Did you ever see the photo of the watermelon that some genius had managed to grow into a square shape so it would fit in the fridge?
It’s an image that stayed in my mind for a couple of reasons, how we manipulate nature way too much and the strangeness of seeing a fruit so familiar transformed into a cube.
You are probably wondering what square watermelons have to do with pics of Paris at night but I can assure you they are related.
You see I have spent so many hours at the computer this past month preparing my workshops that my butt looks like that watermelon, a perfect square that I could stick in the fridge!!
Ok, so I am suffering from a large dose of cabin fever!!
To combat the square butt I leave the house around dark and make my way to my printer (walk and work).
After days (weeks) of concentrating on my own, what a joy it is to be a voyeur in Paris. I love the night and I love when the shops, cafes and bars are playing out little scenes like moments in a French film.
A lady buying a beautiful bunch of flowers, a girl sitting in a quiet cafe reading the paper, a man buying bread warm out of the oven and having a joke with the shop assistant and me gazing into a vintage window shop mentally noting all the things I would love for a shoot.
It’s moments like these that I love Paris! I love her worlds, all of them, the glam ones and the grungy ones and I want to hug myself that I live in ‘this film’.
So if any of you out there are suffering from too many hours in front of a computer I can highly recommend a winter stroll around Paris or you local town and check out your ‘local cinema’.
If you are in Paris you will probably love Paris Vu Par Hollywood, a wonderful exhibition of Hollywood’s obsession with making films in Paris throughout the years.
Have a wonderful weekend.
“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world”. Jean-Luc Godard