The Magic of Paris - Peoplephotography by worldcapture Week #8

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jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018 · 5 min read

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I have one simple question:

Is Paris magical or do we simply make it that way by the expectations we have for it as a city? I've definitely experienced the magic it has to offer. I only ask this question because of the photo I took above. If there was any question though, I'll set it straight first, this is my entry for @worldcapture's week eight people photography contest. Now back to the photo.

Paris is a beautiful city and I've been there twice. Very fittingly I had the pleasure of being their with someone I loved. Both times. As I'm writing this I'm realizing how bad it might sound that each individual trip was with a different girl. Just know this, the first time I was in love and the second time I was also in love but both were completely and utterly mutually exclusive. This post is not about love though or my many failed attempts at it.

When the sun sets in Paris during the middle of summer everything glows with the most golden hue you can possibly imagine. The water in every fountain sparkles, the growing shadows make each building look even bigger than they already are and the warmth of the sun can be felt until the last crest of it slips over the edge of the horizon. If you're anywhere near the Seine river it's as if you can see for miles in one direction and the city looks more alive than it ever did during the day. Pretty magical right?

Now add on top of that being there with someone you love. Don't forget all the stories you've heard about Paris. Imagine seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time or watching pigeons fly across the backdrop of Notre Dame. Now let's take a walk around the Louvre as the sun so elegantly sets. That's where this photo was taken. We wandered from a nearby bridge that crossed the Seine and ended up in the courtyards of the largest museum in the world. A few steps further and we stumbled across this talented man who was deep in the strings of his cello.

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It jumps out at you, honestly. There was a crowd of people surrounding him and I'm not sure if they wanted to listen to him or if they just needed a photo like I did. The sun was shining perfectly through the grate of the wrought iron fence and his emotion could be seen and heard with every note of his instrument. I wanted that picture because it encapsulated everything I thought Paris would be but it was hard to stop watching him. His talent showed through with every stroke that he took and it made me wonder why he was there. He could have easily been featured at a concert hall just down the road. Yet here he was, in front of me, playing his heart out.

So I snapped this photo and I stood there a while longer listening to him play. I believe I even tipped him as I walked away. Now I sit at home and think to myself that this man is out there somewhere in the streets of Paris. He gets up every day and goes to a job or possibly finds this spot just to busk. Does he think Paris is as magical as I do? Has he experienced it in the way that I have? Or do you think he's been there his entire life and now takes it for granted?

I'm not trying to take away the magic of Paris. As sure as the sun rises and sets you will find magic somewhere in this city. The country of France and the people that live there have cultivated their home to be that way over thousands of years. I simply ask am I the one bringing the power that it hodls (I couldn't resist)? I have seen street performers play instruments all around the world. Are they not as magical? I have seen sunset after sunset and I guarantee you they are virtually the same no matter where you are. I would argue that it's no less magical in New Zealand than it is in Paris except for the person who is experiencing it and the attitude they bring which, perhaps, makes all the difference in the world.

So there you have it. With this weeks contest I also bring a question or two. In all the countries that I've visited and all the people that I've seen, at the end of the day we're all the same. We do similar things and live in similar cities. We want to visit places we've never been to and see sights that we've never seen. And while some of these places can hold magic on their own, are we the ones who ultimately bring mysticism to the areas that we seek? Is it the photographer who finds what is already there or is life being given to the meek? Does the subject give forth all the life it has to offer or do both parties have to speak? I might being getting a bit poetic but I think you get the point.

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tomsmaid
TomSmaid @tomsmaidNovember 2018

Beautiful my friend 😁👌


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

Thank you very much @tomsmaid!


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Lovely shot! Resteemed!


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

Thanks so much @photofeed! Honored. Cheers!


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guchtere
Remy @guchtereNovember 2018

Ok I fell in love with the musician playing so concentrated, you captured this shot great and told us some nice things about this beautiful city. Is it a magic city? Can’t answer that question, but listening to this guy playing must be a magical moment.


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

Thank's for stopping by @guchtere! I couldn't agree more. The moment truly felt magical. Where I stood and who I stood there with, the music filling the air and the setting sun glowing down upon him, all of this together made a moment I will never forget. That concentration, as you mentioned, and the love he so obviously had for his instrument was authentically beautiful.

Thanks again for taking a read through my post. Cheers!


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

Awesome! Thanks so much @travelfeed and @guchtere! Cheers!


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vgc5000
vgc5000 @vgc5000November 2018

Of course it is! It made me gasp. The age and history of everything. You don't see that kind of architecture in the US. Nor the skinny roads. I could walk up and down the streets all day!


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

Yes! That cannot be denied. Paris has been there for over 2000 years and the architecture alone is something that most cities can not come close comparing to. It is very unique in that aspect.

Thanks for giving my post a read and leaving a comment! Cheers!


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vgc5000
vgc5000 @vgc5000November 2018

Very!! I was blown away. It was the first time I was ever out of the United States. I loved the GIANT doorways that led into some amazing place. I'd run up and try to look in after a car would come in. Even the hotels were charming with the little bars and there are so many retro touches that are original. The grounds around the Louvre blew my mind.


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

Totally! It really is magnificent. I spent many a day wandering up and down narrow alley ways and admiring the architecture. Some days I would just wander around looking for street art. I'd get totally lost and have to navigate my way back to the AirBnb with my phone. I stayed for two weeks on my second trip and it was such a great experience.


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vgc5000
vgc5000 @vgc5000November 2018

omg i did the same thing and most of it was all about the street art!! It would lead you on a path where I can absolutely see getting lost! lol Next time i will definitely stay longer.


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jocqua
jocqua @jocquaNovember 2018

If you do go again, download the app FlashInvaders and look for artwork by Invader. He's one of the cities best known street artists and he does tiled mosaics. When you find them, you snap a photo with the app and you get a score. It's lots of fun and he has them ALL over Paris.


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vgc5000
vgc5000 @vgc5000November 2018

I know EXACTLY who you mean and saw his stuff all over! That's very cool. I will do that.


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