Archive for mai, 2009

Sound Slideshow : Albert Kahn’s Garden

Dimanche, mai 31st, 2009

Albert Kahn was a banker that dedicated his fortune to photograph in color the world in the first three decades of last century. His ultimate goal was to build an archive were all of the people of the world would be documented. He also created a wonderful garden close to the Boulogne Woods that is probably one of the most beautiful in Paris. As he went bankrupt in the Great Depression, the city of Boulogne bought his property. His huge archive is now part of the museum that borders the Gardens. The slide-show will bring you in this magnificent park where kids, couples or lonesome wanderers all enjoy this little haven within the city.

Click here or on picture to launch slide-show.

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Leica M8 with mainly 35mm Lux Asph and 75mm Summarit.

Faraway shoppers

Samedi, mai 30th, 2009

People come from all around the world to visit Paris and …. go shopping. Especially true for couples, while this is a romantic destinations, Sirs, you will have to bring Madam to the Galeries Lafayette for one evening at least.        (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160

Women of Rivoli

Vendredi, mai 29th, 2009

Women, be it in a movie or live, this man definitely must have been dazed by this wonderful scenery on Avenue de Rivoli   (click on picture)

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Sigma DP2, 24mm at F6.3, ISO200

Disney, 6am

Jeudi, mai 28th, 2009

The Champs-Elysées is such a different avenue early in the morning. A few souls leaving the dance clubs slowly leave their place to the inflows of delivery truck that replenish the numerous store. The great world of Disney looks like any common place, hopefully all kids are still asleep at that moment.      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph af F1.4, ISO640

Marylin’s comeback

Mercredi, mai 27th, 2009

On the lower part of Les Champs-Elysées, I thought for a second that Marylin had just appeared. Yet, it was probably a couple of young people spending a glamourous night on the avenue.      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO640

Ride to the Seine

Mardi, mai 26th, 2009

As hot days return, it is obviously tempting to get on a motorbike, cruise across the city and end up for a little sunbathing on the shores of the Seine River.       (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

Mini all the way

Lundi, mai 25th, 2009

I wonder whether this man was the owner of the mini and proudly wore a matching jersey ….      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 75mm Summarit at F4, ISO160

Romeo of the Bastille

Dimanche, mai 24th, 2009

Never a good idea to count on public transportations when you are late to a « rendez-vous » …. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160

Abandoned in the storm

Samedi, mai 23rd, 2009

Of course this kid wasn’t abandoned in this afternoon’s sudden flurries. Yet she did have a hard time keeping up with the rythm imposed by her family as the wind hitting her umbrella slowed her down.      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

Big cat is going to get you …

Vendredi, mai 22nd, 2009

Never a good idea to be lost in your inner world in unattended streets, a big mean cat could be waiting at any corner ….        (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160

Out of Heaven

Jeudi, mai 21st, 2009

Though it looked like this charming warder was guarding to an outside paradise, she was waiting patiently for people leave a little Heaven within Paris; the wonderful Garden of Plants (Jardin des Plantes)   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

Haven of peace in Crime City

Mercredi, mai 20th, 2009

Saint-Denis, only 5 miles away from downtown Paris, owns the sad record of criminality in France. Of course, we are not talking murders as France is still a country where violent crimes are not a common fact, but thefts, riots and drug traffic. So very few would believe that Saint-Denis also can look like a common countryside town where people will come for a midday rest contemplating the slow flow of the Seine River.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Sigma DP2, 24mm at F5.6, ISO100

Berets forever

Mardi, mai 19th, 2009

Berets are an icon of French fashion, yet they are also part of the Frenchman stereotype : a baguette in one hand and a beret over the head. Nevertheless, it is still carried extensively in Paris, just like this young couple sitting on a stairway in Montmartre that surely did succeed in creating a nice modern « Boheme » look.      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

Around Europe : Barcelona, a walk through Poble Sec

Lundi, mai 18th, 2009

This second sound slides on Barcelona  brings you in the atmosphere of Poble Sec, an immigrants neighbourhood located close to Montjuic. Opposite to the music that presupposes a violent quarter, the only weapons found are the smiles of kids and friendly inhabitants.    (click on picture to start soundslides)

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Leica M8 with mostly 35mm Summilux Asph.

The baker of Notre Dame

Dimanche, mai 17th, 2009

It is quite a unusual sight to see a baker walking around the Notre Dame place with a tray of freshly baked bread. But it was a common scene this weekend during the Paris Bread Fair. You could see a live bakery and the whole process of making bread. A bit like a movie was being shot, and with a main actor, a Devilish baker (see below) ;)       (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

Cinderella’s big night at Montmartre

Samedi, mai 16th, 2009

At the bottom of the hill leading to the Sacré Coeur Basilica, I encontered this girl sittig on the ramp opposite to the famous Merry-round. It seemed that she was getting ready for a big night. I hope she did not lose one of the shoes on the way back at midnight …       (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at 1.4, ISO160

Downtown playgrounds

Vendredi, mai 15th, 2009

One could think that it is now impossible to enjoy team sports in Paris. While few play grounds remain active, you will still find people playing football or basketball in wonderful surroundings. Top award for boldness goes for the boys playing street football on the forecourt of the Basilique Notre Dame des Victoires (third picture)           (click on pictures to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, ISO160

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Leica M8 with 35mm Nokton at 1.2, ISO160

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F5.6, ISO160

Controverses Exhibit

Jeudi, mai 14th, 2009

If you plan to be in Paris over the next 10 days, you absolutely need to visit the Controverses exhibit. It displays pictures that gave rise to big controversies over the last century. Be it the Benetton religious kiss, Bresson’s nude picture of Leonor Fini of the Ground Zero Hand, all these pictures have marked the history of photography, for the good or the bad. You will be your own judge.

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Sigma DP2 at F5.6, ISO100

Chinese weddings

Mercredi, mai 13th, 2009

Paris seems to have become a very popular destination for weddings celebrations, especially for people from China and other Asiatic countries. So on weekends, you will probably see newly wed couples almost waiting in queue in front of the Concorde fountains to have their picture taken. This bride turn was obviously getting closer as she looked around anxiously for her husband.      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, ISO160

My car is cuter than yours …

Mardi, mai 12th, 2009

This is what this little kid might have been thinking as the Lamborghini driver lets the little group cross in front of him. Same color, yet the stroller was probably much more comfortable though undeniably … slower     (click on picture to enlarge)

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Sigma DP2 at F3.2, ISO200