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Love Locks

The Pont des Arts is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the River Seine and links the Institute du France and the Palais du Louvre.

 

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The original bridge was built in the early 1800’s under the reign of Napoleon 1. It was the first metal bridge of its kind in Paris. In 1976 the bridge was found to have multiple deficiencies due to bombardments that took place during World War 1 and World War 2 as well as many collisions by boats. The bridge was closed to pedestrians in 1977 and suffered  a partial collapse when a barge rammed into it.

The present bridge was constructed between 1981 and 1984. Today the bridge is also a gathering for artists, painters and photographers with frequent art exhibitions taking place. It’s also famous for the love locks that cover the length of the bridge. Couples place a lock with their names engraved on them on the bridge and then throw the key into the Seine as a romantic gesture. The problem in recent years is that weight of the locks have started to damage the bridge and in fact in June of this year part of the bridge parapet collapsed under all that weight.

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

Pont des Arts, Paris, bridge, love locks, seine, river, travel

 

 

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The General Store

You may think that I purposely seek out these scenes. The quaint restaurants, the picturesque corner stores that are prevalent in Europe.

Maybe subconsciously I do seek them out because I love these scenes. I love shooting them and I love processing them.

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Paris, France, street, store, general store, fruit store, vegetable store, travel photography

Buci News

This store caught my eye as I was walking across the street. Can you guess why?

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Paris, France, street, store, yellow, travel photography

Annie Leibovitz – The Big Book

One of my favourite photographers today is Annie Leibovitz. When Taschen publishers announced a few months ago that they’ve published a new art book of Annie’s work I thought to myself I have to get a copy.

This “Big Book” is about 20in x 28in and comes with its own stand and a retail price of $2500.00.  As much as I’d love a copy of this book, unfortunately, at that price it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting a copy anytime soon but I would have loved to at least see it.

Walking through the St. Germain-des Pres district in Paris one day we stumbled across a Taschen book store and what was displayed in the window…yes…The Big Book. They had one on display inside as well which I was able to flip through (no pictures allowed though) and it was beautiful. I know I’m a geek :)

Taschen, Paris, Annie Leibovitz, Art Book,

 

Taschen, Paris, Annie Leibovitz, Art Book,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prayer

There are so many beautiful sights in Paris but with only 2 days to visit I couldn’t possible see all of them. One that I did get too however was Notre Dame Cathedral.

I have a few images of the cathedral to share with you but I thought I’d start with one of my favourites that I captured.

This was shot handheld at an ISO of 3200. I used Topaz DeNoise to clean up some of the noise. You can use coupon code ELPHOTO to get 15% off any Topaz product.

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Paris, France, Notre Dame, Cathedral, prayer, travel photography

 

Cave à Vin

The corner wine store is a staple in Paris as is this one tucked away on a street in the St. Germain des Pres.

St. Germain des Pres is an area in the 6e arrondissement of Paris on the left bank of the Seine. It was the centre of intellectuals, artists and philosophers and home of the existentialist movement during the time of Jean-Paul Satre. It’s as vibrant today with wonderful cafes and restaurants, museums and galleries and streets teeming with locals and tourists.

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Paris, France, wine shop, graffiti, street photography, travel photography

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