The wonders of technology. A little update on my progress with the “12 City Project” live from Paris ! Some people like to stay in the same quartier everytime they visit Paris and make it their own little corner of the city. I’ve taken the opposite approach for the last number of years and mostly choose different areas. This means that I can view the city with slightly fresh eyes, even though the city is very familiar to me ,ever since studying here.
This time I’m staying in the 13th, not far from the Place d’Italie. I chose this location because I wanted to be close to the Butte aux Cailles area, a little village within Paris.
So far, two days in, I’ve completed 8 Polaroids which isn’t a bad output. About 4 Polaroids a day is a comfortable number to complete, because doing many more than that can be a bit of a race against time. This is because each one can take at least an hour to complete, and the image only remains workable for a couple of hours.
Of course, strolling around taking the photographs is only part of the equation. Its also important to find a good place to do the manipulations and I found a lovely place for that today – L’Oisive The . If I was local then this would become a favourite haunt – a cafe with a lovely relaxed chatty atmosphere in a mixture of French and English, and an amazing range of teas to boot. They also run a knitting group on a Wednesday night , and possibly other days too.
The photos at the top of this post are a triptych based around Pont Neuf – they aren’t scanned or colour adjusted finalversions – just snapshots of the worked poloroids.