all the world’s a stage

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allo toute le monde. i’ve had this post up and ready to go for a couple of days but never got to hit ‘publish’. i kept falling asleep and then jumping right to work in the mornings. but it’s sunday and i’m back on the grid and getting ready for a long trip starting tomorrow. i’ll be in asheville, nc at Desirant for a couple of days then it’s off to ny and nj to see my guy and family for graduations and dad’s day.

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anyhoo, i’m keeping up with the bookmarks and this was a random selection from the other day: artlyriquefr.fr/Opera. not sure why i saved it then (like 4 years ago) but loved stumbling across it now.

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it never ceases to amaze me how paris (and so many other places) were created out of thin air, with just an idea, paper and quill…coupe transversale

or pencil…no cranes or computers, just men devoted to a cause.

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it’s truly worthy of awe and wonder. i love these folks just stolling by, taking it for granted over a 100 years ago

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but it’s exquisite, the depth, precision and dreams that went into its creation. and who built it? they’re long forgotten…

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the thousands who’ve climbed the stairs over the centuries are very fortunate to experience a piece of history.

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it was probably  a real marvel at the time. i bet parisians were very proud of it.

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now it sits majestically as part of the landscape.

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even in modern times is still grand and mysterious as ever. i ask you, could this be built today? quel feat! have a wonderful sunday~

June 12, 2016. Tags: , , . Architectural Elements, Architecture, Opera, Paris. 6 comments.

a white night

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hi all, happy tuesday night. it seems by the time i get here it’s pretty late and tonight is no exception. i’m gonna make this short and sweet. it was a dreary day and although i ran around a lot, am not sure much was accomplished. then again, who’s to say what’s an accomplishment as long as there was progress, right?

real quick before we get going, wanted to announce the winner from the other day with the christian lacroix journal and it is…Paige!

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please email me at theparisapartment@gmail.com with your address and i’ll send it out tomorrow.

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white out

i’ve been procrastinating photographing some of my pieces cause it’s a lot of work to shoot, edit, upload, crop, colorize, measure, describe and post items to my website as well as some of the other portals i sell with. to make the process more bearable, i started to break it down to digestible bites. now instead of doing it all at once, i shot in the afternoon so i can edit while i’m relaxing and watching tv. this small change took away a lot of the stress of feeling like not much was getting done since there is so much involved with each and every piece.

 

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i shot a collection of japanese goddesses that have been waiting patiently to go up on my website. i like the clean look of having white backgrounds and there are lots of techniques and tricks to getting images to pop. the one above is not perfect, in fact she needs work (the lights are reflecting on her forehead, the bottom still has shadows and is not completely white)…but below is a quick overview of how i shoot and try to get the background to recede. there are other videos and articles below to check out if you want to go deeper but this is my method:

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pixelz.com/blog/photograph-white-products-on-white-backgrounds-ecommerce

 

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pixelz.com/blog/high-key-photography-white-products-on-white-backgrounds-part-ii

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anyway, that’s what’s up for today. if i was really on top of it i’d spend the next hour working on the pics i took but think i’ll call it a night instead and do something radical like…read! my friend dayle sent me a book i’ve been dying to dive into so, until tomorrow, sweet, pure white dreams!

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January 13, 2016. Tags: , , . Photography, the paris apartment project, TPA Project. 6 comments.

a french tradition: the gingerbread & ham antique fair

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bonjour from paree~coming to you from a day of shopping on the outskirts of paris to visit a fair that happened to be happenning while we’re here. i’ve always wanted to check out the foire de chatou which is held on what’s affectionately known as ‘the island of the impressionists’ from a time when painters like monet and renoir created some of their most famous works here.

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today chatou hosts a fair that’s been a tradtion since the middle ages, having moved around a lot and finally finding its home twice a year in this idyllic spot. it’s definitely worth a trip if you’re here at the right time of year.

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how it became known as the fair of ham and gingerbread is another story and you can read all about it on the fair’s website linked above.

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like all things in paris it’s taken on an air of a pleasant afternoon strolling through chic stands and trying to decide what to get when you want it all. well, almost all.

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there was a mix of furniture, lighting and linens

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with the displays full of smalls including glass, paintings and statuary

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i guess i was a little obsessed with this vendor but there was so much creativity in his tiny space

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i had an urge to leave with garden goodies, and maybe cause i just got a dog, fell in love with these.

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but i had to be realistic about shipping this time, and sneaking these in with my carry-on was not gonna workIMG_5141

so instead we enjoyed the weather and ate like kings and queens

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chatouchatou lunch

the food and desserts were gorgeous, but i was so busy eating that i didn’t get too many photos of the food

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when we were fully nourished i vowed to stick with paper and ephemera starting with this old portable writing set, aka early laptop

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these engravings were hand tinted, matted in gray and hung in coral frames

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we found some of our own and decided to frame them at home

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as both a book and handwriting lover i’m always looking for journals and ledgers. under a table was one from a boulangerie

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and i couldn’t resist these artist sketchbooks from the 1800s

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suffice it to say i wanted it all

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i have a weakness for what the french call all things ‘gallant’, aka erotica to us, basically all things ‘boudoir’

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but as scarlet said, ‘tomorrow is another day’ and iit’s getting late. but before signing off, as promised, have hit the RaNdOm NuMbER Generator to give away the books from the last post. and the winners are Deborah McReynolds and Catherine. 

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if you can send me your addresses the books can go out next week when i get back. but if you didn’t win that one, we do have another, brought to you by richard nahem of i prefer paris. he’s a friend of mine living in paris and has started a monthly subscription of postcards featuring his beautiful shots around the city. the first month’s set is up for today’s giveaway so if you’re interested just say the word and we’ll do another drawing tomorrow. et alors, it’s time to shut it down, good night!

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September 25, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Antique Shopping, Chatou, Paris Flea Markets. 17 comments.

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