Friday, November 21, 2008

Fête de la couleur


It's the color feast in Paris at the moment! This means that every now and then throughout the city you can come across spots of orange or pink, like in this photo where you can see a few stripes up top this Morris Column (these columns are normally used to promote shows and plays). The color feast has actually been adapted from the Holî in India and it is currently used to raise awareness of children in need on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of children's rights.

38 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea. Very lovely photo.

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  2. I especially like the stones and leaves in the absolute foreground. Fall is so colorful.

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  3. It looks like the little girl is wearing a very big crown. Yes, she is wearing the PDP crown today.

    Hey, where is everybody?

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  4. Hey Lois...it's been a while. Congrats on GF! Eric, beautiful man!

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  5. Lovely colors! Well, 1/2 of them. I love pink, but detest orange. I think there is one object in my home that is orange, only because it doesn't come in any other color. Where can I find a pumpkin scraper that isn't orange?

    Have a great day everyone!

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  6. I love the bright burst of colors on the column.
    Agreed this is a great idea.

    I LOVE Autumn it's my favorite time of the year!! ;D

    I've enjoyed seeing the leaves change beautiful colors here where I live.I've really enjoyed driving up to the mountains<3

    as always Eric,
    Beautiful photo:)

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  7. Very nice, and I, too, love the stones and fall leaves. Love from The Prairie. xoxo.

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  8. We're getting our fall colors over here finally, and I bought a polarizing filter for my camera to play with them.

    Paris always has so many great celebrations. On my first trip, I came across the Fete de la Musique, and that was the point in which I fell in love with the city.

    Maybe the rest of the world can copy this idea.

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  9. Woo-hoo, Lois -- way to go, GF! (How appropriate that an artist gets to choose colors for the crown for this post.)
    This is fabulous, Eric-- great idea and great post (notre ami Rahul will LOVE it!).

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  10. What a great shot, Eric! You got an interesting stair-step effect with the levels of the buildings and the kiosk and stones. It all fits together nicely. I like the girl's frank expression - I guess another photographer's to be commended for that!

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  11. Lovely shot,Eric - & now I know a lot more about this Color Feast! I took a photo of a column near my house because it has the streamers but I didn't take the time to find out what I was looking at. Merci beaucoup!

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  12. Eric, lately I see you're very assertive: a few days ago "resist" against capitalism, today we highlight the recovery of the rights of the child. Eric continues. Every day you reinvent yourself. Well.

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  13. Eric I'm really amazed : there are hundreds of Morris columns in Paris and you shoot the one with the best effect (roughness of the stones // tenderness of the stripes). WHAT'S YOUR SECRET ?!!!

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  14. Paris has such wonderful, cohesive ideas! I really like it. I am sure it is noticeable, therefore increasing awareness.

    Eric how American you are! 'Up top' indeed. We British don't understand what you mean (kidding. I do, but it's not English English)!

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  15. I don't think "up top" as used there is typical American English, Lynn. Not California-American anyway! Maybe its Feline-American. I'll ask my cat.

    Splendid photo for a splendid cause, Eric! I'm a big supporter of UNICEF. It's a fantastic organization for children who live in devastating circumstances. Give Give give.

    So Eric, was the ET in yesterday's photo? I'm still wondering.

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  16. This 'suddenly' is intriguing ;)
    Reading it gave me a large smile. Go figure... I may know why ; I thought a little bit of it, this morning. A tiny thing. But you feel or catch everything so quickly...
    This photo, the best effect really. Don't like it though... Hope it could be less. I try and can't.
    Well, a nice composition anyway! :)

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  17. Ok twin, thanks. I thought it was. Our Eric huh? What shall we do with him? ... Don't answer. ;)

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  18. Yes we shall. One at a time or together? ;)

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  19. heyy...thats brilliant!!:)
    there are more connections like these too between bombay and paris after all!!! ;-)

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  20. Lovely composition, Eric. You chose just the right angle. Nice idea, too.

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  21. Lynn, every one of us all together and most certainly up top!

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  22. OFF SUBJECT: An American living in Paris, Bill Bonner, waxes poetic in his economics newsletter today:

    "We walked along the Seine last night, on the left bank, making our way to a romantic restaurant rendezvous. It was a lovely night. Paris is the world's most beautiful city…and along the river, near the Pont Neuf and Notre Dame, we watched the lights on the water…and the outlines of the buildings on the Isle de la Cite…and the Rive Droite. A gentle mist fell on the scene like an impressionist's brush."

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  23. George Thomas Kysor - feel free to change the subject to a poetic walk along the Seine anytime!

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  24. Lois, "It looks like the little girl is wearing a very big crown. Yes, she is wearing the PDP crown today." LOL You could be the one ;)

    Christie "I think there is one object in my home that is orange" Is that because you were born in the 70's?!

    Alexa "This is fabulous, Eric-- great idea and great post (notre ami Rahul will LOVE it!)" true ;) But I think Rahul is so busy at the moment that he won't notice ;)

    Petrea "What a great shot, Eric! You got an interesting stair-step effect with the levels of the buildings and the kiosk and stones." Thank you for noticing ;) I was actually pretty proud of the effect as I did not know how to photograph this column otherwise.

    Murcia "Eric, lately I see you're very assertive: a few days ago "resist" against capitalism, today we highlight the recovery of the rights of the child. Eric continues. Every day you reinvent yourself." yeah, well sort of ;)

    Nasty GG "WHAT'S YOUR SECRET ?!!!" Mais aucun, je suis moi, c'est tout !!

    Lynn "Eric how American you are! 'Up top' indeed. We British don't understand what you mean (kidding. I do, but it's not English English)!" I know, I have bad influences ;) And to think I originally learned English in London!

    Eiffel Tower Suzy "So Eric, was the ET in yesterday's photo? I'm still wondering." No, it was not ;) But I don't remember what it was though - I just know, that from where I took the photo it's impossible that the ET was in the reflexion.

    Hey Rahul;! Here you are!

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  25. he he your English is superb though Eric, we all know that. A lot better than my French! I'm just teasing... you know me and my English pride... ;)

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  26. Your influences are just fine by the way ;)

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  27. Hey Suzy - Eric is totally ignoring our sauciness. Best way I suppose..!

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  28. George - now there's an economics newsletter I just might go for!

    Whew - longest day ever. Today began with the fantastic funerary sculpture of Dagobert and all the French royalty buried at the Basilique St.Denis - an astounding crucible of French art and history all in one place - and ended looking down from the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs de Elysee, all tricked out in blue and white, while the ET glowed electric blue in the distance. There seem to be more Christmas

    In between I saw coinage, ancient and modern, at the Musee de la Monnaie; explored the Expiatory Chapel, a huge memorial built where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were hastily buried after the guillotine; visited the Institute du Monde Arabe - a fascinating building with a moving exterior - that has a Napoleon In Egypt exhibit; and, just before tucking into a Basque casserole, walked up past the Sorbonne and around St. Etienne du Mont to the Pantheon, which is just beautiful and awe inspiring IMHO.

    As I wandered the ancient streets around there, I stumbled onto Le Procope, off the rue St. Andre des Arts, a restaurant that's been open for centuries. And (I don't know if Eric caught this since it was only there a couple minutes) as the sun set in a glowing pink and purple clouded sky with the trees of the Luxembourg Gardens silhouetted against the light, I bought 2 books at a store selling nothing but geography books. What a city!! And I'm only scratching the surface.

    Eric you're not only a lucky person, to live in Paris, but a special person, to be able to appreciate it as you go about your daily life.

    Its easy for the tourist to do; much harder for the person who lives someplace day in and day out. You say when you take your photos that you're just yourself -- well, we're very lucky that you are who you are! Merci, merci!!

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  29. Whata wonderful creative idea to raise awareness.

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