I can’t remember when I first saw ‘Les Horloges’, the statue by Arman that stands in front of St Lazare train station in Paris. I do know that I’ve been fascinated by it from the start, and have tried to shoot it in interesting ways repeatedly. The pigeon couple and the wide-angle shot make it more interesting, don’t they?
*Matter and Anti-Matter*
Powerful sunlight low on the horizon will create these deep projected shadows that I love. As I mentioned in a previous post I’m starting to experiment with how to capture them in an esthetic way, and this is one of those attempts.
*On a Break !*
Paris has more old stone and churches than you might think. I like it when old and new clash in interesting ways. I think these guys were renovating a nearby church or something…
One of the things I love about winter light, besides the soft quality of the light itself is the fact that you get long shadows for a long period of time in the afternoon. I haven’t done much with them, but this is an example of what I’d like to do better going forward.
*The Portal of Shadow and Light*
I love winter light. I know it’s only October, but in Paris the light felt like winter already. I was walking around North of Les Halles when I stumbled upon this church. I think it’s Saint-Nicolas des Champs. Anyway, this door, half in light, half in shadows had the most wonderful detail, and felt like something from a mysterious movie.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 1250
I’d never been to the Musée de l’Homme but last time I was in Paris there was a photo expo there and I walked around the museum at dusk. The architecture and statues are interesting, but when a bird landed on one of the statues I knew I had my shot.
Inside the Crypt
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/140s, ISO 200
It’s not easy to capture the inside of a crypt, especially on a sunny day. You have to find one with the proper orientation to the sun so that the outside isn’t blown and the inside isn’t black. I quite like this shot for that reason.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/150s, ISO 200
The statuary in cemeteries is rarely joyful, but often offers great opportunities for compositions. This is what I tried to do here, framing the statue of the weeping widow in context.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/220s, ISO 200
What I really liked in the Père Lachaise cemetery compared to others I have visited is that parts of it are not nicely laid out and manucured. There are wild areas, where the tombs seem to jut from the ground, the vines have invaded the stones, etc. It feels much more like what I expect a cemetery to feel like, a place forgotten by the living.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Despite living over 10 years near or in Paris I had never walked around the Père Lachaise Cemetary. I strongly recommend it, it’s quite spectacular, in a low-key an occasionally macabre way.