Monday, January 06, 2014

Thinking of the future...


I wanted to start this new week with a photo I love. I took it at the Institut Hongrois (the Hugarian institute) at rue Bonaparte where they have, just outside their door, one of the most captivating sculpture: a barefoot woman sitting on a bench. It was made by Hungarian artist Lapis Andras, it's called "Kalap alatt" (under the hat) and it's a replica of an original one that was first made in 1975 and can be seen in the city of Szeged. Those of you who have been following PDP for a very long time may remember the first shot I made of this statue. I did not know the lady who was sitting next to it, but she was kind enough to come to the PDP picnic afterwards!

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  1. I do remember the previous shot! This one is lovely as well.

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  2. Really sweet. This one is so much lovely.

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  3. I have a photo taken with her,on my visit in 2007,sitting exactly the same way like her... in the meantime I visit Paris 3 more times... come and visit us down under this year,Eric and make sure , you let us know!!! Kara

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  4. Absolute dynamite shot! The drama of the light really adds to the great angle. I bet very few people photograph this alluring sculpture from the angle you chose, much less realized the opportunity the light offered. Wonder what a vertical version would have presented itself, with the shadow of the entire "woman." Often I photograph horizontal and vertical captures of the same situations.
    I also remember the previous image with the additional woman. I enjoyed her stockings and shoes. Can't say I appreciate that huge sack! Oh well, just my taste I guess.
    Thanks for both images!

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    1. I'm glad you noticed the angle choice Steverino for you're right, I started by photographing her from the other side, where it looked more "natural" (with the light in my back). ANd then I tried this side and it was much better. I don't remember if I tried vertical though. Maybe it would have been worth it.

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  5. I have a photo somewhere from our 2nd trip to Paris of myself and a few girlfriends sitting with la femme Hongrois and mimicking her 'attitude' (-; Great shot here...brings back many fond memories of Paris.

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  7. I remember the first shot and also had the pleasure of meeting the lady at the picnic in 2010. Does that make me an old timer? I feel like one!
    You have captured the beauty of the sculpture perfectly.

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    1. Nah Drummond! You'll never be an old timer LOL!

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  8. I also remember the first shot. Loved that one, but this one shows how far you've come as a photographer!

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    1. I agree! Sometimes when I go back to my old photographs I think to myself "how on earth did I dare posting this!" I like the first shot actually, because of the scene, but technically, it's terrible!

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  9. Hi everyone - its been a very long time!! I have lurked but have not posted, not because I didn't care but because I was overwhelmed by life's duties. Jeff, I'd love to meet you and anyone else who is in SoCal on the 19th. It always makes me tres heureuse to see you all! Eric - I've missed telling you - never often enough, anyway - how much of a gift your photos of Paris are to me.

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  10. PS - What time at the Norton Simon? : )

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  11. Hi everyone - its been a very long time!! I have lurked but have not posted, not because I didn't care but because I was overwhelmed by life's duties. Jeff, I'd love to meet you and anyone else who is in SoCal on the 19th. It always makes me tres heureuse to see you all! Eric - I've missed telling you - never often enough, anyway - how much of a gift your photos of Paris are to me.

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  12. Thank you for this photo, big kiss from Hungary :-)

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  13. Hi Carrie! To you, and to everyone else in the LA area who would like to join us: Jeff and I are meeting at the Norton Simon museum in Pasadena at noon on January 19th. They have a cafe where we'll first grab a bit of lunch, then perhaps enjoy the museum a bit. I know they've got some Rodins and some surprising Degas works.

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  14. It is a beautiful sculpture! Really draws the eye!

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