Meet Sergio Pomodoro

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Meet Sergio Pomodoro (not his real name), an Italian chap I met at a meet up yesterday afternoon. We were sitting on the ground, trying to catch our breaths after an exhausting tour of artists’ workshop in Paris 6th district and he spotted my camera. So he asked whether I could take a mugshot of him for his Meet up and Facebook pages. It was very sunny yesterday and he was quite taken aback when I asked him to pose in the shade in front of a nondescript wall. Of course, shooting portraits in full sunshine will result in ugly shadows, that’s the reason why. Oh by the way, he is into hard rock concerts, but I believe you have guessed as much.

A Bit Of Greenery

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Today’s challenge is “green”. That’s an easy subject in a country where it rains so much, even though today, the sun is shining bright. Above the Auteuil greenhouses. This palm tree doesn’t need much water though.  

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Gerberoy, West of the Paris region, on the fringe of Normandy, water is plentiful. How could the grass be greener?

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Gerberoy again. Ivy everywhere. 

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There’s nothing like complementary colours like these. Geberoy again.

Relax, Relax …

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Today’s Friday Photo Challenge theme is “relax”. I chose this picture of two young ladies relaxing in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, overlooking the bay (right) and the City (left). I took this picture in the twilight, the atmosphere was beautifully relaxing I found. 

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Yet, there is nothing as relaxing, in my eyes, as Mother Nature. Above, Mount Rainier. It’s amazing that one can see greenery at this height. Rainier is almost as high as Mont Blanc but greenery in the Alps will stop a little above 5,000 feet (1,500 m), here we were twice as high at 10,000 feet. We had never seen that, and God knows we know about mountains since we have a house up there in the Pyrenees.

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One doesn’t need to get that far to be relaxed. A mere 50 miles from the City centre of Paris, one finds the old impressionist hotspot named Rolleboise, overlooking the Seine. On that day (sometime in May 2012), rapeseed was blooming, colouring the fields yellow and overpowering the air with its potent Spring smell. 

A Kind of Magic

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Last night’s challenge was magic. I decided to show some pictures from the “Grands Voisins” (Big Neighbours) project. An alternative project for the benefit of the homeless and offering services such as the “ressourcerie” a shop where people give books, furniture and various knick-knacks. Even garments. 

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The project is located in a derelict hospital. It attracts quite a few visitors. At the moment, there is a kind of Magic about this place. 

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Artists have redecorated certain parts of the compound. This corner of the derelict hospital is now very very green. Magic.

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Artists and inventors design weird machines like this one. Magic.

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A weird platform in the shape of a boat. Magic.

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And this weird contraption made of plastic bottles. above it a solar panel absorbs light during the day. At night it turns into a streetlamp. Magic. 

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Inside the café, kegs of beer. All magic. It’s a bit of a shame though that they will turn this place into a real-estate development area.

White Bear

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As white bears are stranded up North amidst melting icebergs, we have to have plastic renditions of the poor things in the Orlinski fashion. The one above was shot in Montsouris in October and it survived. I tend to prefer François Ponpon’s 1922 white bear job as shown per below and exhited at La Piscine, an Art Deco swimming pool turned into a museum in Roubaix (on the Belgian border). I have a great weakness for Art Deco.

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Funny statues and lemur

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This week’s challenge is “fun”. In fact I missed the past two ones as I was busy replenishing my photo album collection while touring the Pacific Northwest with the Wife. A few months ago we went with some friends in the Alps and we came across some very weird statues. The gentleman who creates them is a farmer and a sculptor. He sculpts them with a chain-saw, hence the funny eyes.

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Most funny though was my friend Yves posing with one of these statues. I can’t tell which one of those two is the weirdest.

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In May as we were in Cannes, I spotted that boat and then realised the this was a floating ice-cream van, I found it rather funny.

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Lastly, an old picture of a lemur from Madagascar and their funny eyes. 

dourdan-DSC_0073They are even funnier in small groups of five or six.

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They are funny but sometimes you can feel how sad they are even though they still look funny.