Paris Feb 2004

Peter Marshall


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In 2004 I stayed with my wife for a few days in February around St Valentine's Day in a hotel close to the Place de la République where Daguerre demonstrated his invention in his Diorama. This was a holiday for us and the only camera I took with me was a compact digital Canon Ixus.

In good light the pictures are fine, but always oversharpened, which makes prints larger than A4 a problem. In low light image quality plummets, so there are few night pictures here. I had only had the camera for a few weeks, and had not got used to the shutter lag, and had sometimes begun to put the camera away by the time it got around to taking a picture. But there were plenty of others than I hope give an interesting view of the city, or at least some of our favourite parts of it.

The pictures are arranged in the order I took them. I have decided not to try to add captions, as there are many that I have only a vague idea now of where I took them. As well as a few popular places visted by tourists (Montmartre, Île Saint-Louis ...) they include some of our favourite walks in Belleville and Ménilmontant, my wanderings on the way from near the Louvre to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie before it opened on Sunday morning, our visit to Gentilly (for la Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau), our visit to the Musée de Cluny and some wanderings around the Latin Quarter, a walk along one of Paris's underground rivers, the Bièvre, and along the south bank of the Seine out towards the east of the centre.


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