Saturday, 31 January 2009

Paris froid 7

Sacré-Coeur, just after closing time, just after sunset, just before dark, seen from the very spot where I stood to take the photo. It was there when we went, it probably still is now. I lied about the horse – I couldn’t be in two places at once, could I?
I’ve done a week of these holiday snaps. It feels like a decade. Being a proper blogger is harder than I thought. I’ll alter course a bit tomorrow.

Friday, 30 January 2009

Paris froid 6

You can point your camera pretty much anywhere in Paris and get a picture – as long as you press the button. A bit of evening light helps. There’s a lot of it knocking about in this one, taken, again, from in front of Sacré-Coeur. There may be some monuments in amongst the rooftops, who knows. Full marks if you spotted the lamppost.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Paris froid 5

Here’s a tree with the Eiffel tower nestling between its branches, seen from just to the left of the Sacré-Coeur. This is slightly out of focus because I removed my glasses to take the picture (or was it cold and I couldn’t stop shivering?). A pointless photograph, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Don’t worry – not many to go now; I only took 142.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Paris froid 4

This is a view from the basement of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. That’s me on the horse again, having ridden up the hill to Montmartre. I’m offering up my sword to the Moon (the small white thing that looks like dust on the lens). The French Moon is remarkably similar to the English one, but they call it ‘La Lune’, after a tune by Debussy.
It wasn’t me who broke the railings.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Paris froid 3

This is the Jardin des Tuilleries with added snow. If you look carefully you can just make out my friends, Maggie and Mimi, in the evening light. These two are fond of getting up late and shopping. That’s why these photos have so much evening light in them.
Note the lamppost. Watch out for it in future posts! (if you can’t see any horses).

Monday, 26 January 2009

Paris froid 2

One of the best things we did was walk down the Seine towards Notre Dame at dusk on New Year’s Eve (we had to walk down the middle because the banks were closed - ha ha). This is Pont Neuf, complete with lampposts. The photograph has been cropped in the interests of balance.
That’s me on the horse. Watch out for us in future posts!

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Paris froid 1

What better way to start my new plan than to post a few holiday snaps!
Over the New Year I was invited to spend a week in Paris with some friends. It was cold but rather wonderful. My style tends towards the Post-Cardist school of photography and this is a good example - it’s got at least two monuments and a lamppost. It’s Place de la Concorde in the evening light. Remarkably boring, but I was there when it happened.
More to come.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Plan B: Change direction...

When I started Non-Stick Plans in April 2007 it never occurred to me to think about what to do if my drawing-a-day plan actually succeeded. The result has been an absence of any plan, non-stick or otherwise, since April 2008. Consequently it's become a bit of a goalless draw. It's become, not extinct, but indistinct.

At last I’ve decided on a new plan which will be to widen this blog's horizons a bit and make it more personal (like a real blog). Starting from tomorrow I'll be posting a greater variety of stuff including 'work I find interesting', photos, paintings, writing etc, as well as the occasional drawing.

How long this plan will stick is anyone’s guess, but at least it's a plan, of sorts. Feel free to back away slowly.