A Photographer's Coda

Live In Paris

Under The Paris Sun

Photographed from Tour Montparnasse – 28 Sept 2016

Under The Paris Sky

From Tour Montparnasse Paris 28 Sept 2017

Gare Montparnasse

This enclosed 56th floor is the last elevator stop of of Tour Montparnasse.

Climb some stairs to the 59th and your reward is a rooftop 360 view. Eye level with Tour Eiffel

Paris 28 Sept 2017

Sunday Story II

Shop Window, Rue Ferdinand Duval, Paris – 28Sept 2017

Hard right on the street from our vacation apt. bldg, was a Jewish shop. It was Marais, duh! Wish I’d made a photograph of the Scooby-Do Yarmulke advertised but I did make this. My goal on Sunday morning was pastries from the shop pictured below.

Bakery, Rue Ferdinand Duval & Rue des Rosiers, Paris – 28 Sept 2017

Rue Ferdinand Duval ends in a T here, crossed by Rue des Rosier. The buildings on all sides create a canyon. Just to the right of this door way is a marble plaque, one of far too many in Paris.

My poor translation to English is: “In Memory of the Principal, Staff, Teachers and Students of this School who were arrested in 1943 and 1944 by the Vichy Police and The Gestapo and deported and killed in Auschwitz because they were born Jewish.”

It was early and quiet. There was nothing to distinguish that street from 1943 or 1944. I closed my eyes, and opened them thinking, what if… It was the most chilling and frightening moment I’ve ever experienced. And I balanced that with knowing I’d been a Missile Control Supervisor on an American Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine. Boomers are always ready. Never again.

Train Station

Musée d’Orsay from Pont Royal – 28 Sept 2016

It’s last use before transformation to art museum was a railway station (Gare d’Orsay), receiving WWII POW’s. Go at opening on Wednesday morning and bypass the line with a Visite Pass. You’ll have time on the fifth floor to yourself. Exhibits are always changing. I felt like a teenager at the Cleveland Museum of Art, free to explore for days. And I did.

Sunday Story

I’m pretty sure I made photographs of the first event at the newly renovated Cary Arts Center. It was Sunday. A “Wet Paint” sign was taped to the stage riser and the Brussels Chamber Music Orchestra, jet lagged, were trying to figure out the space

The last time, I’m pretty sure I made photographs there was the Cary Ballet “Nutcracker”, 2021. In my usual place, next to the video guy, behind my tripod and just left of a pillar in the last row of the theater, I’d done my check and re-check of gear. A guy came up and plopped down in a seat near me and somehow, we started talking. As usual, I bragged on the Cary Ballet Company dancers. And told him how I “lost” some every year to ballet company contracts. He grinned and said , I know, I’m taking one with me.

We exchanged cards. His said “Nick Mullikin, Associate Artistic Director, Nashville Ballet”. And then I was telling him about “La Vie En Rose” and Marie Konrad and Paris and this heart breaking performance I’d found by Rhiannon Giddens. And he grinned again and explained about spending months on the road with Rhiannon, working on choreography for Spoleto. Where I lived in Charleston for the very first. It is, a very small world. And she is wonderful.

La Vie en Rose

Place Ste. Catherine – Paris 24 Sept 2016

It’s not the Camera. But it is. Sort of

Paris – 8 Oct. 2007

Still In Marais

Musee Orangerie in Paris has wonderful Monet work. A private museum, Musée Marmottan Monet, is also well worth the Metro ride and walk. But Giverny is a a whole ‘nuther SNCF ride. Draw a line from Normandy to Paris and you’ll understand why the local church was shot up and and not long ago restored.

A friend asked me to make a canvas of this and I hope it shows up okay

I made some other images I haven’t been been confident to show