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.
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).
Continue reading “The 37 Bridges of Paris”
This weekend’s challenge is “Friend”.
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.
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”
Last Friday’s challenge is about ‘reflecting’ and this time I’m spoilt for choice. Above a mediaeval house reflected in a puddle in Rouen. Continue reading “Reflections”
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.
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.
Gerberoy, West of the Paris region, on the fringe of Normandy, water is plentiful. How could the grass be greener?
Gerberoy again. Ivy everywhere.
There’s nothing like complementary colours like these. Geberoy again.
When I think of “solitude“, I think of our beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees. The chair I sit in and from which I look at the top of the mountains where I do mountain biking. There’s no one there. Just bears. And even so.
The lakes, the vista. Peace. A break from the Big City.
The stunning landscapes (here from the Spanish side).
Peace. Green peace. Pure beauty.
I’m not too good at repurposing but there are people who are. And as my wife and I are downright against the idea of throwing anything away which could be useful, we often load some stuff in the boot and drive to a nearby hospital (St Vincent de Paul) which has been weirdly renamed “les grands voisins” (our big neighbours, and I have no idea why they are deemed big). There, it’s the entire hospital which has been repurposed. We love this place. I spent last night reformatting and preparing my 7-year old computer so that it can be left at the recycling charity shop there and I’m sure someone will be very happy to have a great computer in full working order. Even though it’s a bit old, it’s still doing the job.
Everything is repurposed there, be it for Art’s sake or for washing the linen.
Now this is Art: a streetlight made of plastic bottles.
Sharing (“partagez”) is their motto. A nice one at that.
The whole building is about nothing else but repurposing.