Die Mimik der Téthys

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connections.

Die Mimik der Téthys, 2019 (the facial expressions of the Téthys) is the creation of Julius Von Bismarck that is displayed in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France.  Téthys was the sea goddess of Greek mythology.

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According to a sign accompanying the exhibit,

The artist picked up a disused buoy just off the French coasts, a form of sign-posting used to facilitate navigation and warn boats of any dangers. Today suspended at the Palais de Tokyo, [it] reproduces in real time, thanks to a complex network of motors and cables, the movement of the buoy that has replaced it.

Because of the data connections between the exhibited buoy and the real buoy, we could “watch” the movements of the real buoy as it was being tossed on the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of miles away.

Man with a Beard — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From the Side

This is our second entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From the Side.

While visiting Paris this month, we took in the Palais de Tokyo — a modern art museum. (We had decided to avoid the “main” attractions because of the crowds but read that this was one of the better “second tier” museums. Paris has some pretty high tiers.)

Modern art museums with contemporary exhibits seem to have several that are interactive. One exhibit in the Palais de Tokyo has very large electronic screens that project the profiles of those who stand behind them. We spent several minutes looking at various screens while our fellow visitors posed. One of our favorite subjects was this man:

On Canal Saint Martin — Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: In or On Water

This is our entry in Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: In or On Water.

During our most recent visit to Paris, we decided to concentrate on activities that are not in the “Top 10” of most tourists.  One of these activities was a 2.5 hour cruise on Canal Saint Martin, beginning at the Arsenal Marina and ending at Parc de la Villette. According to our guide, the first 1.8 kilometers of the total 4.6 kilometer length are underground.  The photo below was taken from the front of the boat as it approached the end of the underground part. The arcs of light on the ceiling are reflected on the water below.

 

 

 

 

Le Chat Noir 1881 — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Store Front and Building Signs

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Store Front and Building Signs.

Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat) is a  café  – restaurant – brasserie – club in the Pigalle district of Paris, France. Here since 1881, its store front features the red and black of the nearby  famous Parisian cabaret, the Moulin Rouge (red windmill).

This photo was taken on September 17, 2016. Specs are: Canon 100D, ISO 640, f/8, 1/320 sec, 18 mm.

 

 

Favorite Place to Visit: the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Favorite Place.

Our favorite place to visit is La Fontaine Médicis dans le Jardin du Luxembourg (the Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens) in Paris, France.  To view the fountain properly, one must select two iconic green Parisian park chairs, one with arms and the other without, place the armed chair at the far side of the path with a good view of the fountain, place the unarmed chair directly in front but with back facing the fountain (while not blocking the path), place ones feet on the unarmed chair, and lean back to lose oneself in contemplation of the water features and statues Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea as well as the other statues on the fountain behind and above this masterpiece.  The tourists in this photo didn’t need the extra chairs for a proper appreciation of the fountain.

This photo was taken on March 17, 2003. Specs are:

Canon PowerShot S40, ISO 50, f/2.8, 1/640 sec, 7 mm.

For more photos of this beautiful fountain, please visit our earlier post at La Fontaine Médicis dans le Jardin du Luxembourg.

 

Paris Rain — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rain or Rainbow

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rain or Rainbow.

This photo of the Louvre Pyramids and courtyard was taken in Paris, France, during an evening rain shower.   Even though we had an umbrella and a sleeve for the camera to protect the lens from raindrops, we were so caught up in photographing the beautiful scene that we didn’t notice the raindrops until too late. Even though we caught the same scene after drying the lens, we liked this image even better.  The raindrops caused polygon-shaped flares in the image.

This photo was taken on October 7, 2016.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/22, 6.0 sec, 18mm

YikeBike — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of Any Kind.

This YikeBike, a folding electric bicycle, was displayed on a wall of the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France, along with a few other esoteric bicycles, when we visited in October 2015.  If you visit the YikeBike website, you too can own a Model V for only USD $4995.

This photo was taken on October 11, 2015. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2, 1/10 sec, 4.5 mm.