The City of Lights might well be the most beautiful in the world depending on who you ask and who has spent time wandering the various arrondissements. Surrounded in history, museums, architectural details, astounds and surprises, and love for food-simple and complex. Paris is a magical place to spend free time exploring. Plenty of great photographers have explored the city and left their unique and memorable images from their times roaming Paris by day or night. Jacques Henri Lartigue, Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Atget, Willy Ronis, William Klein, Andre Kertesz, Louis Daguerre are just a few of the great photographers along with the many painters, Manet, Degas, Monet, Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, Renoir, Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse. This brief list does not even include musicians, writers, poets, playwrights, and sculptors who influenced how we see ourselves in one of the great cities in the world. Many would think that Paris is stuck in the past, but that would too easily discredit the innovative and contemporary solutions many Parisians evolve to. Paris has always been a place for creative spirits to experiment and grow their crafts to an audience who understood and appreciated art's importance in their everyday lives.
My work is about seeing what is occurring at the very moment while I am out and walking the city. Although I have a few destinations mapped out, the details and small moments I come across are reflected in this series of photographs. I get up early in the morning and explore the city before it wakes up. Then, I will work throughout the day to stay out until I have run out of daylight while walking and using the Metro to as many areas of the city as reasonable. Often accompanied by my son Henry and my daughter Imogene and former wife, we would set out for destinations, sometimes heading for a main tourist attractions such as Les Invalides or the Eiffel Tower, but on the way there or afterward, we would explore the local neighborhoods searching for food and photographs. At other times I would head out by myself to move more quickly with fewer distractions. As a result, I enjoy the iconic destinations and structures and the everyday commonplace where people conduct their daily lives.
I will continue adding new images to be included in this blog posting as they are completed.
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