Paris in Short

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I’m not a big travel photographer – you know it by now – and I don’t really like to carry my camera around my neck/shoulder all the time (otherwise it feels like I’m perpetually working). Still, when I went to Paris to visit J a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t resist taking a couple shots.

For your information, all images were captured with J’s Canon Rebel T2i, most of them with the stock 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 Canon kit lens, and some with CMK Media’s 17-35 f/2.8 Nikon lens (used with adapter). It sure felt good to have a light camera with me after having to carry a Scarlett and a 7D in my bag for two weeks in China! :)

At the Bastille on the day of the French Presidential election (below).

And now, something I’m very excited about: Daniel Buren’s  in-situ art installation for Monumenta. An absolute must-see if you’re in Paris between now and June 21st.

(Description below courtesy of The Guardian).

The 2012 Monumenta site-specific commission in the vast, airy nave ofParis’s Grand Palais is like being plunged into a pool of coloured light.Daniel Buren is the fifth artist to take on the annual Monumenta projectin the belle epoch Grand Palais, originally built for the 1900 World Fair. It is a far more daunting site than Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. If the scale doesn’t get to you, the architecture does.

A canopy of hundreds of horizontal circles, each touching the next, some larger, some smaller, some a little higher, some lower, fill the space. Each open steel O is stretched with a membrane of translucent plastic film, either in blue, yellow, orange or green. These are supported by black and white vertical posts, so many that they become a forest, half-drowned in colour and shadow.

Lastly, just a little recommendation for anyone going to Paris that enjoys contemporary art: you must go to the Palais the Tokyo, one of the most strikingly/hauntingly beautiful places I have had the pleasure to visit, ever! The Triennale going on right now is a rich blend of photo, video, sculpture, painting, anthropology, and pure weirdness/smarts/amazingness. Big fat wow!

Enjoy your day, wherever you may be! – CP


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