This image reflects how we all feel with mandatory (or self-imposed) lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus.
There was a multitude of lights shining brightly in the city center of Poitiers and a group of “Les Poitevins” (people from Poitiers) were walking by. This shot captured their physical forms as if they were supernatural beings of light from another galaxy.
Standing in the rain in Paris, I noticed a wall of water at a seafood restaurant. I know this restaurant well as I’ve passed by it many times (and dined there). The wall of water is usually gray and unremarkable but on this day when the sunlight was just right, the colors of the clothing of the patrons and waiters could be seen outside through my lens which created a myriad of colors visible through the waterfall.
In Amsterdam, I ventured out for one last night out. I crossed the bridge with all the bicyclists, taking my time on foot. This was my last shot before turning in. The color palate is unusual for a reflective water shot and the receding of the light from left to right creates a sense of expansiveness.
On a gloomy Sunday afternoon, there was heavy rainfall on my windshield so I remained seated in the car and took about a dozen photographs of the rain on the car glass. I chose this photo for its color density, detail and fluidity.
I shot this at night in Amsterdam…a 24-hour city that does not disappoint. In this image, the lights seem to be marching forward and upward. It also has a musical sensibility…like a Miles Davis tune.
Château d’Eau, which dates back to 1887, is a water source housed inside a château. Gone are the days of villagers drawing water or calling on the water carrier to gather water from the site. Yet, the water source is still used today and distributes water to taps throughout the ancient city. From time to time, the city lights up the interior of the château in a bright color at night; this is one of those nights.
This blur photo of city lights hints at paper musical notes flying through the air. This image has a lofty, angelic feeling as if the notes are taking flight. The composition is complex yet pleasing; the colors are subtle, balanced and ethereal.
Urban shots sometimes feel like nature.This photograph of an ancient cobbled street reflected the red city lights onto the street resembling birds’ wings. This piece soars and takes flight and represents hope and lofty ideals.
Blue and orange lights creates a complimentary color palate of eye candy at Christmas market (this piece is also entitled “Noël”). Not your usual red and green. This piece reveals the connectivity of the strands of lights and feels hopeful and meaningful with its forward, advancing motion and in person, resembles the light of an angel’s wing.
The cobbled stone streets were saturated with rain and a neon store-front sign reflected a thick aquatic blue-green color onto the stones. The color appeared thick and fluid and contrasted beautifully with the illusion of a dark red road.
This photo was captured at a French village “en fête” and festive lights were strung everywhere. Electricity was definitely in the air — and a herd of electric horses.
This photo captures a white light reflecting onto a red traffic light with virtually no light around it. I was intrigued by the shades of red that contrast with the darkness surrounding it.
This photo is entitled “The Road to Everything” because an untraveled road offers us so many possibilities. And the saturation of the color purple in this photo suggests that it’s a road of a higher calling or spiritual awakening.
I took this photograph of a city hall in France and was immediately drawn to the building’s lights in reflection. This photo is printed directly onto brushed metal with a gold aspect. This photo joins a family of photos all shot at night, many with ethereal and supernatural lighting effects.
I’ve always had a fascination with religious art so I often photograph saints, which are plentiful in Europe. I shot this guy at an ancient French priory while at a party. I came to the top of the stairs and there was this life-size saint and a weird light. I love the confessional quality of this guy — and the wallpaper. This photograph is part of the series “Saints & Sinners”.
During the summer of 2019, Paris experienced a severe heatwave (“canicule” in French) and I was there for a poetry reading. This image was captured in my Paris hotel when the sun’s rays were streaking through the window in a striking manner. The beam of sunlight is juxtaposed with the artificial light in the hallway, which created pools of brilliant colors.
On the Summer Solstice, France celebrates the Fête de la musique with music wafting (wailing?) through the air from every possible place. For 24 hours, everyone is encouraged to make music and the French police can’t arrest you for disturbing the peace. So on the first day of summer, put on some stylish shades, grab a bottle of rosé and make some music in the streets!
I looked up the word “poetry” on a whim in my trusty Webster’s New World Thesaurus and was happy to discover a complex amount of synonyms …”poem, song, versification, metrical composition, rime, rhyme, poesy, stanza, rhythmical composition, poetical writings. Forms of verse including the following: Shakespearean sonnet, Italian sonnet, Miltonic sonnet, Wordsworthian sonnet, Chaucerian stanza, Spenserian stanza, heroic couplet, Alexandrine, iambic pentameter, rhyme royal, ottava rima, couplet, distich, epode, triolet, rondeau, rondel, rondelet, tanka, haiku, ballade, destine, villanelle, limerick, blank […]
I took notice of a wall where the shop owner had painted out the graffiti, which isn’t a usual sight in France. Typically, the graffiti is left in place because it is considered art in France (which, of course, it can be!). Back to the painted out graffiti, I was intrigued by the repeat and rhythm of the black brush strokes covering up the graffiti. I think of this piece as ‘Anti-art’ since the graffiti was painted out. As a […]
My first love affair with bridges started on the Pont Neuf in Paris during the Fête de Musique when Kenzo decorated the bridge with brilliant pink and red flowers that dipped into the River Seine. I have since had a fascination with bridges from all around the world and the light that dances on the water next to the bridges. Bridges represent emotional gateways which we often cross in our lives and, of course, there are the idiomatic phrases, “burning your […]
The city provides so many images, it can be a bit overwhelming. I often strive to capture a tiny image within a larger image and “hocus focus”…a singular, almost unseen image in the scheme of things. I love to roam the old city centers in a floor-length to-die-for gown, comfy tennis shoes and my camera, with my eyes and mind wide open. This poster was captured on the streets of Berlin where parts of the poster had been ripped off to create […]