Blue, White, and Red
How do you get a purely unique shot of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, or Montmartre? Is there such a thing, is there an unseen angle yet to be discovered? A few months earlier we had our romantic introduction where I took all of these iconic shots. On our return, with a three week house-sit in Paris, I wanted to push myself to do more and find a new point of view. I brainstormed with Dalene over a bottle of red and to come up with some original photo shoot ideas.
With a few to choose from I finally decided on a theme of searching for the colours of the flag of France across the city. Every single photo would have to contain one or more of tricolours from the flag.
There are several interpretations of the meaning behind the colours on the flag. One theory has the white band in the middle representing the king and the blue and red bands for the revolutionaries who wore blue and red ribbons on their hats when storming Bastille. Other interpretations attach the colours to the nobility, clergy and bourgeois, another that they represent the values of the French Revolution (liberty, equality, brotherhood).
For me, they meant new inspiration. So I set off to some lesser-known neighbourhoods which I had yet to discover, and got to clicking.
It was a challenge to look with a “blue white and red” filter on as there were intriguing scenes I had to ignore because they didn’t have any of these colours. But in the end, besides being a lot of fun, it pushed Paris in a new direction for me. And it caused me to push myself.
I think I’ll do these themed shoots more often.