Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An unblinking gaze...


Walking the streets of Paris, my eyes are drawn upward as if she is watching with her slight Mona Lisa smile...


Treasures abound...

32 comments:

Bibi said...

She has many sisters here in Belgrade; this was for sure a popular style.

Andy said...

Nice piece of art work. Genie, your eyes must must always be on the move exploring the scene thoroughly for something worth photograph.

Dianne said...

Isn't she so serene and I love the pretty roses under chin - Thanks for looking up.

Miss Sadie said...

My sense is that she doesn't see us at all; she is looking way above us, "over-looking" us "mere mortals."

An interesting, through troubling, picture.

Kristin said...

Isn't Paris just beautiful?! Sigh..!

xo

Kris said...

She looks like she knows what's going on...

Shell Sherree said...

Very lovely ~ and so pristine. She makes a beautiful photo, Genie.

M said...

On a cold, gloomy day like today,she is a breath of spring ... the roses in her hair and scarf ... and the dreamy look in her eyes as if she's thinking of her young man. Lovely photo, Genie.

Virginia said...

I think she's very lucky. She gets to hang out at post Paris apartement for eternity! :)
V

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

Such detail! I'd be smiling too if I were in Paris!

Birdman said...

Ya, always look up. It's all happening there.

Cezar and Léia said...

Brilliant shot, I love the reflections and the detail, this so charming detail, the sculpture on the wall is fascinating!
Léia

Cynthia said...

I have one over my building door but she's much less detailed than this beauty!

Jack said...

Perfect, Genie. I love rich architectural embellishments like this one. Gorgeous.

Halcyon said...

Ah yes... there are so many details in Paris, if you are just willing to look for them!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Bibi -- I love seeing details like this on buildings... you are fortunate

Andy -- Yes, but I am always amazed at the ones that "got away" or that I thought about later... I have dreams about them

Dianne -- She also looks so "clean" and not soiled by the atmosphere and birds

Miss Sadie -- There is a wistful look in her eyes... Perhaps she is gazing at a friend across the street or remembering better days

Kristin -- I took several photos of this building and loved this shot for the lace-edged Roman shades in the window.

Kris -- She does look wise and knowing

Shell -- You noticed the "pristine" also... It is difficult to maintain buildings in this manner

Marie -- Wouldn't you love to know the story behind her... Whose model she was, whose daughter, mother, wife...

Virginia -- Lucky indeed! How lucky to have that apartment window and to glance at her every day

Tammy -- I smile just thinking about it and feel a little wistful as well

Birdman -- Looking up but aware of looking down so that you do not step in something you would rather not...

Léia -- The reflections do keep it from appearing to be a dark hole... So glad that you like this one, mon amie.

Cynthia -- Well I am envious that you have one... I guess that I could put one over my door but it would look out of context and pretty silly -- have you posted a photo?

Jack -- Merci, mon ami... This one is rich in detail

Halcyon -- In some places you see them every few steps and in others you must really hunt

Malyss said...

On my former blog , I had a label "stone faces" , to show such statues;I like them very much, they are discreet but often very beautyful!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Malyss -- Merci! I'm off to look at your "stone faces"

Alexa said...

She looks like a French friend of mine. Thanks for looking high (and low) to bring us the beauties of Paris, Genie!

Amanda said...

reminds me of the venetian mask i have hanging over my desk -- a stoic and watchful presence.......

lovely image!

Loree said...

Indeed they do. It's always a good idea to look up :)

biebkriebels said...

I like those figures on buildings. This one has a sweet smile indeed. Beautifully made with details.

biebkriebels said...

I like those figures on buildings. This one has a sweet smile indeed. Beautifully made with details.

EG Wow said...

Magnificent details! Wonderful shot, Genie!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Alexa -- Well, your French friend should say that it is her... It could be a relative... Merci, I will continue to look both high and low, and under/over and around - hah!

Amanda -- How cool... That reminds me that I have a clay mask I made from my face and it sits on a ledge near my desk... Thankfully, the eyes are closed -- Merci

Loree -- For many of them, "up" is too far up to get a great photo... This lady was quite photogenic

biebkriebels -- I would much prefer her on my building, but some of those gargoyles are interesting

EG Wow -- Merci, my friend

Cildemer said...

Wow! So beautiful and so very neat!
Thanks for sharing, Genie;o)

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Bisous et à bientôt****

Randy said...

Art is just everywhere there! I love all the details.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Cildemer -- Merci, mon amie.

Randy -- The art itself is visual overload at times... we could make a book on just the faces on buildings...

jb said...

Streetwalking? In Paris? You?

Gunn said...

You have eyes for beautiful details!
Thanks for sharing!:)

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Starman said...

It's difficult to tell if that is hair on her forehead, or wrinkles.