Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Palestine in Paris


Last night on my way back home I noticed some unusual traffic on the Pont des arts. I stopped and found out they're having a photo exhibit called "La Palestine à Paris". If you wander on this wonderful bridge, you can see about 150 photos about the daily life in Palestine taken by two famous Palestinian photographers: Rula Halawani and Taysir Batniji. This photo shows one of the two street lamps at the entrance of the bridge that they used to hang a street sign that says "Palestine, life, simply life". I don't know why, but something tells me this photo will have less comments than the one of yesterday ;-)

65 comments:

  1. Beautiful composition as always. The sun streaming through the clouds is beautiful. And I don't think any of us would ever complain about the Eiffel Tower in the background...

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  2. The sky looks really eerie and beautiful at the same time. I do love this bridge, no ifs, ands or butts about it.

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  3. I could not find any website that shows some of these 150 photos, except a few ones on the paris.fr website (http://www.paris.fr/portail/accueil/Portal.lut?page=multimedialist&page_id=1&id=73&pop=1). Anyway, your photo Eric is a great photo beside being informative !... Agree with Justine about the sky and Eiffel Tower at the background..
    http://brohardphotography.blogspot.com

    http://www.photo.net/photos/Loic Brohard

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  4. Such a sky... Blue sky a bit hidden by dark grey clouds but still the sun behind them.
    Pont des arts, it reminds me of something that took place last May, the 7th if i remember well, with some of us. Don't you Justine?
    Ooops, time to go to bed now! See you tomorrow.

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  5. EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

    Oh, and the rest is mighty pretty, too. :)

    I love you, Eric!

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  6. Eric, a beautiful photo indeed. When in Paris I try to stop by Pont des arts as often as possible because I know that there is always something happening there. Last April I came across an artist hanging his canvases on the bridge rail. I asked it I could take a photo (I always ask) but he said no and I moved on.

    A day or two later I came across three beautiful young women having lunch who allowed me to take their photo. I had planned on posting that photo at some later time but am inspired to do it now. Please stop by Paris Photo Art for another look at Pont des art. David

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  7. Gosh Suzy you said the L word. That's cranked the whole flirting with Eric up a notch. Um. Er... me too Eric. With bells on.

    This photo is stunning. It's the cloud which i adore actually.

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  8. Beautiful skyscape! Tres breathtaking!

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  9. The L word for Eric? But of course, Lynn! But I'm not flirting. I love everyone!

    If I was flirting, I would have said something like, "Hey Eric, is that the Eiffel Tower in your photo or are you just happy to see me?"

    ;)

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  10. Justine, Hi! Long time no see. I know you were waiting to be GF:)

    That is a gorgeous photo -- I love black & blue.

    Loïc BROHARD, thanks for the link -- those photos are loaded with culture. A woman from Palestine once posed for me while she was living in San Francisco. She was very proud of her culture and I tried to incorporate that into the painting. She was returning to Palestine to re-marry as her husband had died here during an earthquake.

    Lynn, I love looking at clouds too.

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  11. Suzy, It was inevitable that we would return to yesterdays post. The pull of the dark side is irresistible.

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  12. I think you are right, David. Maybe we can talk Eric into creating a Paris Daily _____ blog?

    lois simon, I would love to see that painting - loic brohard your photos are inspiring - and David's creations are just so clever. So much talent in here!

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  13. The streak of contrail adds yet another layer in the enlarged photo - marvelous light.

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  14. Wonderful photo today!! I have to say much nicer subject manner than yesterday! :) I do love the clouds and the sun playing together and the way that they bring us light and shadow. Almost as if they're playing a game sometimes. You have captured them wonderfully, Eric!

    I took lots of photos when I was in Israel and Palestine. The memory of time there is fading, but I do remember it was an incredible place.

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  15. Wonderful sky, Eric - you have such a great eye. Colors, light, shapes - all are striking.

    [BTW - if you want a little English lesson, here is one: you said, "less comment than ... yesterday." It should be "fewer comments." In English, you use 'fewer' for things you can count, like 'fewer pennies.' You use 'less' for things you cannot count, like 'less milk.' If anyone dislikes nit-picky comments from English teachers, please, please ignore me!!]

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  16. Who else could do all of this at once: Inform us of an interesting event/exhibition; illustrate a multi-cultural aspect of contemporary Paris; show us a scene of daily Paris we all envy; and do it all with a photo that is just a knockout in its visual appeal?

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  17. Fewer comments? Well that depends. I'm sure someone will come up with some kind of word ass-ociation or something.

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  18. Simply stunning. Even spotted the exhaust from a jet in the distance. There is so much to see in this photo. BTW...I echo Suzy regarding Chicago Dave's clever artistry. Check it out; it's more than just a kick in the buttocks! [OK, shoot me! I couldn't resist!]

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  19. I couldn't think of any word play but I found some good lamp-oriented background music.

    For those of you having difficulty hearing the lyrics I may be guilty of completely ripping off Michael by putting the lyrics below. However, in this case, I will plead nolo contendere. (Nonetheless, my apologies Michael).

    Wake up Paris, turn your lamp down low;
    Wake up Paris, turn your lamp down low.
    You got yo' nerve baby, to dump uncle Eric on the floor.

    I woke up this morning, I had them PDP blues,
    I woke up this morning, had them PDP blues.
    Well, I looked over in the corner, and Michael seemed to have them too.

    Well my camera died and left me,
    My PC died and left me,
    I ain't good looking baby,
    Want someone sweet and kind.

    I'm goin to the Eiffel Tower, baby do you wanna go?
    But if you can't make it baby, some PDP chick said she wanna go.
    (and I sure will take her).

    I love that woman, better than any woman I've ever seen;
    Well, I love that woman, better than any woman I've ever seen.
    Well, now, she treat me like a king, yeah, yeah, yeah,
    I treat her like a doggone queen.

    Wake up Paris, turn your lamp down low.
    Wake up Paris, turn your lamp down low.
    You got yo' nerve babe, to dump uncle Eric on the floor.

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  20. Eric, it's too late. PDP is too popular. If you want fewer comments, you'll have to stop posting photos.

    Wait. You tried that and it didn't work.

    Nope. You're going to get comments. This blog is a phenomenon.

    This PHOTO is a phenomenon. Look at that gorgeous sky! And you've got the Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower in it, and a contrail, and the lovely lamp, plus the sign on it with the beautiful writing. The writing implies more than just what it says: that Paris is a city of art and many cultures. Always has been, always will be.

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  21. Stunning, simply stunning, which is exactly what I thought even before I noticed that that is what my new crush said about this photo!

    BTW-not only stunning, but much nicer to look at then that bum-mer of a photo from yesterday!

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  22. We can catch a glimpse of the Palestinian photos of Rula Halawani here and Taysir Batniji here by clicking inside the blank rectangles.

    This might be a reflection of what is being exhibited on the Pont des arts.

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  23. Lovely photo Eric - the images you choose speak different things to different people. The great thing that I see tho, as I've been looking back over all of them, is that they provide a living sense of who you are. Its not just a composite of Paris - its your composite vision of the world. Your signature is there. I really think that we are privileged and you are not only diligent, but brave, to keep on putting yourself out day after day. I know I'm not alone in appreciating what you do from reading other people's comments,I just wanted to say it out loud. Its lovely for you to share your creative self and your work with us for all our mutual pleasure. Merci beaucoup.

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  24. Justine - congratulations on GF!

    Suzy and Lynne -- funny! : )

    David - funny, too! : )

    Tall Gary - love the music. : )

    Loic and David - thanks for sharing great photos! : )

    What a creative bunch.
    Yeah. :)

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  25. Couldn't agree more, amazing photograph, extraordinary sky and a deeply mysterious mood setting silhouette, buy why is it that I feel an irresistable urge to shimmy up that lamp post with my tin of windolene and soft cloth and give that lamp a good polish!

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  26. Suzy, "I would love to see that painting." I have not posted any of my paintings on the internet that I have painted since 2000. I consider this work current work. People can see it though when they visit my live/work space here in San Francisco. When you visit me you will see it of course.

    Tall Gary, Thanks for the Allman Brothers link -- I had forgotten how much I really like their music. Merci

    Carrie, That was so beautiful what you said to Eric. All of us at PDP I am sure feel the same way -- you spoke for all of us. I just don't know how to put such feelings into words. You are great for doing that. bisous

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  27. Oh Eric,I don't know if you were fishing for compliments or if you really think it's a bad photo. When I clicked on it to see the large version, I was amazed. I have to admit, I was curious as to what the Arabic writing was on a French bridge so enlarging helped a lot.

    Tall Gary, no apologies needed! Great job! :-)

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  28. Quelle photo ! It made my day !
    But do you know how long this exhibit will take place ?
    Makes me feel like wandering on the Pont des Arts.

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  29. Another stunning photo, Eric! And thanks to Tall Gary, David, and Loic for the links to your work and those of the Palestinian artists. PDP -- a virtual art gallery :-)

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  30. Eric, First let me say this is a brilliant and most beautiful shot! That cloud and the illuminated glass of the lamp pulls one right into the frame, then the other details emerge.
    Second, let me say Suzy, I didn't notice it until I saw your exclamation in triplet, and then . . .oh my!
    And third, let me say I enjoyed the lingering punny-ness from yesterday in several comments, and really dug Tall Gary's blues offering today. Well done. A friend of mine lived with a Palestinian family earlier in the school year and after seeing his photos of the wall erected in Jerusalem right now (may peace and security come to all peoples there), I'm thinking Pink Floyd is due for a big comeback. I'm wondering if these photographers exhibiting covered that in their subject matter.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  31. Kim: If you click on the links "here" and "here" eight comments above yours you can see some of the artists' work. Rula Halawani does, indeed, have works there that deal with the wall, navigable at the top right of that site or by clicking here.

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  32. But as to what is being exhibited at the Pont des arts, it could be a "Hello Kitty" retrospective for all I know (knowing nothing, I am.)

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  33. Wonderful photo. I love the way the light in the clouds gives depth to the lamp post!

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  34. I feel as though a part of me is always in Paris, but lately, I've been missing it more and more. Eric, I appreciate so much that you can post a photo that not only takes me to one of my favorite spots (I adore the Pont des Arts) but also gives me a unique view of what is happening in Paris these days.

    And Petrea is right -- This blog is a phenomenon ... and such a gift.

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  35. Oh, and Eric, I'm so glad you posted the link to the Ingrid Betancourt photo! Having only known about PDP for a few weeks, I am making my way back through the archives. I appreciate how much this photo captures as well.

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  36. Ooh. Even in Gaza. Thanks to Taysir Batniji. Shhh. Such a thing can be so fragile.

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  37. Lois Simon said it without any fuss: "I love black and blue." Petrea's description was right about it all. This is one of my faves since I found PDP in Feb. That sky so full of power and promise, the script of the sign illuminated as if from within, on a bridge to remind us that when we bridge the differences between us beauty is there-and peace too.

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  38. That is so well put Lydia. I don't know how to compliment you without taking away from the import of what you have said.

    Speaking of Lois: Lois, I've been meaning to tell you that the atmosphere of one of your paintings of your daughter reminds me of a favorite painting of mine of John Singer Sargent.

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  39. Eric it's perfectly acceptable to say 'this will provoke less comment ..." (note; singular) as this is a general term. This might be easier to remember.

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  40. it's a beautiful photo, i wish i was there to see the exhibit

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  41. Very pretty photo. Once again, Eric est le roi de soleil. I can hear, the guitars and drums, taste the wine, and smell Arnaud's cigarette!

    Tall Gary: PDP Blues, well done! As with many old blues songs, few people know who wrote Statesboro Blues. If you're interested:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_Willie_McTell

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  42. Do we have to avoid the discussion about the Palestinian situation?..
    Your photo is really really nice.
    I'll comment later, i'm off to the Manu Chao concert!

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  43. I am struck by all the different colors of blue that you captured.
    Took bus #68 or #69 that drove by the Pont today and I wondered what all the holders were, strung along the entire bridge.
    Jeff: tomorrow, Valentines day in Brazil, I am having MY lunch at Le Jules Verne! Thanks for the holiday tip, Monica.

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  44. Excellent, PHX! My best wishes to you and M. CDG. If the sky looks like Eric's photo, the view will be magnificent.


    Reine Guille: The Palistinian situation is about as screwed up as any international situation can be. Everyone involved seems to live up to the old saying normally said about the Palistinians themselves: they never miss the opportunity to miss an opportunity. I feel anguish for the innocent and disgust for the guilty on all sides of the multi-shaped table.

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  45. Tall Gary, "...it could be a "Hello Kitty" retrospective for all I know". That was funny. Actually, I am wearing a Hello Kitty t-shirt with "Ciao Roma" written on it. "...one of your paintings of your daughter reminds me of a favorite painting of mine ...." Which painting of mine were you referring to -- do you remember the name? I was just looking at John Singer Sargent's work at the DeYoung art museum lately. I like him too. There is something very American about his work. When he was painting, his contemporaries were all trying to paint like Europeans -- it wasn't cool to paint like an American (whatever that is???). This is even true today to some extent.

    Monica, Happy Valentine's Day to you and your husband!

    Guille, I like Manu Chao's music -- they always play it at a Cuban restaurant that I go to every once in a while. Tall Gary has been commenting on the Palestinian situation -- he has been doing it in pictures. The photos of "The Wall" are heartbreaking (to me).

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  46. Eric -- it's already been said so eloquently already today. You do have a special way of capturing the Paris light. And the photo is that much more amazing when you blow it up.
    Sorry, but I have to add my copy editor's two centimes to what m.k. and Lynn said: You use less if you're talking about how much (degree) & you use fewer if you're talking about how many (number).

    Guille -- Ooh, Manu, Manu, Manu! I am so envious. Only saw him perform once, in Prospect Park (like Central Park, only it's in Brooklyn, very near my house). Unfortunately, he rarely comes to the States. I'm requesting a report on the concert, please.

    Thanks for all the interesting links, folks.

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  47. Then again, if I was such a good copy editor, I might have noticed that I said already twice in one sentence. Oops.

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  48. Ohhh Alexa, don't worry about that, we don't mind mind.

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  49. sun sinks low
    on plea for hearing
    in silence

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  50. Thanks much, Tall Gary. I admire your comments on a regular basis.

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  51. Monica, I guess you better break the bad news to Lois...

    It's not Valentine's day...

    ;-)

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  52. Just a little "coucou" tonight. Sorry I'm not very active in the comment box these days but I have pretty rough days at my office at the moment and I barely have the time to take and publish photos.

    Things should improve a little in the coming weeks.

    PHX-CDG: enjoy the Jules Verne. You're lucky. (And tell us all about it, of course.)

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  53. Oh, Eric, I hope things get easier for you ASAP (she said selfishly).

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  54. I love any photo taken at Pont des Arts...

    Coucou to you too Eric!

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  55. Coucou Eric! Don't worry, we understand... that you'll just have to give up your job and be here all the time.

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  56. I love the haunting skies and the lamp... oh my...

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  57. Hee, USElaine!

    It's a travesty, isn't it? The city of Paris should pay him for this blog.

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  58. so beautiful picture amazing extraordinary sky thanks for sharing it

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