Saturday, July 23, 2011

Paris, en noir et blanc



I wish that there were special glasses you could wear that would give you this view of old Paris without the graffiti and bright posters for teaching English... Just take me back in history. I will go to one of Hemingway's old haunts and look for writers and artists.

29 comments:

Pierre BOYER said...

Your post reminds me "Minuit à Paris", the Woody Allen's movie...
It's the same story... A man searching the best Paris.........
Enjoy your day !

Pierre

Ninny said...

Beautiful, Genie! I really like this shot!

Malyss said...

i'm with you! Let's meet at Sylvia Beach's bookshop!
Do you know that this part of architecture made of glass is called a "Marquise"?..

Malyss said...

i'm with you! Let's meet at Sylvia Beach's bookshop!
Do you know that this part of architecture made of glass is called a "Marquise"?..

Suzi said...

There is something magical about Paris. I am somehow transported to that old worldy place everything time I'm there. I dont want there to be a real world outside my own bubble. :)
Lovely shot my friend. x

biebkriebels said...

In B&W you can imagine to go back in time. Well done.

beau gosse said...

I love the Art Nouveau glass awning installation...it is like a floating lily pad overhead...marvelous in black and white! Thank you, Genie.

dive said...

I'm not sure visiting your blog is good for my health, Genie; this shot makes me ache so much to be back in Paris (ow).

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love the Art Nouveau awning. Those were the days.
Sam

brattcat said...

You create such great mood with this.

M said...

Très beau! I think they invented those --- they are called "rose colored glasses" --- and that's exactly what we were when we are there and only see the charm of Paris. Bon weekend all!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh yes, have you seen the movie 'Henry and June' about Henry Miller when he was writing his risque books in Paris. Would have been a fascinating time, mind you anytime is ok by me to be in Paris. Fabulous in black and white Genie!

Fábio Martins said...

A little bit dark but with a good composition

Halcyon said...

Beautiful shot. Perfect in black and white.

Virginia said...

I agree and I love these "marquises" as Malyss shared with us today! Gorgeous.
V

SRQ said...

Really nice capture...it sets a mood from days gone by. Unfortunately, you're right about the graffiti etc. During my recent visit, I was there with a friend who lived in Paris for awhile in the late 1980's and she was blown away at how much it has changed.

Carrie'sCreations said...

What a terrific photo!! So romantic:)

martinealison said...

Le noir et blanc donne l'authenticité à Paris.
Gros bisous.

Montreal Photo Daily said...

I enjoyed this photo very much, Genie! Those earlier romantic times of Paris you refer to are long gone. But, I'm sure to get a taste of it right here when I visit Paris and Beyond. :)
Happy weekend to you!

Rob and Mandy said...

Une photo absolument superbe!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Genie
If only I had a ticket, I would be in the air and on my way! What a beautiful sight..
Enjoy your weekend.
Penny

Alexa said...

I know just what you mean. Thanks for this glimpse through your b&w version of rose-tinted glasses!

Dianne said...

So very Parisian and now I know what to call these beautiful canopies - marquises!
Oh! to be in Paris today as Cadell Evans rides down the Champs Elysees.

Stan said...

Magical image--like in a dream. Good use of vignetting!

Randy said...

I love this photo! I just saw "Midnight in Paris," it made me want to see Paris even more.

Jack said...

One of your commenters said the answer is rose colored glasses, and I think that might be it. Or, watching Midnight in Paris.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Please do not scold me but I have not yet seen Minuit à Paris. I am going to see it soon. However, I have read "The Paris Wife" about Hadley Richardson, Hemingway's first wife and the descriptions are rich, describing familiar places in Paris. Before that I read "Paris Was Ours" and I have just opened "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" so I am dreaming of Paris in times past.

I would certainly join you, Malyss, at Sylvia Beach's... wink

I did not know the architectural term for the glass canopy as a Marquise, but love the term and glad to know. It does look like a floating lily pad overhead. Merci, beau gosse.

I do tend to wear "rose colored glasses" when I reminisce about Paris and I know in my heart that it is not perfect. When in Paris I am absorbed by all that it is, and when I am away, I am saturated with the memories and photos.

Now, where did I put those magical glasses?

Bises,
Genie

PS... To Dianne and Grace and Shell: Go and yell... for Cadel! And one more that I saw today... "Crikey, Cadel!"

Cezar and Léia said...

I loved "Midnight at Paris", it's wonderful, I'm sure you will like it as well!
And...wow girl, this picture is fabulous, amazing art composition!
Léia

JM said...

I love these Art Nouveau glass ceilings(?)! Great b&w shot, Genie.