Parisian Art

I love this watercolour of Notre Dame in winter, and managed to get the same shot as a photo. I’ve walked from Notre Dame down to Pont Neuf in those conditions and the pictures don’t depict how the cold wind cuts right through your coat no matter how thick!

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Here’s a much warmer one, showing Square Barye at the eastern end of Ile Saint-Louis, viewed from  Quai Saint-Bernard. Again, I have a photo of the same view. It looks lovely but is actually very disappointing – the view from Square Barye eastwards is completely uninteresting and the end of eastern end of Ile Saint-Louis stinks like a urinoir.

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If we define art as “the expression of creative skill  in a form that can be appreciated for its beauty and emotional power”, then all of the following are also art, even though I don’t have matching paintings:

The following are winter (taken 04.01.14) and summer shots of a little restaurant called Au Vieux Paris dArcole, at  24 Rue Chanoinesse tucked away in the lanes to the north of Notre Dame:

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I’m particularly impressed with these three shots from Pont de la Tournelle looking west towards Notre Dame:

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CC BY-NC-ND Bruno Monginoux www.photo-paysage.com www.landscape-photo.net

This one is taken from Quai de la Tournelle looking east towards Pont de la Tournelle, just before sunset when the summer evening sun light is at its best:

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The  Place Monge fontaine didn’t always look this good:

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In my opinion, the 19th century iron bridges over  Canal Saint-Martin definitely count as art:

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As does much of the Paris Metro, both above and below ground, particularly the station called ” Arts & Metiers”, designed to look like the inside of one of Jules Verne’s submarines!

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Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II

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But it’s not all good news, the redundant market at Les Halles could have been Paris’ Covent Garden, instead they demolished it and replaced it with a ghastly ’70s shopping centre, just look at what they lost:

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It was after I left Paris, but I love this celebration of the Accord de Paris Climate Change Treaty which came into effect on 4th  November 2016:

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Does formatting your photos in monochrome make them into art? Not necessarily, but the last two are hanging on my bedroom wall, the ultimate definition of art!

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But art can be ambiguous, the meaning can change according to context and can mean different things to different viewers. The next photo  has obvious symbolism to unsophisticated Anglo-Saxon eyes, but I took it in the grounds of the Collège des Bernardins, 20 Rue de Poissy, 75005 where they train Catholic priests, so it presumably also has a deeper theological symbolism beyond our comprehension? So I conclude my views on art (a subject of which I profess very little expertise) with a warning of the dangers of the faux ami, words that seem to mean one thing but actually mean another. The last photo shows a gloriously over the top, overly extravagant art nouveau entrance. Apparently the architect just wanted a door knob!

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