Our Parisian Adventure
Recently, my wife, Jayne, and I and our family visited the city of Paris. Although this was not my first time, my family had never been there before and were hardly waiting to experience the culture and the history.
This trip was a departure from our other trips in that all of our site exploration was contained within Paris itself. In the past, our explorations involved the “spokes of the wheel” approach to the surrounding areas outside of the visited city.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from my abstracted muse of inspiration. After all, it was just a large city. Sure, there was history, which is what I enjoy, but then every city has some history, right? And this trip for us was more about the sense of family. There was little time for me to do my “photographic thing”, that is, use a tripod, contemplate the abstraction of the scene, etc.
What I came away with was a wonderment of inspiration that was devoted to multiple themes at the same time! This was a first for me!
Rather than go chronologically through our discoveries, I decided to go through some of the theme candidates: catacombs, church interiors, night sights, day sights, storefronts, streets, versailles, windows.
The first one for today’s article is church interiors. The pictures below are from the inside of Notre Dame and its gothic architecture .
The next pictures are from Sainte-Chapelle . It has one of the most extensive 13th-century stained glass collection anywhere in the world. This was one of the “wow” moments I experienced during our trip.
Over the next few blog entries, I will highlight some of the other possible themes mentioned above. So stop back over the coming weeks to see more of our Parisian adventure.
Thanks for doing this, Jerry. It’s helping me get an image of what you are doing. It’s similar to what writers do. We all go through life, experiencing the smorgasbord of parts and pieces all jumbled together along a timeline. Then the artist/writer extracts some meaning and lines up the parts along the theme of a story. Similarly, you are extracting the images that you saw jumbled together during the trip and then creatively assembling them along lines of a theme, giving the viewer a new way to look at and think about the stuff that formerly looked like a jumble. Cool process. Thanks for sharing it.