Montparnasse cemetery. August 2014.
One often thinks of Montparnasse in terms of Man Ray, Kiki of Montparnasse, Zatkine, Joesephine Baker and the roaring 1920s. The reality though is closer to the 1970s, in certain areas, like that of the dreaded “Tour Montparnasse”, said to be the most beautiful spot in Paris, because, from its top floor, you can’t see... Continue Reading →
I couldn’t quite decide whether that statue was smiling or not but she did look beautiful. Montparnasse cemetery. July 2014.
Rue Campagne première, a stone’s throw from the hotel where Man Ray was staying. July 2014 (shot with the super crisp 105mm macro/micro f/2:8 Nikon lens)
A few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon, I came across that Lady who was sculpting with barrier tape over the vent of an underground train. How's that for a long-lasting work of Art? And a few hundred yards further, rue de Rennes, reflections in a modern glass building. Guess what! I never found that... Continue Reading →
End of my report on Antoine Bourdelle's museum. Paul Belmondo will be next. Here's Bourdelle's Orpheus leaning listlessly on his lyre. The nice touch is brought by the Greek columns in the background. Obviously, they are perfectly original. What is absolutely amazing is how my Nikon D600 and the Nikkor 18-85mm lens captured the light... Continue Reading →
Everybody knows Hercules The Archer, Bourdelle's masterpiece. Here it is (and below with a different angle) Boy! that guy looks menacing. Don't forget he is/was a semi-God. I also wanted to know what (who?) he was aiming at...
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.