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Rita Crane Photography: Paris / Le Marais / buildings / Eglise St. Gervais / Restaurant Chez Julien / street shot / long exposure / night / cars  / The Ancients Watching Traffic in the Marais | by Rita Crane Photography
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Rita Crane Photography: Paris / Le Marais / buildings / Eglise St. Gervais / Restaurant Chez Julien / street shot / long exposure / night / cars / The Ancients Watching Traffic in the Marais

Les Anciens, si patients, si venerables, regardent passer la circulation frenetique moderne. Que pensent-ils de notre vie?

 

I'm posting this one because it symbolizes perfectly the experience of taking pictures of historic buildings in modern cities. When in Europe and working on these kinds of photo series the challenge is always modern day traffic. This was taken in the ancient Marais district near Pont Louis-Philippe. Despite the light trails being 'an unplanned accident' I love how it turned out. One feels the Ancient Ones standing motionless in their historic style, while the modern age zooms by in a completely different time zone.

 

You see here the historic little neighborhood restaurant Chez Julien, and in the background is the ancient church of St. Gervais et St. Protais looming in the darkness. Then there's the sudden appearance of the 21st century. !!! See more information on this place here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Saint-Gervais

 

There is a population density of 23,000 people per square kilometer in Paris! Where I live in rural northern California there are about 7 per square kilometer. It is utterly different.

 

Paris is a beautiful city that I love so much and yet.....and yet....the traffic is intense: what to do about transportation for all the inhabitants and visitors?? Everyone needs to get around in this city, of course, but at what cost to the quality of life do people use their cars? Recently a bicycle program throughout the city has been created....a great idea, and apparently it is helping.

  

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Taken on February 14, 2007