Friday, December 16, 2011

Noir et Blanc


I've been designing my newest weekly planner calendars on Blurb this week.  I"ve already published my PTML color and now I'm almost finished with my black and white one.  I found this shot of Daniel Buren's Les Deux Plateaux at the Palais Royal.  Taken last January on a rainy day, quelle surprise, I still find them graphic and fun to photograph. You either love them or you hate them. I've grown quite attached.

This weekend I've joined Jame's Weekend Reflections......at last!!!

23 comments:

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Don't particularly care for them, especially so close to the elegant Palais Royal. Tourists seem to enjoy them more than the Parisians, and you often see them (or their kids) posing for pictures while standing on one of the columns. So they serve at least one purpose ;-) I remember reading a few years ago that "les colonnes" had been poorly installed back in the 1980s. The city of Paris has since then spent millions trying to stop (rain) water from leaking under the courtyard. Flip, flop, clip, clapote. French taxpayers' money at work... Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Thirtytwo degrees said...

They look like a group of elephants are missing doing their stunts for the traveling circus...

Malyss said...

Most french people don't like them, and so do I.M. Buren is a destroyer of classic places, he made same thing in Lyon.
This being said, I like the rainy mood here..

Joe said...

I like this artwork. Great choice to go with black and white. Very striking.

Carla said...

Virginia when my girl friend visited a few weeks ago and we went to Palais Royal she was in the "love category" just like me, they are quite fun especially when children are playing on them and having fun!!
Carla x

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I quite like them too Virginia, they remind me of slices of the hard 'rock candy' that you buy at the seaside in the UK. Wonder were they red and white stripes, and I always love rainy day images. Hope you have a great weekend.

This is Belgium said...

looks like a lot of fun to play on and to photograph

M said...

The wet, shiny scene is lovely in B&W and brings back fond memories of the first time I saw them on a cold, rainy day in June ...

Leif Hagen said...

It would be fun to photograph some female French models posing on those..... just sayin'
Bon weekend, chere V de B!

helen tilston said...

I think they are ok if it is a temporary exhibition of art but not on a permanent basis

Great post

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I am in the "like them" camp but they spend more time behind yellow tape and barricades in a state of repair than not.

So glad that the great masters of past centuries created sustainable artwork, dare I say "permanent"? What are we doing wrong?

Daryl Edelstein said...

the rain is a bonus, they remind me of monochrome versions of those peppermint after dinner suckers

James said...

Ah rainy Paris and reflections too! Of course this qualifies. The music player adds such a nice touch too. :)

Jack said...

Your photograph, of course, is nicely composed, and I might like seeing these things as part of a temporary exhibition, but after a few months I would gladly volunteer to help carry them out of the space.

martinealison said...

Une belle photo... cependant je ne suis pas friande de ces colonnes...
Gros bisous ma chère Géni et merci pour ton gentil commentaire.
Je te souhaite plein de bonnes choses à l'occasion de ces fêtes de fin d'année.

Starman said...

I must be the odd-man-out, I 'like' them, though I don't consider them "art".

Maria O. Russell said...

Every time I´ve been there I found the place full of children playing. It got me thinking they must like this place.

What a wonderful shot Madame!

Thank you so much.

vosges paris said...

NOIR BLANC ET PARIS

sounds like the perfect combination to me ;)

Alexa said...

A perfect Paris noir et blanc pour un calendrier en noir et blanc! I am moving veeeeery slowly from the "hate" to the "love" camp.
And the only thing that could have made yesterday's post any better is if the tour de macarons was all caramel au beurre salé!

Jewel Yet to Find said...

Virginia, the pictures in Planner 2012 are superb! I like them being seasonal in tune with the months.

James said...

You went to the old Weekend Reflections link. Here's the new one.

http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/

Look under the other entries where it says "You are next... Click here to enter" Hope to see you there. :)

It's every weekend from Friday 11am EST til minuit Sun/Mon

Gine said...

Géométrie réussie ! Bravo !

Lorac said...

They look like the lids of Hat boxes. Cool shot.