Modernist architecture is no longer flavour of the month. Yet it can be interesting at times. I was somewhat puzzled when I saw that building. Strictly speaking, it can’t be classified as modern architecture. Here’s what Riba has to say about that movement. Rejecting ornament and embracing minimalism, Modernism became the single most important new style or philosophy of architecture and design of the 20th century. It was associated with an analytical approach to the function of buildings, a strictly rational […]
Paris in Spring on a balmy day shot rue Jacob in the 6th district, one of the poshest. There’s something crooked about that front door on the left and it’s got nothing to do with my wide-angle lens. AS Spring is conducive to poetry, here’s a little poem by Paul Eluard, one of the founders of the surrealist movement. As it’s surreal it’s got nothing to do with Spring. But it’s a poem about Paris nonetheless. In Paris In Paris there […]
This is Spring. At last we can catch a glimpse of the sunshine. And hike in the forest. At least we could a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago we went to Bois le Roi by train. It’s a nice memory because now we’re stuck at home again. This pandemic is wearing thick. The weather was really nice and we were able to have a picnic in the forest. Not too bad for early Spring, and a relief after […]
Art Deco Architecture is one of my favourites. I love Art Nouveau too as you already know, but I think Art Deco tops the list anyway. Tour d’Argent is a famous restaurant. Let’s be honest we’ve never been there. I suspect only millionnaires go there and I’m not yet part of that lot. No doubt I’m working very hard but I have no particularly wish to be one of them. Anyway, Tour d’Argent is on my way home when I […]
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; sighs…) 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 foursome 4ème oeil photo studio. He is the one stepping on the roll of paper. Behind him was Christophe, a French photographer who had hired the studio too. I had hired the studio experiment with portraits. I have neither enough space nor enough kit to do that at my office.
Art nouveau building Rue Boulard in the fourteenth district. Rather than focus on the architecture itself (more about that per below) I have decided to dwell on an abstract view of a reflection in one of the oval windows. Mosaic details taken from the front door. The Eli Paseos Art nouveau blog has a story about this house as well as a collection of blog posts regarding Art nouveau. Here is what she says about that building: The door is quite […]
I captured this scene at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen as I was stricken by the contrast between this beautiful classical white marble statue and the blue/black stripy background (Orpheus wooing the Mermaid by Emmanuel Hannaux 1855-1934; see how Orpheus got rid of the Mermaids here).
I’m working on the portfolios of the anti museum right now. The task is huge, and it’s very exciting too. Working on the Anti museum portfolios As the writing on the window above states, no one knows when restaurants will reopen, nor museums, cinema houses, theaters, and the rest of it. Much as it’s getting on everybody’s nerve, one can always look towards the future and make preparations for the “new normal”, which hopefully won’t be like today’s. Rome and […]