Experimenting with light

Studio Photography

Today’s theme is experimental and nice Krista let us choose what we wanted so I went for an experiment of mine at the former St Vincent de Paul hospital (aka “grands voisins” until it disappears next Summer; sigh…) In the basement of one of the former hospital buildings there used to be a surgical block. Christopher, a rather nice and excentric American guy, was our host. He is the fourth eye of the “4ème oeil” photo artists foursome. He is the one stepping on the roll of paper. Behind him was Christophe, a — no less excentric — French photographer who had hired the studio too. I had decided to go there to experiment with portraits. I have neither enough space nor kit to do that at my office.

Studio Photography

The entrance to the “studio”. I hope they keep this with the new buildings, it’s nice to be able to hire the place for a shooting.

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Getting Satisfaction

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Today’s challenge is satisfaction. This past 3 1/2 years I have been developing my business. And let’s face the music, during that period, I’ve had precious little time to do anything else. So when I can grab one of my cameras — or even several of them when I cover a concert event — then, I really get time for myself and it’s a bit like coming up for air. Over lunch today, I met with a friend’s friend and we laid out a plan for a theme-based photo exhibition next Spring. I don’t know what the theme will be as yet, as I asked him to make his decision about it and I’ll adapt to it. In the meantime, it’s time for me to shut down this computer and get back on my bike and head South where we have a house in the Pyrenees. Great place for photography by the way. If only I could spot one of these sheep-eating bears who are roaming the area, I’d be pretty lucky I believe. 

The 37 Bridges of Paris

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Today’s challenge is “bridge”. A nice one indeed. There are 37 bridges in Paris. Bridges always make for nice pictures but they tend to be very difficult to capture. This is why I often opt for a Dutch Angle as in the above picture of the Pont Royal, a Regal bridge for sure, built by the inevitable Louis XIV, yet rebuilt many times (1850 for its current state). In fact, when visiting the bridges with a lecturer the other day, I was shocked to learn that almost all the bridges over the river Seine had been rebuilt, including Pont des Arts and Pont Neuf. The latter isn’t only the oldest Paris bridge, it’s in fact the newest. I cross this bridge very often as it’s on the way of Bus 68 which goes from my place in Denfert to my office in Trinité.

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At first I thought I’d have plenty of pictures to show but it took me a while to figure out which ones to choose. Here’s Pont au Change at night. As shown by the “N” insignia, the current version of this bridge was built by Napoleon III in the 1860s. There were quite a few versions of that bridge. It derived its name from the bureau de change which had set up shop on the old bridge (the bridge with the perfume shop in Süskind’s The Perfume” which collapsed in the river in 1616 and burnt to the ground in 1621).

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Friendly challenge

This weekend’s challenge is “Friend”.

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I used to be a musician, now I’m only a musician by proxy as I have far too little time to practice. Last week we had a chance to tour the Riviera with the Paris 14th district choir and our friends from the Orsay Symphonic Orchestra. I have almost become the official photographer of the choir. I follow my friends – I used to sing with them – wherever they go and I take my cameras and lenses with me. Lighting isn’t always top notch but this time it was, as above with this concert at a hall in Ste Maxime in extremely good lighting conditions.

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And I’m not just trying to be Mr nice guy here. They are doing a pretty nice job with these works which are more than challenging. Their rendition of Schubert’s mass in E flat major D950 in Marseille last week was really really good. I was up there on the balcony, next to the 18th century organ in the Church of St Cannat, a 17th century gem in a more than derelict state. I stayed for an hour not daring to move, captivated by the music.  Continue reading “Friendly challenge”

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.

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