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Charles Garnier wanted this foyer to resemble the gallery of a classical chateau.The ceiling was painted by Paul Baudry and portrays themes from the history of music. It is dominated by the lyre, which is also found on other things, such as the heating grates and doorknobs.
Speaking of interiors, I recently post a shot of La Sainte-Chapelle. I was asked if I wanted to sell this photo, so I looked at getting a property release to allow this. after an email conversation with the historic monument people in France, they finally told me that they wanted 1100 Euros for the release. 1100 Euros! I declined the offer and I'm no longer going to sell the work.
This, plus the Eiffel Tower copyright silliness, shows me that the French have the wrong attitude to not only photography, but also to their architecture as a whole. I can understand having a nominal fee for these things, but this is simply ridiculous. Anyway, this photo is packed full of detail, so please view this larger. (Press L)
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/8.0 / 17-40mm @ 17mm