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Paris Photography

In Paris for a photo assignment – It’s Fashion Week. I have been to many places all over the world, but this is my first time in Paris. Excited because there will be a good balance of work days and off days. I am looking forward to photographing for this project and crossing several items off my bucketlist

I signed a non-disclosure for this assignment, (meaning I can not talk about the job or share the photos since they will belong to the designer),  but I will share other photos from my time here in Paris.

Working on the train to Paris. While still technically working, I am able to  genuinely relax while getting caught up on some necessary reading. I have always enjoyed long train rides.

“Living a life of constant change
Every day means the turn of a page
Yesterdays papers are such bad news
Same thing applies to me and you
Who wants yesterdays papers” Rolling Stones

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This is one of my favorite captures during my time in Paris. The hustle and bustle of the street traffic did not seem to distract this gentleman from reading today’s news.

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I love capturing unexpected moments like this – photojournalism, Noir, and with a hint of an old police detective movie. I was walking back to the apartment after a long work day, camera still in hand, weaving back and forth down various alleyways. This gentleman had been walking behind me the whole time – turn after turn after turn. He was so interesting – strolling along with trench coat, matching hat, and smoking one cigarette after another. I ducked around the corner and snapped a few photos as he walked passed. “Bonsoir sir. ” “Bonsoir Mademoiselle.”

“I walk alone
With my head held high

Never felt that I belonged
Stand my ground at all costs
Running through life with blindfolds
Just for the right – right to be wrong” HammerFall lyrics

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When the Louvre museum first opened it offered only 537 paintings…. I read they now have almost 400,000 pieces of art and it would take 4 months to see everything!!!!! I have always wanted to see the Louvre Pyramids. This is the largest of the 4 pyramids and is the main entrance to the museum. I sat here for several hours. It is so peaceful at night – the crowds have all gone home and only a few die hard photographers remain. I know people back home will ask if I enjoyed the Louvre Museum, while I never stepped foot inside (shocking as that is) I enjoyed every moment standing here in this spot – Modern beauty surrounded by a fortress and palace built hundreds of years ago.

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This is the Seine River. I plan to take a boat trip down it while I am here. Such a touristy thing to do ;-). When I took this photo, it reminded me of the old postcards my grandfather use to have on his fridge.

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Eiffel Tower Facts:
– weighs over 10,000 tons
– joined together by 2.5 million rivets
– to get to top 1665 steps
– 72 names are engraved around Tower – takes 60 tons of paint every 7 years
– most visited paid monument in world .

The Eiffel tower can be seen from just about anywhere in the city, and always looks like it’s just minutes away….My very first night in Paris, I walked to the tower from the apartment. It took over 2 hours. Well worth the walk, . . .but I did take the train back 🙂

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The designer, Gustave Eiffel, also designed the flexible metal skeleton for the Statue of Liberty … In a way, that makes half-sisters of Lady Liberty (a New Yorker) and the Eiffel Tower (a Parisian).
I call this the up-the-skirt shot. I had seen this structure in many photographs and movies, but when you stand here in person, the marvel of it leaves you in awe. It was like I was seeing it for the very first time.

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No matter what angle you see the Eiffel Tower from, she does not disappoint. Here it is standing tall with the trees.

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Last night the Eiffel Tower lit up with pink/purple lights. What a sight to see after another beautiful day in Paris!

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Finished up working early this morning…. so spent the afternoon walking around Paris, eating macaroons, strolling along the river and having a picnic lunch at the Eiffel Tower. (This beer was a gift from Belgium.)

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I had no time for lunch today. Absolutely starving, so I grabbed a snack from the corner store ….Rotisserie chicken flavored potato chips and a mango Fanta.
A few bags of chicken crisps may find their way into my luggage before heading back to the States.! While these sound weird, they are seriously delicious!!!!

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This is my quaint apartment in Paris, where I’ll be living and working (i.e. lots of photoshop and post production editing).
The view out the window is of Notre Dame and the River Seine.

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Street art is very prevalent here. If I stopped every time I saw art, graffiti, or street performer I would never make it to my destination. BUT this one caught my eye! A photographer clicking away on the Paris streets. I would love to do a similar piece and hang it on the outside of my studio back in the US (Atlanta).

“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” Amy Thomas…..

I couldn’t have said it better.

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Maryann Davidson

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

– Dolly Parton, Country Singer

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