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To Be a Child in Paris

4.21.2016
To be a child in Paris
To be a child in Paris
To be a child in Paris

Oh the tales they'll tell about growing up in this eternal city 

Magnolias | Jardin du Palais Royal

4.14.2016
Paris Spring Jardin du Palais Royal
Paris Spring Jardin du Palais Royal
Paris Spring Jardin du Palais Royal
Paris Spring Jardin du Palais Royal
Paris Spring Jardin du Palais Royal
Paris Spring Jardin du Palais Royal

Spring in Paris has finally begun to fill the city with pockets of color... and one of the main attractions is always the dusty pink magnolia buds at the Jardin du Palais Royal. Hoping your Spring is filled with beautiful blooms and plenty of sunshine!



Girl in a Café | Paris

4.03.2016
Paris cafe, Paris in black and white

What is her story I wonder...



On the Cusp of Spring | Paris

3.29.2016
Paris apartment
Paris apartment
Paris apartment

We waited so long for the beginnings of Spring, so ready to shed all traces of Winter. But once Spring officially arrived, it told us to remain patient still... so we sit on the cusp of two opposing seasons however far our feet dangle over the edge ready to leap onto the other side. The temperatures are slowly ticking upwards, but ever so slowly. Soft sunlight beckons us in the morning and tricks us into believing we can fling open the windows.

These days of transition are paralleled all around us, our societies in a constant state of change. And for me, at home, my boys are getting older, becoming more and more independent, more unlike little boys, also making that shift from one stage of boyhood to another. This beautiful bittersweet ballad plays on and on and on...

The Real Voyage of Discovery

3.23.2016

Most people are often courteous of my taking photographs around the city. They wait until I take the shot or run across quickly... only every now and then is someone unhappy with my shooting, I'm in their way or they've had enough of the interminable amount of people taking photos of their beloved city so they make sure I know about it.

But the other morning in the Tuileries Gardens, I had a wonderfully rare encounter. A woman approached me with the most inquisitive face and asked why I was shooting so many photos of Paris' ubiquitous green chairs. I mentioned how symbolic of Paris they are (at least to me), how much I love their shape and form, and that I know others who feel the same way. Her puzzled face lit up into a smile... she said she never really looked at them in any special way, they were more or less utilitarian, spread throughout the city, always there. I shared how they were special to me, very often like companions on my photowalks. They seem to have a character of their own - alert and ready or lounging and tired. The one above I shot because it invited me to sit down and stay awhile, enjoy the view and the sunlight on this mild winter morning.

As we said our bonne journées, the woman began to walk away and then turned to take a long second look at the chairs and smiled. Like that wise Marcel Proust once said, "the real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but seeing with new eyes."

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