Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Weekend in Black and White

I have a special fondness for the passages
of Paris (and worked in one of them
for several years).  Some have been spruced
up and are filled with colorful shops.
Some are a bit run-down, with more utilitarian
businesses—like this one, Passage du Caire.
It may not be very elegant, but it has good bones.

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  1. With a skylight designed after Naum Gabo who could go wrong?

    I do like the looks of your passage. It looks real, lived in. And not at all like some sterile, artificial architectural prop one would be afflicted by on a Disneyland Main Street.

    Kidding and whinging aside this has got to be one of the most fascinating photos of Paris I have ever seen. Paris! The real deal. Atget even.

  2. Looking around the street view I was surprised that this was really close to the old Cour des Miracles that played such a key role in The Hunchback of Notre Dame as the place of residence of those whom, um, often derived income from alternative means.

    I love those three lasses who have aspirations as caryatids as here.

    The other entrance looks even more lived in (or on).

  3. If those three women seem to have a bit of an Egyptian aura about them it could be explained by Caire being French for Cairo.

  4. The lines in the ceiling creates great patterns. Well photographed.

  5. Wonderful photo! I like the lines and light!


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