I am tired of my own hiatus from France Daily Photo, of my lack of discipline and self-indulgence. At the same time, I am my own worst critic, as they say. Regular readers know I had knee replacement surgery in November, and the road to recovery has been riddled with potholes.
YET, this is not my reason for nailing myself today in front of the computer. I really do miss diving into French culture, history and joie de vivre … and sharing it with you. I just discovered a show that sounds interesting, one hosted by the Maison Européenne de le Photographie (MEP) on rue de Fourcy in Paris. In essence, the organization has tasked some the world’s greatest photographers with the unique assignment of capturing Paris in images. Other photographers have taken up the challenge in years past, but this year the British photographer Martin Parr wandered the streets of Paris to provide his own view.
I find it interesting to ponder what people “choose” to see and do in Paris. Parr’s show includes a plethora of tourist photos – massing on Notre Dame’s revered steps or taking their own snapshots of Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
My husband and I have a deep and abiding love for Paris; and our own photos and experiences flash before me, as I consider this ‘capture Paris’ assignment… of stunning window displays and the sad sight of homeless men on the cold sidewalks of Paris. Of the buzz of models and photographers during a shoot in the Galerie Vivienne. Of the tired old man on a bench in front of the carousel laden with happy children. Of those little tête-à-tête moments you see in every café, on every corner of Paris.
I include a few of our photos and encourage you to re-live your own memories of Paris, as you plan your next trip!
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