July 05, 2011

Rooftop Soliloquy























Before my trip, I read the book Rooftops of Paris. It contains utterly beautiful watercolor paintings by Fabrice Moireau depicting this "levitated, almost unreal world". To capture his views, he would slip into apartment buildings, pretending to live there, and painted while perched precariously on high. I wasn't quite as bold as Fabrice, but was determined to capture this landscape of form, pattern, and rhythm. There is nothing like the feeling of stepping out onto a rooftop to suddenly have Paris there in front of you, in all its magic, at an unfamiliar altitude.

21 comments:

differencebetweenus said...

it all look amazing! great work! :)

starrybluesky said...

Oh - I love these. Somehow roof tops in Paris are particularly beautiful - all that white and grey. For a while I lived in one of those attic studios on the top floor like those in some of the photos here, with a tiny little balcony. Ah - takes me right back :)

daisy buchanan said...

I'm usually a silent admirer but this is so lovely; just what I needed for a Tuesday stuck in the doldrums.

Irene said...

Thank you all!
starrybluesky: That must have been amazing! It's definitely a dream of mine to live in Paris for a time.

risamay said...

Wonderful shots. As usual! The last one is my favorite.

Kristina said...

these rooftops of Paris are truly amazing. wonderful photos, as always.

Sim said...

Wonderful work. I love the composition and the lighting. The photographs makes me want to go to France right now.Thanks for sharing.

barb ziemer said...

nice nice nice! just gorgeous!

Cassandra said...

those are gorgeous!

sécia said...

So amazing.

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wir 2 in Bremen said...

beyond cute...

RetroLove said...

Great photos! Are some of these made with a lens baby or is it only post production?

Marcie said...

What an extraordinary study of these chimney pots. Reminds me of the chimney sweep scene from Mary Poppins!

marinush said...

oh, I'm in love with these photos. Magic.

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nolitawanders said...

I just love your rooftop photos :)

Lavender Playground said...

Fabulous! I can't wait to see this view in person when I go to Paris!

Maddie Que said...

i love how you make the rooftops and the buildings look as if they existed as a miniature model of the real thing. it's amazing how you captured the beauty of these overlooked hide outs. really enjoyed these.

Kaylovesvintage said...

looks so pretty

where did stay in Paris?? Hotel?

asultan1 said...

Great work ! Loved them

Daan Flem said...

Love these! Always been enamored with the rooftops in Paris

Randell Jeffries said...

These roofs are gorgeous. I admire their simplicity and striking appeal. I totally get why Fabrice Moireau had to sneak out and pretend to be some apartment’s owner just to look at these stunning views. The houses and the roofs have something very catchy, and I, for one would also do anything just to look at their beauty and have something to remember.

Randell Jeffries