I had the opportunity to travel – I always consider travel a very fortunate opportunity – to Europe. The first place on the itinerary was Paris. In a way, such a heavily filmed and broadcast city was always going to give me an element of ummm… deja vu without even having experienced it before.
Perhaps the things best discovered and best photographed are the familiar sights from new perspectives. When you have the chance to physically move around then you discover new little things – the viewpoints which are part of an immersive experience that the two dimensional world can’t convey.
The Eiffel Tower in the early light of dawn. Once called a glorified lamp post by a critique – and it had several of them – these days I suspect every night time lamp on the Tower, in a way, represents one of those critiques.
It’s only when you’re inside the structure that you realise how the Tower is a marvel of hollowness. Everything you take for granted as being solid is, in fact, thin cast iron plates and angles that have a standard size.
The month of February isn’t what you’d call the best time to visit Paris if you are looking for sunny weather. Fortunately there is ample space inside the entrance of the Lourve from which the stormy skies can be observed from a perfectly climate controlled environment.
There is one advantage to jet lag and wet weather – it does allow you to get up fresh as a daisy at 5 in the morning and walk to the very quiet river and parts of the city with camera and tripod.
There were three weeks in this trip and Paris was the first three days of them. I won’t spam you with posts about Europe, Europe, Europe all the time but keep tuned as I make my way through the image collection.