Self-Made Men — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 30, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 30, 2017.

This living statue was sitting on Rue Azais on Montmartre just down the hill from Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in Paris, France. The partially-created man on the right is chiseling the man on the left from stone. These street performers did not move while we were observing, except that the eyes of the man on the right thanked me for my donation in the box labeled MERCI (“thank you”).  The quote

les oeuvres d’art ne se trouvent pas seulement dans les musées

means, in English,

Works of art are not only found in museums

This work is derivative of Bobbie Carlyle’s bronze sculpture titled Self Made Man, photos of which can be seen at her official website. According to her website,

Self Made Man is perhaps her best known work depicting man carving himself and his future from the raw stone from which he emerges.

This photo was taken on September 17, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/3.4, 1/200 sec, 9.6 mm


Glass, Squared


This photo is a reflection in a store window, captured by holding the camera touching and almost parallel to the glass of the window. The photo was taken in Paris, France, in October, 2015. Specs are:

Canon 50D: ISO 400, 1/400, f/6.3, 28mm

Restaurant Au Petit Creux

This photo was taken in Montmartre, Paris, France in October 2015.The name of the restaurant means, loosely, “a little hungry” or perhaps “munchies” or “snacks.” The interior of the restaurant that is closest to the window is seen (overhead lights, lady, Eiffel Tower statue). A building across the street is reflected in the window. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 800, 1/80 sec, f/4.7, 90mm

wine bottle and glass
Wine bottle and glass

This photo was taken at a sidewalk table outside Cafe Nazir in Montmartre in Paris, France. The wine bottle and glass are reflected in each other, and both reflect food and a red napkin from the table. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 100, 1/60 sec, f/2.3, 5.5 mm

stained glass
Stained glass window

This photo shows a stained glass window in the Chateau de Fontainebleau, near Paris, France. Viewed in person, the glass tapestries appear to have a velvet texture. The photo was taken in October, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4: ISO 500, 1/30 sec, f/2.6, 6.4mm

What Frenchman? – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 12

Frenchman with a big head and a baguette

Last October, we were standing on the steps of Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, Paris, preparing to walk out into the rain again, fiddling with the umbrella.

Suddenly, I heard “Look at the Frenchman with the big head and the baguette.”

“Where?” I said. “What Frenchman?”

It took too long to spot what was obviously a very large head topped with a beret. We never figured out why he was there. Perhaps he was selling portraits with himself. Perhaps he was advertising a nearby restaurant. As the photo shows, no one (except us) took any notice. It’s hard to compete with the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

What Frenchman?

Sacré-Coeur Basilica