A Distorted View Of Paris
Photograph - Digital File To Print
In 2003 my wife, her sister, her friend and I flew to Paris. I was so excited because I had gotten a small taste of France in the '70s when I was stationed in Germany and had been dieing to get back. Visually a photographer's dream shoot location. We were lost as soon as we stepped off the plane. My wife claimed she took 4 semesters of French and passed, yet when spoked to in French and I looked at her she would shrug her shoulders. So none of us spoke French. But we managed. We walked 90% of the time and I carried a back pack with a Nikon N-90s, Nikon 8008s, 20,35,50,135,180, and 500 MM lenses, tons of film, flash, tripod and my trusty Holga. (By the way, I was out of work 4 weeks recovering from a neck injury from carrying this backpack.) I had semi-planned ahead, knowing we were going to walk, for the series "A Walk Through Paris". As we walked, I shot, crossed items off my list and we walked some more. What a great place! We took a tour bus trip to Normandy to see "The Bitches" as our little guide called them. I was surprised that I was so moved by this area. I found it difficult to shoot there. No photo could ever convey the feeling I felt being there. But I was so glad we visited them.
So it was back to Paris for a couple more days of walking. I couldn't wait to get home and have all this film processed and scanned. The toy camera series looked even better printed than on film. I was very hopeful of a great selling series. As my photos hit the stores the French government would not support ours on something we were doing so here it goes. We will show you.... no more French Bread, no more French Fries, no more French Dressing, no more French Wine and no more French Photos. Are you shitting me, No Wine?
So, being the loyal American that I am, I made some major changes to 12 of my prized toy camera shots and came up with "The Distorted View of Paris" series. Now you know the rest of the story!
October 4th, 2010
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