setting sun and the chilly, sinister gothicky edifice in the foreground are... made from exactly the same stone and are normally identical in colour. But look at the difference here!

It's hard to believe that they are made of exactly the same material of the same colour but it's true. And of course it's all down to the light, and the interesting revelation that things don't have a colour as such, but more a property of reflection.

The lighting conditions were very different for the tower and the lower shady wall, and it just goes to show that light, in the end, is what it's all about. May the light force be with you!

Shutter Sheila


I don't know how many decades or maybe centuries this little lady has been valiantly adorning this old café wall. In fact she's a 'shutter stopper', holding the shutters open when it's not cold or hot or dark enough to close them.

You can find her ilk all over Paris, but especially in the older quarters, as she doesn't favour big modern monsters and privileges little houses and older apartments off the beaten track.

The position you see her in here is actually the 'holding open the shutters' position, but I like to flip them up as I go past as the head-down/bottoms-up position isn't very dignified for a lady of her standing and responsibilities.

Fuzzy in the background is the shutter she is responsible for, which is an important link back to her mission and indeed raison d'être.

Keep your eyes open for these little nods to the past as you wander around your neighbourhood. Sometimes they are worth a photo and a story to boot.

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