Paris in black and white

Old Aug 29th, 2014, 12:20 PM
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Paris in black and white

I have only recently rediscovered how interesting it can be to see Paris in black and white, just like in the old movies and photographs. When I was little, half of the postcards for sale were still in black and white, but of course I would go straight for the garish ones in color.

But when you start looking at Paris again without all of the color, it helps you to realize what a timeless place it is. Many of the scenes look 50 or 100 or 150 years old and the obvious anachronisms just sort of fade away.

Here is a compendium that I have started of modern Paris scenes in black & white or sepia and it is really remarkable how much more powerful some of the images become: http://tinyurl.com/parisbw
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 12:30 PM
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As a "valued" member of Any Port In A Storm, I received an email yesterday alerting me to your post. Very nice photos, and it gives one a good feel of the Paris of days gone by...even though the photos are in the present. Nice job!

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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 01:17 PM
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These aren't yours, correct.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 01:26 PM
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I have taken each and every one of those photos with my Lumix in the last two weeks.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 01:35 PM
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Then you are to be commended as they exceed your previous efforts.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 01:40 PM
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Thanks, but I think it just means that black & white imparts a completely different sensibility to pictures of Paris (and probably also London and Rome). And when you take black & white photos, you frame them differently because you are no longer distracted by the colourful elements.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 02:18 PM
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great
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 02:30 PM
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Wunnerful wunnerful. As a lover of B&W, what a treat. As a lover of Paris--an even better treat.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 02:39 PM
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I've always loved B&W photos of Paris. Thanks for another great report!
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 02:45 PM
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Oh so interesting and beautiful
My favorites are the after dark photos and the photos with just a touch of color really jump out at you.
Thanks for another stunning look at my favorite place.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 04:25 PM
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J'adore Paris in B&W.
I am reading The Monuments Men so this is my frame of reference right now.
Thanks for posting.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 04:34 PM
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This collection is lovely, just lovely! Question: the building with the tile sign, "Assainissement de Paris," what is that, an old laundry? I loved the little signs to the left and right, of the computer game characters! They're obviously more recent additions to that facade!
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 05:45 PM
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I really like the black and white and the subjects and composition of the photos.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 06:33 PM
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Nice....I love B & W!
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 06:58 PM
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Stunning! Just stunning images, Kerouac!
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 09:14 PM
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If you can look at B & W's made with the gelatin silver process which creates an image with low grain and high contrast. Man Ray was a master of it.
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Old Aug 29th, 2014, 09:57 PM
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"Assainissement de Paris," what is that, an old laundry?

That's along the Canal Saint Martin. "Assainissement" refers to sewage treatment. The artist 'Invader' has placed little computer game mosaics all over the city (in fact, all over the world). Even the building I live in has a space invader on it.

http://www.space-invaders.com/
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 10:15 PM
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I agree Paris is great in B&W. Thanks for the link to your photos. I took one that I like of the Eiffel Tower at night on my most recent trip. Link if anyone wants to see it:

http://spencercoxphoto.com/p1036742646#h3456a163
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 10:52 PM
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That's a fantastic photo. A CGI company would probably charge big bucks to recreate a scene like that.
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Old Aug 30th, 2014, 11:03 PM
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Very nice work Spencer
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