48/52 Paris (3) All that glisters…

I haven’t yet done a Project 52 post with a colour as a theme, but by chance I noticed that there was a lot of gold in my photos from Paris so I thought I’d make that my theme for this week. Gold also happens to be vaguely festive, and I will grudgingly allow for festivity now it is December.

The first two images were taken at the Château de Versailles, which is a veritable festival of gold leaf. It strikes me that there’s no great surprise that the starving peasants revolted against a bunch of nobles living in a palace the size of a small country with gold on its roof, gates and fountains. The photo on the left is the iconic emblem of the Sun King, and that on the right shows part of the Latona fountain. I had never heard this particular Greek myth before, but it involves the mother of Apollo who was doomed to roam the earth to avoid the jealous Hera, and cursed some peasants who refused her water, turning them into frogs. This is one of those unfortunates in the middle of that process.

The next shot was taken in a dark corner of Notre Dame de Paris. The crucifixion caught my eye, as it was in a sparsely lit side chapel and seemed to glow out of the darkness.

Crucifix, Notre Dame de Paris. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Walking by the Seine one evening, we spotted this curious feature, which I had never seen before, a replica of the torch of the Statue of Liberty. There is something very odd about the shape or the way the light hits the gold, because it somehow appears out of focus on the right-hand side, as if it were moving, yet the rest of the shot is fine. It is followed by an image of the clock in the grand hall at the Musée d’Orsay and an absolutely beautiful Gingko tree (the photo doesn’t do it justice) with golden autumn leaves.

Replica of Liberty’s torch, Paris. Copyright Fiona Michie.


Clock, Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Gingko tree, Paris. Copyright Fiona Michie.

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