Friday, June 22, 2012

Photos: Fete de la Musique, Paris, 2012

Although I learnt different seasons in school, the concept was experienced for the first time when I moved to US. There are four distinct seasons and they have their own characteristics. But Paris is taking this even further. There is something associated with the arrival of a new season. I received Muguet de Bois signaling the arrival of spring. Paris also has a way of welcoming summer too with a ritual named Fete de la Musique roughly translated as Festival of Music.

Imagine bands all over the city playing music for the residents and visitors. That is what it is all about. People are walking in the streets, coming across random bands and random music. Doesn't that sound awesome? June 21st is the day when it happens. The summer arrives. The city rejoices. If you were in Paris yesterday, then you would have realized the weather wasn't the best for such an event. It was raining, shining and cloudy. The weather conditions were alternating. But Parisians and the bands braved the unpredictable weather to have fun.

Of course, I had my camera with me. You can see one of the pictures below.




It is vague just the way I like it. It has a patch of red; again the way I like it. You can't see his face. I wanted to add mystery to the picture. He was playing an musical instrument. He has attached a sheet of notes on the top of the instrument. The patch of red is from the trumpet that was being played by another band member standing behind him.

Like I mentioned, vague was the key thought behind the picture. I wanted to make you do a second take in this picture. Tell me if I succeeded.

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14 comments:

  1. Enjoy the summer in Paris Nona ! And yes you did succeed with the picture by adding the right amount of mystery to it ...

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  2. With out the info given i would not know what was going on :))

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  3. Forgot to mention, excellent shot ~

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  4. Interesting pic...would have loved to see more of the festival!

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    1. I could take only a few pictures. :(

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  5. I have never been to Paris. It's definitely the place to be.

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    1. More than being, it is a place where you should live even if it is for a short duration. The place will change you.

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  6. Paris is one of my fav. places in the world. Few find it romantic but I find it intriguing just like your picture. :-)

    Have a great time.

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    1. Thanks. I don't find Paris as romantic or intriguing. I find it as fascinating. :)

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  7. Talk about mystery! The guy's eyes are also closed. Street musicians are pretty common in Europe. And coming from India it's one the exotic things I feel about the culture here

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    1. You find a lot of street musicians in Paris. This picture was taken during the music festival. 3 days where streets are filled with various bands - established and non-established. This is one of the ways Parisians welcome summer. :)

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