Bonjour Mon Ami

Yes as correctly guessed by Print and Pattern I am in Paris, or to be precise I am on the Eurostar back to Blighty. As avid readers of this blog will know going to Paris is on my bucket list and this week I have finally been able to tick it off.

Quite simply the place is a photographers haven, with every street and every building oozing with such beauty. The sights that define the city are of course photographic but away from the hustle and bustle (and the tour groups) is where the city really shows her beauty.

There are of course negative points I have come away with. The tour groups that clog the city is sadly something that takes away from it’s charm. The best example was in the Louvre. A place full to bursting with the world’s finest art and yet tour groups (as well as others) focus purely on the one piece, the Mona Lisa. Don’t get me wrong she is beautiful but as the photograph shows people dont go there bask in her beauty or appreciate the artist. It is simply to show that they were there. I know as a photographer that may sound hypocritical but I don’t photograph paintings I put the camera away (for once) and view the art as it was intended, not through a lens.

Grumbling aside, I loved Paris. It is a city of love and I have fallen for her.

The way she makes coffee, her effortless style, the way she looks as the sun sets and rises, her culture, her intellect.

Everyday she became more and more impossibly stunning.

So over the next few weeks I will be posting a variety of Parisian photographs from all over the stunning city. Because you cannot capture such vast allure in one photograph so a collage will have to do.

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17 thoughts on “Bonjour Mon Ami

  1. Noeline Smith says:

    I’ve been to Paris twice. The first time was a disaster! It was with my parents who had borrowed a book “Europe on $15 a day”. This was a while ago so not so bad as you might think – however, the book was about 10 years old when they borrowed it! I hated Paris 😦
    The second time I was older and self funded 🙂 and I remember one day vividly. It was autumn, blue sky, perfect temperature, the leaves were turning and I was up at Sacre Coeur. Someone was playing the pan pipes somewhere and the music floated wistfully with no apparent source – it was all too much for me and I was moved to tears. The place, the day, the atmospere and something in my heart – it was such a beautiful experience that I couldn’t help myself. Needless to say my opinions about Paris were transformed!

    • James Dunn says:

      Gosh but I bet you had some amazing stories from the first time of things going horribly wrong! I think the view and the atmosphere at Sacre Coeur was my favourite part of Paris but your experience of the place sounds like a whole other level of beauty. I think I would be crying with you!

  2. VM Sehy says:

    I agree with you about the Mona Lisa. I went to Paris 13 years ago, and it looks like the crowds have only gotten worse. And no one slows down and really looks at it. You can’t really with everyone else pressing at you. I, for one, was not that impressed. Fortunately, our tour guide showed us some other paintings which he seemed to be more fond of. Also, he was quite an expert on the sculptures they have there. I really liked that part of his tour. What made me sad is there was no time left over to wander and look at some of the paintings that I would have enjoyed more. Next time I go, it’s on my own and I’m taking my time through there.

    • James Dunn says:

      Sadly I have to say very little has changed. Luckily I went for a coffee and came back calmer and more appreciative of the other beautiful pieces of art. The crowds have made the Mona Lisa less impressive in my mind. Very sad.

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