Montparnasse cemetery. August 2014.
A very elegant yet improbable position. Try mimicking that! Even with yoga training... Close up view. The bronze is beautifully crafted Seen from above, the lady and the mirror... Hurray! My old new D600 has just arrived in order to replace my stolen camera. While loads of funny comments about oil and dust spot issues... Continue Reading →
Reminiscent of Neil Young's harvest and its amazing cover pic, a staple of all record collections owned by people from my generation, my reflection in a vintage doorknob near Denfert Rochereau. Shot with my ancient manual Nikkor O 35mm f:2 lens.
That area in Montparnasse used to be the epicentre of Art and bohemianism. Now the hovels have been taken down, the area wiped clean and stretched limos roam the streets like anywhere else in the world. 24 mm wide angle shot using my Nikon D600 and the 24-85 mm carry-around lens. Full details page
I keep hearing that Montparnasse is no longer what it used to be, that the old spirit is no longer there, that the Montparnos, these bohemian artists aren't around anymore. Well, all the nay-sayers are at it to show that Montparnasse is a thing of the past, dead and buried. But rest assured you lovers of French culture, this is not true.
Following a previous post on a watercolour of the Villa Hallé (situated near Denfert Rochereau, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris) in several stages, here is another variation on this theme in acrylics. The Villa (not a house per se, but a private street in Parisian lingo) is a small passageway with housing developments on... Continue Reading →
here we are with my latest watercolour in the making. i have decided to present the various stages of the design of that watercolour. this watercolour depicts a 'villa' which in Paris speak means a privatised dead-end street (not the usual meaning of villa as in other parts of France or southern Europe). on the... Continue Reading →
this is my latest watercolour depicting the early morning hours in Saint-Jacques,our area around Montparnasse and Denfert-Rochereau in Paris. The idea was not so much to describe the area but rather to tell a story - as long as brushes can tell a story - about a day in the life of the people around... Continue Reading →
Back to Paris. Very close to the Port Royal (RER) underground station you may find the eponymous abbey. A famous religious place which used to be the centre of jansenism. Famous writers and philosphers like Pascal and Racine for instance were familiar with that place which was brutally closed in 1664. Yet, 400 years later,... Continue Reading →