As with many images, this one happened upon me (rather than me planning it) as I walked down the street in Paris.
This is from a series I shot for a street photography class I was fortunate to take from Peter Turnely. My series was called “Paris by Design.”
street cafe, Paris (France)
© 2008 erin dunigan
tango along the Seine
Another shot from my “Streets of Paris” photography workshop with Peter Turnely…. One evening a few of us heard that there would be people dancing the tango along the Seine at sunset, so we headed out. What I love about this shot is the casual movement of the couple in the foreground juxtaposed with the formal pose of the couple toward the rear.
a man playing the guitar in the Paris subway
This is another shot from my “Streets of Paris” photography workshop. As I was walking through the subway tunnel, I saw (and heard) this man playing guitar. Something about the juxtaposition of the man with the guitar, against the tile background, caught my eye, so, in the midst of the crowds I waited for a break in the people and got this image.
Sunset view of the Eiffel Tower
In the spring of 2006 I had the opportunity to take a “Streets of Paris” photography workshop, taught by Peter Turnely. For ten days we spent our time roaming the streets of Paris, searching and waiting for images, ‘making photos’ as he referred to it, rather than ‘taking photos.’ On a previous visit to Paris (while living in Scotland) I had gone to the top of the Montparnasse Tower to see the skyline view. So, I decided to head up there again and wait for the sunset.
I’m on the way back from the Paris lost & found, still sans camera, but with a couple of key bits of information:
1. The email of a guy in Lost & Found who speaks English. I’m supposed to email him to see if the camera arrives.
2. The fact, according to English speaking guy, that things like cameras do get turned in sometimes–even wallets with money in them.
3. The knowledge that your tax dollars are hard at work–apparently if lost items are found the Lost & Found cannot ship them to the US. It us the US Embassy that has to pick them up.
“Oh great,” I said, upon hearing that news.
“It is no problem,” said my new English speaking friend and source of information. “They come here regularly to pick up the items that Americans leave in Paris.”
Really?! I wonder who has that job…?
Today is our last full day in Paris, the last day of my month-long round the world journey–other than the 26+ hour trip home…
How better to spend the last day than in search of my camera at the Paris lost and found…? Actually, we had a nice breakfast out in the Marais, and I’ve just dropped my mom off at the Picasso Museum–supposedly the best collection of Picasso in the world–while I’m making the trek back to the Paris Lost and Found.
We did go on Friday, in search of my lost camera, but were told that was much too early for it to be there. I’m not all that optimistic that it will be there, but it seems worth at least checking. Supposedly things do show up there, so I guess we’ll see.
If a picture is worth 1000 words, here are a few thousand (after a long day of Museum-ing–Orsay, Rodin, Napolean’s tomb–I’m exhausted!) words for today: