Tell A Story – Activity

The activity this week was to tell a story that has a clear beginning middle and end in 5 to 7 images that could be local. ParisPhoto was this weekend and I decided to make a return visit as in 2016 it was one of the field trips for the MA course. Work is currently very busy so I decided to compress my time in Paris to two days. Travelling on the Saturday and returning on the Sunday. Saturday was planned for ParisPhoto and OffPrint and Sunday morning time to shoot a continuation of my City Canyons project in Paris. I had originally intended that this activity would be the story of my trip to PhotoParis however when shooting around Paris on Sunday I decided I had a stronger story about the journey to finding the Eiffel Tower which was a 20 minute walk from my hotel.

The first image is the view of the Eiffel Tower from just outside the hotel front entrance. It had been raining overnight and the sky’s remained heavy suggesting a downpour was imminent. For me it created a melancholy feeling to my walk to the tower.

This  second image taken maybe about 0.5 km from the Eiffel Tower I really liked as the trees framed the tower and gave the impression of it being something organic.

I got close the base of the Eiffel Tower to be greeted by a Steel wall that stretched left and right as far as I could see. A reminder of the fact that Paris and France are a country under attack. This ring of steel around a landmark is a counterpoint to the French values of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity (En.wikipedia.org, 2017) fostered after the French Revolution.

The next image I included to reinforce the message that freedom comes at a price we are all being watched and we can no longer roam where we want without restrictions.

The final image in my series was the entrance to gain access to the Eiffel Tower with the queue of people waiting in the rain. 

References

  • En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Liberté, égalité, fraternité. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libert%C3%A9,_%C3%A9galit%C3%A9,_fraternit%C3%A9 [Accessed 19 Nov. 2017].
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