Monday, April 23, 2007

Election Day, Parc Monceau, 22 April 2007


(C.S., Sanyo HD1A)
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Rue Daru, 20 April 2007


Flowers in front of La Maree Restaurant (C.S., Sanyo HD1A)
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The Grand Axis of Paris, 20 April 2007


When I.M. Pei designed he glass pyramid at the center of the Louvre's main courtyard, he was disturbed by the fact that the building itself, and therefore his new structure, were not on the same axis as the Carrousel Arch, the Obelisk in Place de la Concorde, and the Arc de Triomphe. When the axis was first designed, the Tuileries Palace stood as the terminal point, between Concorde and the Louvre, but it was burned to the ground during the Commune in 1871. So Pei had an equestrian statue of Louis XIV from Versailles recast, and placed it as a grace note to mark the end. If you stand at the base, you have an uninterrupted view all the way to Francois Mitterrand's Grande Arche de la Defense, built in the 1980s. It's one of my favorite places in Paris and, oddly, though it is in plain sight very few people seem to notice.
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Rue Bayen, 20 April 2007


Whole Tuna (C.S., Sanyo HD1A)
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Friday, April 20, 2007

Saint Jacques de Cotdoussan


This picture was taken with natural light at a very slow shutter speed in the tiny hilltop church at the village of Cotdoussan, population 50, in the hills near Lourdes. The figures kneeling below Saint James (Saint Jacques, Santiago) are pilgrims in classical attire, with walking sticks and cloaks. The one on the right also wears the broad had, the small sack for his belongings, and the gourd for drinking waters that people carried along the way.
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Monday, April 16, 2007

Chapelle La Pietat, Saint Savin, 15 Apr 07


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Crucifix, La Pietat, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Blue Spirits, La Pietat, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Altar of La Pietat, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Choir of La Pietat, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Saint-Savin, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Gate to the Pyrenees, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Sheep above Lourdes, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Wool on the Wire, Pyrenees, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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White Virgin, Black Tree, Bedat, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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Thanks to the Virgin of Bedat, 15 April 2007


(C.S., Sanyo HD1A)
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Bedat, 15 April 2007


C.S., Sanyo HD1A
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