96 Hours in Paris – Part Two

“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”

– Marion Cotillard

It is hard to put into words why I love this city so much.  Paris is many things;  beautiful at times, dirty at others, but always… always… Paris is inspiring.

I think it must be an aggregate of the simple things:  in a city full of historic landmarks, it is the artists who paint the Seine by day and the people that drink wine by the river at night that inspire me.  It is the endless life on the café patios and the boulevards, the boats on the river, the birds that fly overhead and the children that play in the parks.  Walking the streets and alleyways of Paris you pass a bride getting photos done one block, then see a homeless person urinating on a wall the next.  Somehow, this all manages to blend together into a beautiful cacophony of life that screams to be photographed.

Paris is a story that is never finished, and every day in the city is an opportunity to write a new chapter…

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Note:   All photos taken with the Fuji X100F, or the Fuji X-Pro2 with the 14mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/2 lens, using the Acros film simulation.

96 Hours in Paris – Part One

I am consumed by the city.  This isn’t my first trip here, nor will it be my last, but the magic, the wonderment, it never goes away.  My mind takes in the people, the sounds, the smells, the architecture, the beauty that lays at times under a thin veneer of grime and I am held in its sway.  This city has a soul.

Walking through history on streets that are more than a thousand years old, streets built long before my country was born, I can’t stop seeing things to shoot.  Dichotomy applies:  I miss my wife, my daughter, my dog… but I am an artist in Paris with nothing but my camera and free time to create.

And so I do…

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Note:   All photos taken with the Fuji X100F, or the Fuji X-Pro2 with the 14mm f/2.8 or the 50mm f/2 lens, using the Acros film simulation.

A Beam of Light

It was one of those all too common days in the life of a working creative, the type of day that doesn’t involve a camera:  Admin.  Billing.  Accounting.  Marketing.  Planning.  Client meetings.  Client follow up.  Resource management.  Writing.  Editing.  Processing… it was a day of doing the tasks that keep the trains running on time.  It was a day of doing “the work”.

And then a 7 month old Labrador Retriever puppy, who has sat patiently at your feet all day long while you work,  lies down in the perfect beam of light.  You stop what you are doing for a few minutes, grab your camera, and make photos for no reason other than it is what you love to do.  You get to be an artist again, and it is a wonderful thing.

Note:  All photos taken with the Fuji X100F, using the Acros film simulation.