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Maman's Paris

3.01.2015

I was recently asked how I see Paris as a mother,… and I thought the best way to answer is through photographs. A few images for now that begin to scrape the surface of an evolving answer. I see a city that I thought I knew so well unfold before me from a three foot high perspective of wide-eyed wonder and punctuated play. Faded into the background is the Paris soaking in my sentimentalities, it becomes instead a jungle of extraordinary play spaces and boundless immediacy.

What my boys allow me to see is far more than what I see without them. I feel so very fortunate to be able to capture these magical vanishing moments of them against the timeless backdrop of Paris...


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This post is dedicated to my beloved brother Paul [#leica]

24 comments

  1. It's so true ... we always see more through the eyes of a child. What fun photos!

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  2. Oh my. To be raise children with Paris as a backdrop. Such an experience!

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  3. Your sons seem to be thoroughly enjoying their new environment as do you.

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  4. Paris through the exploration of children. These will be precious reminders to them someday. What happy faces!

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  5. This was a wonderful perspective on Paris, and children. They certainly have a different agenda and see different things. I loved this post.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia... It's been said it would take several lifetimes to discover all of Paris, and I feel I'm just skimming the surface. And to think how much I would've missed after a couple lifetimes without the guidance of my two boys :)

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  6. Yes I agree, what a wonderful perspective to see Paris with boys being boys at the popular landmarks

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  7. Love, joy, closeness! Happy children - happy parents! Beautiful images.

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  8. Absolutely beautiful photographs. You will have plenty of material to make a special album for them one day.

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  9. beautiful images as always that tell a story. How wonderful to see Paris as a resident and seeing it through the eyes of your children. It looks so cold though! Too cold for salad! Stay warm and have a wonderful week.

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    1. Exactly Jill, it was so cold during these outings! Their croque-monsieurs came with a salad (which they hardly touched!)... the first to go was their giant cups of hot chocolate ;)

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  10. Love this set of photos. I just wrote a piece about how I wish I would have captured more of this during our time in Europe.

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  11. This is a beautiful shot of your boys. when I see beautiful kids' photos like this I always think what great tresure they will have when they grow up.

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  12. Oh my God... this made me remember a trip we took with the girls to Paris when they were about that age... I have very similar of them on the exact same spot, and with blue jackets and blue skirts... I would have to send you that picture! Love your post!

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    1. Oh Carolina! I'd love to see the photo of your beautiful girls frolicking in Paris! :)

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  13. These are magical and make me ache for this sort of life as art.

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  14. WOW!! the first one is one of my favorite! I would love to read what your favorite spots are, but maybe i will ask that to you the first time I'll be in Paris again ;)

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    1. I'm slowly putting together a list Barbara and would love to share it with you... in the meantime, I'm eating my way through the city (yikes! ;)

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  15. What a beautiful reflection on what it means to be a mother...and seeing the world through the eyes of our children. Well said! Thank you!

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  16. Beautiful shots - thanks so much for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/its-official-im-sick-of-winter.html

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  17. What a great perspective! To see this side of Paris certainly tames the overall feel. Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, please visit us again next week!

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  18. Thank you all so much for your kind comments :) xo

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  19. Love how you coin your sentiments into words - so poetic... Literary. It's a pleasure to read.

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