Again, no photographs were allowed inside the exhibit, but I really wanted you to see his work so I gleaned some of my favourites off the internet to share. You can certainly Google his name if you want to see more - and I would highly recommend it because they are wonderful.
I might be a bit biased, because I love black and white photography.
As I've said before, the only way to visit a museum or exhibit is alone. The reason I feel this way is that when I look at paintings, sculpture, photography, etc. I want to feel it, not just see it. I don't want to discuss it with anyone, nor do I want to hear some know-it-all telling her husband what she thinks it means. Needless to say, within five minutes of crossing the threshold of La Monnaie de Paris, Sandi and I had split up. We met back at the apartment for lunch.
Here are some of the photos I saw today:
The last photo is for Pat, because I vowed to find her a picture of penguins in Paris.
It's no secret that I'm not a great photographer. I work with a Canon A530 that I can stuff in my purse and go. It doesn't do zoom well; it doesn't do dark well; it doesn't really do anything well. But I was inspired to take part in a little experiment this afternoon to see what I could capture with my little Carlos (yes, he has a name). I may be wrong, but it seems to me that to be a great photographer, an expensive camera - while desirable - is not exactly necessary. What really counts is courage. The courage to snap a picture anywhere, even if you look like a tourist, even if you make people wonder what the heck you're seeing, even if people get slightly annoyed at you. I'm working on the courage.
Here are some results of my afternoon experiment.
Le cycliste, Quai de Conti
Vendeuse de rue, Quai de Conti
Pont Neuf, Paris
Quai Saint-Michel, Paris
Notre-Dame sous le pont
La sieste, Square René Viviani
Boutique de souvenirs, rue Saint-Séverin
La montée des marches, 18 rue Xavier Privas
L'amour dans le square du Vert Galant
Une jeune famille sur le quai
Beaucoup de tours Eiffel à un décrochage
Un ancien restaurant, rue de la Bûcherie
So, I am no Willy Ronis and I'm quite sure I'll never have an exhibition of my photography. This is not even an area in which I wish to develop skill, since I already have enough hobbies that yield me mediocre results. However, it was fun looking at ordinary, every-day things through the eyes of a photographer, trying to see things through a "different lens" so to speak.
I also think that black and white is a great equalizer; it gives photos a kind of timeless quality. When I was viewing Ronis's exhibit, I noticed that the scenes he captured, particularly those in Paris, could have been taken any time. Only the clothing and hairstyles gave clues to the era.
If you're looking for something to do over the next couple of days, try this experiment for yourself. Email your black and white photos and we'll have our own exhibition online!
I hope you enjoyed today's installment of "Les aventures d'une fille à Paris". We're off for our little evening walk now and to make plans for tomorrow. I think Sandi's given up on the Crêpe-a-Day plan; she discovered a lovely little pâtisserie up the road and has been doing her own type of experimenting - with croissants and tartes and pain-aux-raisins and... c'est délicieux!
Bonne nuit, mes amies!