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Mossy path and sunlight earlier today in a rainforest in Martinique.
An unforgettable experience.
I am going to Paris!
I am really, really over-the-moon excited to announce that I will be going to Paris in March.
I have been invited by the France’s official tourism agency to take photos of Paris and other various sites of interest in close proximity to Paris.
What will happen with this photography? Well, that’s the other exciting news! This voyage has been planned in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Liberation of Paris in 1944. To celebrate this amazing time in France’s history and its impact on modern-day Paris, my photography will be displayed in a gallery event at The Park Avenue Armory here in NYC in late April.
The 1940s time period is near and dear to my heart as my mother and her family were victims of World War II. They survived being held in labor and concentration camps for a number of years and after the war ended they were able to traverse Europe freely and eventually make their way over to the United States.
I grew up hearing about The Liberation of Paris and the surrounding events that marked the end of World War II. The Liberation of Paris in particular meant so much to my mother because it was one of the most enduring symbols of the end of World War II and her family’s freedom. I am beyond thrilled that I will be photographing Paris to celebrate what the Liberation of Paris has meant both for the citizens of France but also for the world.
I could think of no better collection of images to convey my excitement for this incredible adventure I will be embarking on than the work of Robert Doisneau. Doisneau’s body of work has had an immeasurable impact on my own photography. His images of Paris throughout the occupation, through the Liberation as well as after the Liberation phenomenally capture the mood of the time in such a powerful way.
1.- Les Jardins du Champs de Mars, Paris, 1944
2.- Au Bon Coin, Saint-Denis 1945
3.- A Snapshot of Victory, August 1944
4.- Typist, Square du Vert Galant, Paris 1947
5.- Le Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville, 1950
6.- Bastille Day, 1949
7.- Pierrette d’Orient strolls along, 1953
8.- The Last Waltz on Bastille Day,1949
Visit: Rendezvous En France
Images: Robert Doisneau - Paris (a book I own and highly recommend)
I am so incredibly touched by this testimonial I just found on Flickr about my work (I have included the photo he is referring to in this post).
It made me cry. Totally speechless…
"If I had a nickel for every time a fellow photog has assured me that he or she could make "award-winning" pictures with a shoebox, thumbtack & some electrical tape, I’d carry brand new Leica M8s in my pocket to pass out to panhandlers instead of the odd dollar bill.
Vivienne, to the best of my knowledge, has never said this. But she’s the one I’d actually believe if she did.
I mean, consider how challenging it is to take some of the humblest photo gear—cell phone cam or point & shoot—-into what is historically one of the most photographed cities in the world, & create images of familiar scenes that are also unfamiliar—new & fresh & utterly inspiring.
Take the example of her Doyers Street photo. After displaying an instinctively brilliant sense of composition, Vivienne just lets the soft light do its thing, following the curved alley, petering out gently against the darkening facades. Look at the progression of color in the brickwork, counterpointed by the more vivid awnings.
There’s some Vermeer-level shit going on here color & light wise.
Note the figure of the girl in the white dress who appears to be gazing at the tourists at the far end. Is her left hand held up to her face in apprehension? Or is she talking on her cell? Who cares? The gesture is as elegant as it is eloquent.
Finally you see how crappy the tarmac is, rainwater notwithstanding, & there’s garbage & recyclables tucked discretely but visibly in the corners: this really is NYC, baby, not some fancy-schmancy studio set maintained by an army of eager photo assistants that you could never yourself afford.
It’s nothing more than a single, & utterly precious moment in time preserved for posterity by someone who understands that the photographer’s most important tools are the ones on either side of her nose.
That’s just one example. & given that testimonials are recommended to be 100,000 words or less, I won’t try to dissect any others. Suffice to say that I first took notice of Vivienne’s work when I realized an astonishing sky scape she’d posted here or on tumblr hadn’t used a Hasselblad, but rather an iPhone!
Vivienne’s work inspires me & it teaches me (at probably twice her age) that there is always a new way to see something, however familiar it might be to you or others. Furthermore, she shows you that even when confronted with a scene that makes you feel as though you’re facing Godzilla with a Zippo, you can still give him a pretty good hotfoot.
Now that she’s gone full-frame sensor I’m honestly exhilarated anticipating how far her esthetic reach will extend.”
You know, I tell my close, close friends all the time that I wonder sometimes if people understand where I am coming from because sometimes the whole process of art, writing, and photography can feel so isolating.
You pour your heart out into your writing, photography, or whatever it is that you do to release the storm of narratives and emotions inside and you release it all to the world in tiny torrents and hope people see past the gleam on the water’s surface.
And you can only hope that someone out there “gets it”. And when they do, it’s the best (if not scariest) feeling in the world.
I have a pretty big announcement that I will be making this week regarding my photography!
Really excited. In the meantime, these are just some silly photos I took while playing with the gorgeous light in my hotel room in San Diego last week. It was the end of the journey after a whirlwind 3 days and I just wanted to capture the happiness I was feeling.
I was posting most of my California updates to my Facebook while I was away if you are curious: Here is my Facebook.
More NYC posts and my big announcement coming up this week (plus my recap of the experience I had in California)! ♥