Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme … NEUTRAL
In the European Spring of 2012, I spent 10 days in Paris – capturing images that would suit the idea of a “timeless” City of Light … processed in black and white, under leaden skies, gentle rain and with occasional sunshine breaking through cloud. The palette suited the landscape I was trying to portray at the time. That concept became a Photo Book called Paris Lumiere, available on Blurb as an eBook
But, the reality behind many of those sombre black and white images is another colour scheme …. the warm, butter coloured stone that Paris is built from – Lutecium Limestone. It provides the perfect neutral background for the Plane tree lined streets, window flower boxes and Juliet balconies.
“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast