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Sunday 12 August 2012

Glass Waves at the Opéra de Paris


Glass Waves


Ondes de verre

Architect Odile Decq, head of ODBC, has created a restaurant inside the Opéra Garnier in Paris - with the constraint of not touching pillars or ceilings, of remaining completely reversible, should the restaurant be closed at the end of its lease. (See here for the site of the restaurant "l'Opéra", and here for the Website of ODBC) Ondulationg glass walls weave around the pillars and provide very special reflecting surfaces.
The white mezzanine makes the reflections a bit awkward to catch; nevertheless, the results are unique and quite surprising: you seem to be seeing the Flatiron building transposed from New York to Paris. Also, the reflection drives a wedge though the vaulted ceiling, blending old and new, inside and outside - a degree of freedom reserved for the photographer whose substance of work is ephemeral.

Flatiron à Paris "Flatiron in Paris"

Flatiron à l'Opéra "Flatiron à l'Opéra Restaurant"

Paris Opéra "Double Feature"


Thursday 18 March 2010

Exhibition - Exposition - Ausstellung

Two Exhibitions in One - deux expositions en une :

* Reflets - Réflexions
* Portraits

2 - 26 mai 2010 Salle des Moufus
bvd Carnot, Collobrières

Prolongation d'une semaine - extended by one week

Note the changed venue - attention au changement de lieu

Expo Reflets-Réflexions Avril 2010 Expo Portraits avril 2010

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Wednesday 12 August 2009

Paris: Beaubourg - Centre Pompidou

Beaubourg Rue Rambuteau_1

Outside-in / inside-out
Aussen und innen
Extérieur - intérieur

As promised in the last posting, I come back to the topics of "inside-out / outside-in” and "museum and the city". These topics will probably keep my imagination busy for a while, and I will have to revisit places again and again, in order to refine my images and come closer to what I would like them to be.
Comments and proposals for improvements are very welcome.

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Monday 16 February 2009

Reflets - réflexions : Port d'Hyères

Port d'Hyères, soir

Spring, evening lights in the water
Printemps, la lumière du soir dans l'eau
Frühling, Abendlicht im Wasser

We are still back at 25 January, the same day we discovered the mimosas in full bloom. (See the posting before this one).
Ending the day with a coffee on the quay of the port of Hyères, I was able to chase a few more reflections in the water. The port of Hyères is rather "modern" and mostly devoid of charme. Nevertheless, the soft evening light and the palm-trees at the edge of the harbour basin made for a few nice images. At least I hope you agree they are nice.

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Sunday 1 February 2009

Vineyards and the Massif des Maures at Gonfaron

Gonfaron Massif des Maures

Fog clearing below the Massif des Maures
Nebel lichtet sich am Fuss des Massif des Maures
Le brouillard se lève au pied du Massif des Maures

31 January marked the end of the season for "season greetings" in France. This extended season gives French people a lot more time than those in most other countries to recover from celebrations before sending their New Year's wishes. It shows we have a different sense of time. (I say "we" since I have adapted a long time ago. Having to be exactly on time has become a strain...)
So it is time, even in France, to follow the greetings-entry of this blog with a new posting.

Even though we have already had a glimpse of spring last Sunday (25 January) seeing the mimosas blossom in Bormes les Mimosas, let us first come back to the spot that figured on the greeting card in the last posting.

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Saturday 27 December 2008

Bonne année - Happy New Year - Ein glückliches Neues Jahr

Bonne année 2009

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Thursday 28 August 2008

Exposition de photos à Collobrières / Atelier de portraits

Exposition / Exhibition : 6 - 19 septembre 2008, Atelier Agosta

Mat dansant

“Reflets – Réflexions”
“Spiegelungen – Reflektionen”

"Mat dansant"

(Cliquez sur l'image pour l'agrandir)

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Thursday 14 June 2007

La Défense #14: Kupka-Polis

Kupka, Passerelle Japonaise

A City in the Kupka Building

Toute une ville dans l'immeuble Kupka

Eine ganze Stadt im Kupka-Gebäude

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Saturday 9 June 2007

La Défense #13: End of an Era

Tour Aurore

End of an Era
Fin d'une ère
Ende einer Ära

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Saturday 26 May 2007

La Défense #11: Tour Descartes

Tours Descartes et Europlaza

Built in 1988 (architects URQUIJO, MACCOLA and WILLERVAL) and renovated in 2000, Tour Descartes houses the IBM headquarters.

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Saturday 12 May 2007

The renewal of La Défense

Construction - 07_0114_La-Def_L2_29

Le renouveau de la Défense
Ein neues Kapitel für La Défense
The renewal of La Défense

(Société Générale, Click on the image to enlarge)

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Saturday 3 March 2007

La Défense #4 : Crépuscule / Twilight / Dämmerung « Entre chien et loup »

TotalFinaElf Coeur Défense crépuscule

Crépuscule - Nuit : « Entre chien et loup »
Twilight – night
Dämmerung – Nacht

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Thursday 22 February 2007

La Défense #3: Symbols

Grande Arche - Football

La Grande Arche comme symbole de La Défense ?
La Grande Arche as a symbol of La Défense ?
Die Grande Arche als Symbol der Défense ?

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Saturday 17 February 2007

Saisir l'Ephémère - La Défense #2

Construction - 07_0114_La-Def_L2_29

Saisir l’éphémère ?
What is ephemeral about office towers?
Nicht so sehr „Vergängliches festhalten“, sondern „die Vergänglichkeit des Subjekts erfassen“.

"Saisir l’éphémère”, catching the ephemeral, may seem like a strange concept in conjunction with buildings constructed for eternity - at least in the intentions of their proud creators. Of course, if you had a chance of looking at some of the sources cited in the previous posting on the history of La Défense, you realise how things changed there over time. And if you take a look at the many sites under construction today, you will see quite dramatic changes happening right now, destruction and (re-) construction.
But my notion of the ephemeral is not so much centred on the long term evolution of La Défense (or that of my other subjects) – I am rather interested in showing the ephemeral nature of my subjects in a single image (or in very few images showing different aspects of a subject).

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