Julian Escardo

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still

Tag: Paris

March…

Good morning!…Still feeling the chill but Paris is slowly warming up with the feel and colors of Spring. If you are planning a trip over this is probably the time to do it, early blossoms, young growth, not that many tourists yet and still, museums and cafes to enjoy to the fullest.

My latest captures here take me once more to LA first, and my study of flow in contemporary architecture. You’ve seen my Getty waves and I’ve attempted to take it to the next level and dig deeper into its sensual form. Following that is a short stint I did last Sunday at La Défense, my preferred business district here in Paris where I go to find new angles amid new construction taking place every week it seems. My rendition is that of the back of a well known building (seen further down my stream) mirroring its facade. The tones I gave the photograph fit well with it’s ancient feel – someone said that of a medieval sword – yet an absolute contemporary structure otherwise. On that subject, many contemporary architects get their inspiration from medieval, Roman and Greek structures when they design.

BTW (and without further ado) I have inaugurated a new blog dealing with Paris Fashion through my street photography: I kindly invite you to visit http://julianescardofashion.wordpress.com  for its maiden page, and hit subscribe!

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Dialog 7…

Good morning!!…It is November and it is raining in Paris. But life is beautiful and goes on, inevitably for some, graciously for others. All I know is that there are constants, such as the sun, the moon, etc. They are out there to see, to admire. To me it is architecture; I love the urban expressions, the lines, how the city shines in different lights according to the time of day. Below are some examples of Urban Dialog, please enjoy them as I do my passion.

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Thank you for your visit as always.

Julian

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Procrastination…

Good morning!!….In spite of having procrastinated (by a lot this time!!) I wish to start this post with my usual cheery GM. We all deserve a good morning, a good day and if we can help it a good life. At least there is one thing we can control, and that is what we choose to see, and how we choose to see things. I believe strongly that there is beauty all around us….in people, in things, in the things we smell (or choose to smell if you get my drift). In my case a large part of my life out there, walking consists of looking straight up and today’s post makes no exception to that fact and the beauty that exists thanks to architects. Please enjoy and as always, feel free to comment, ask or simply offer your opinion.

Clouds…

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Night…

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Traces…(iPhone5 capture)

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Thank you again for allowing me to procrastinate (as if you did have a choice…lol). I trust that with four postings I was able to compensate a little. Above all thank you for following my work and as usual you can head off to my facebook page for more  info and up to the minute posts.

Cheers!

Julian

p.s. : all work is ©2013 Julian Escardo Photography

Books n’such…

Good morning!!…I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Bibliothèque Nationale de France Site François-Mitterrand recently and took a couple of photographs to [at least] try and mark the spot. Lets agree that nothing that can be taken can do justice to four magnificent buildings (18 floors each) placed square in a great big esplanade……enough public space to chill and housing for the largest collection of books in Europe. I first want to say that I am grateful for the permission I was granted to come in and shoot on an ‘off’ day. And rightfully so I want to make full disclosure and say that even though the photography is entirely mine I am aware and acknowledge that the rights of the same are those of the BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Dominique Parrault, Architecte / ©ADAGP, Paris 2013).

Having said that I have to say that access to public buildings in Paris has been fantastic, and much more efficient and friendly than in other parts of the world. Rules are rules and I always observe them of course – it is not only the right thing to do but the most secure and logical in this day and age. However, us/we photographers have to know our rights too and not always cede if we are pursuing artistic or informative images. The best thing is generally to approach the place you are planning to photograph and be polite, yet get passed the usual suspects like basic security guards who will always say no just in case (not always however, in the interest of disclosure I have met some great and very knowledgeable guys and ladies in security positions).

On the move…

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These two photographs intend to capture the dynamic architecture of the place…..but by all means do not do justice to the whole which I invite you to imagine or research via the links I provided. I had a great time and again ty and ty to Mme Sylvie S. from Production photo – photothèque – Délégation à la communication BNF.

Thank you for your continued support and visits as always.

Julian

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Uptown….

Good morning!…….just a bit of dynamic action on account of beautiful uptown Paris, La Défense district. Slight HDR effect to allow for a more theatrical feel. Please enjoy!

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Thank you for visiting as always,

Julian

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Relationships….

Good morning!!…..I thought I would briefly offer two examples of what I call urban relationships – that is to say how buildings relate to one another in an urban setting, and how the parts of a building relate to each other. In my first example, taken in the Paris business district of La Défense, the photograph speaks for itself. I love how the two structures seem to lean against one another, to talk, maybe even watch us go by. The second is a re-edit one of my favorite captures of Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall – and in it we can see how well all the parts play a role, but integrate, form a team that will eventually oh and ah may passers-by and those who enter the structure.

Either way, buildings can be a symbol of beauty and elegance; and sometimes all we have to do is look up to see their display of grace.  I hope you like them, and if you wish to see more please follow my work here: http://www.facebook.com/FJEimages

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Thank you for visiting…

Julian

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Opera and wine…

Good morning!!….my walks continue and here are a couple of contemporary pieces taken in Paris and Saint Émilion respectively. The first is a slice of the Opéra Bastille (the new one v the old and magnificent Opera Garnier…). The second I came across while touring a winery in St. Émilion called Château Soutard – as usual one is keeping up with the guests so I had but one second to choose how to capture these steel stairs…..I saw them and forged ahead before anyone could block my view. For one beautiful second the wine took second place and I didn’t mind making a fool of myself by rushing ahead. I hope you like them……..enjoy!

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The wine…

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From fabulous music to superb wine….this was a fun ride which I hope you will enjoy. Your opinions are welcome so please feel free to comment. For more photography please visit my Facebook pro page at www.facebook.com/FJEimages

Thank you!

Julian

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Diptych…

Good morning!!………Further exploring as seen in the photographs preceding this duo. I often will go back to a place I like and have another ‘dialogue’ with my subject. And I don’t know why but I have a feeling this won’t be the last time – here’s to the great I. M. Pei. Please enjoy this very brief architectural post and thank you in advance for stopping by (both Musée du Louvre entrance hall btw).

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Btw: your opinions count, don’t be shy~

Julian

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Stairs unlimited…

Good morning!…Winter in Paris and it’s gray and rainy – I had to run a couple of errands around the Orsay and was lacking some contemporary feel so I popped into the entrance hall at the Louvre (just across the Seine from the M’O). No money spent, just the entrance hall to capture some lines. The trick here was to avoid overexposure due to the strong white light coming in through the skylight, a challenge onto itself. They were operating the ‘lift’ tube up and down so I took advantage of that and selected a looking down and looking down view with it fully deployed to present the pieces. I love how the Europeans incorporate new designs into old/classical structures; a practice that is normal these all over the world, such being the case with the ROM in Toronto and countless buildings in London for example. Please enjoy them and look for more in future postings….

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Julian

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Curved…

Good morning!….I am posting a minimally edited photograph taken at La Défense, Paris to, once again, pay homage to naturally curved architecture, and a lot of glass of course. This is a business area of Paris known for its contemporary feel, and the center of attraction is the Grande Arche (not depicted here). I love how the french incorporate sculptures in many of their buildings, this one being of a sizable proportion – there is not a whole lot of contemporary architecture in Paris (yet some very innovative buildings) but here at La Défense one can have a veritable feast……please enjoy it!

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Julian

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