Finally I have created a web site for my photographs. It has been a long time coming. So, I think it is fitting that the first mini-portfolio on the site be images taken in my favorite city, Paris. These images were taken in November 2012 when Ann and I visited Paris for a week.
The concept for the portfolio is that since the Eiffel Tower is such an icon, it is recognizable even if only small portions or details of it are shown. There are just so many ways to "see" the Eiffel Tower in Paris. From a high vantage point it sticks up above every building around it, like a queen on a chessboard of pawns. It is regal in spite of industrial design and materials.
Then as you approach the tower on foot, it appears and disappears behind the streetscape. The question, "How can something so large disappear?" But then you turn a corner and there is a part of it, one of the legs, looming and very large. I suppose, it's like seeing part of an elephant in the jungle, you know it's big but you didn't know it is THAT big!
Close up, you begin to see the Eiffel Tower for what it is, an industrial-age sculpture, a lacework of girders, nuts and bolts, and decorative ironwork with triangles and arches for strength. It is one big Erector set project. I don't think that anyone can help but be impressed by it.
Paris is a wonderful city with so much to see and do but if you have time for just one thing, visit the Eiffel Tower. You will not be disappointed and you will return to your home with a memory of one of the world's great icons.
One more thing. Prints of the Eiffel Tower images are available for purchase at The Renaissance Art Studio, 481 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. You can find other information on "Renaissance" at www.framingglenellyn.com.
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