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Monday, February 04, 2008

Montmartre

If you walk slowly enough and look hard enough, there hidden treasures everywhere in Montmartre cemetery. OK so I also tweaked this in Photoshop, that's true -- but all I did was copy the original image to a new layer, flip it horizontally, then using a layer mask and the gradient tool I made a mirror copy, merged the two layers together to form a new, more harmonious image.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

City of the Dead - Pere Lachaise

If this street were a bit wider one might almost mistake it for the Appian Way, or what I like to think the Appian Way once looked like. Anyway, this is a fairly typical example of what sees by simply strolling this incredible open space. Here you can explore the strata of the last two hundred years of French history laid out for you in the form of a compact French village. Amazing.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Laurent in Belleville

Belleville cemetery sits on the spot where Claude Chappe set up his first semaphore station. One of the most evocative pieces of funerary statuary in Paris is without a doubt the remains of a bust that sits over the graves of the Laurent family.