Today’s Friday challenge is “transient”. Last Sunday I had decided to walk along the river bank thanks to a meet-up discovery tour of the bridges of Paris. Fine, not really new to me but as you know, I’m grounded here, so I’d rather make the most of it and grow a stiff upper lip. Nonetheless, as I was walking past Alexandre III for the hundredth time, I noticed something that I had never spotted before. People on the bridge were looking like statues, only transient ones, and as the Sun and the heat were so intense (above 100° Fahrenheit and upper 30s celsius) colour photography was an absolute no no. So at the end of the day, I was pretty happy with the result. And here I got my transient statuary on the Alexandre III bridge, and these weren’t made at the turn of the twentieth century.
We call it July 14th, and foreigners call it Bastille Day. There is no better day in the year for a demonstration of law and order. Mind you, at the moment, it sounds a bit as if it were July 14th everyday what with the constant flow of Police and Army who try, and most of the time manage, to keep us out of harm’s way. Continue reading “Law and Order”
Last weekend was about evanescence and so was the weekend, evanescent. Even though it was a long one, it disappeared so quickly and we were so busy touring the Riviera with the Wife singing with the the Paris 14th district choir and a symphonic orchestra and me taking pictures that I wasn’t there in time to seize this fleeting moment. Catching up, I went back to this nanosecond in early February when I caught a glimpse of these birds in the sky while every one had their eyes set on the Chinese New Year parade. There was no point in taking the sky, the show was on the street. Yet I pointed my camera upwards and I don’t know how it happened but it seemed all the birds were ideally positioned in the sky to form a figure which I found interesting and only lasted for 1/8000 of a second. What’s that for evanescence?
“Features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages, or buildings, that were created in the past and still have historical importance”
Traditions and languages are rather hard to picture, but buildings are easier and I indulge a lot in that activity I must admit. We’re a bit spoilt for choice in Paris, what with a great number of listed buildings from the 17th century onwards. Most mediaeval buildings were destroyed in the 19th century when Paris was overhauled by Haussmann, but a lot of the 17th and 18th century ones are still there. As above in the district of Notre Dame.
The City survived WWI (despite some bombings which reached the Capital and traces of which can still be seen here and there and namely at the back of La Madeleine). And it survived WWII too but that was a close shave. Von Choltitz was meant to press the red button and Hitler was raving mad: “Brennt Paris?” he barked. Is Paris burning? No it wasn’t, thanks to Franco-Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling (Orson Welles in the film), the Man who saved Paris. “Tack Mr. Nordling!”
Today’s (or yesterday’s rather) theme is danger. It’s true, “Death is everywhere, there are flies on the windscreen“. There are Tsunami evacuation routes in the PNW too. Continue reading “Danger! Death Is Everywhere”
Last night’s photo challenge was about surprise or macro photography or both, I’m not sure. I chose macro photos with incredibly shallow depth of field. As Spring is back we’ll soon be able to take more. Each of these photos show incredible amounts of detail and often, the odd insect, extremely tiny even though they look huge on the photo because of the macro lens. Continue reading “Surprise Surprise”
The Paris Chinese Year pageant takes place every year. This year, the Chinese New Year was on February 5. Instead of focusing on the pageant itself I zoomed in on the dense crowd this time and I found that the best part of the show was there, behind the barrier tape. One of the onlookers didn’t like me that much and she cast me a very stern look.
Among the dense crowds one could also find moments of tenderness. The only difficulty was to zoom in through the throng.
A tiltshift of the crowd taken at arms’ length.