Last year, after much controversy and arguments for both sides, the love locks on the Pont des Arts were removed. Some residents were relieved and saw the locks as tourist blight ruining the architecture of the city and others, with a romantic side to them, missed the expressions of love.
After the locks were removed they were replaced with plexiglass panels. Whether you liked them or not, the locks gave the bridge a visual focal point and the plexiglass made it look bland and antiseptic. The city tried sprucing up the panels with some bad faux graffiti, which made it worse.
On May 25th, a series of sculptures named The Enchanted Footbridge by sculptor Daniel Hourde were installed on the Pont des Arts. Running through December 6, 2016, the series consists of seven pedestals, eight statues and 10 reflective metal trees.
I believe the sculptures will cause controversy again, as they have some strong and perhaps unsettling imagery. As I was photographing the sculptures, people were commenting and expressing their negative and positive viewpoints.
Would love to know your viewpoint. What do you think, yay or nay, or something in between?
The Enchanted Footbridge by Daniel Horde
Pont des Arts
Till December 6, 2016
After Louie Update
I am happy to announce that my partner Vincent reached his goal of $72,500 plus an extra $1000 for his Kickstarter campaign for his film After Louie. Vincent and I thank everyone who contributed and very much appreciate your support. Principal shooting started yesterday with Alan Cummings.
Eye Prefer Paris Postcards
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, a 3, 6 or 12-month subscription service where the subscriber receives three physical postcards of my iconic Paris photos every month. Each month will have a specific theme, from architectural street scenes to romantic outdoor cafes to beautiful gardens to unique shots of iconic monuments. Each mailing will include two postcards in color and one in black & white or sepia, beautifully packaged in a special French Blue postcard holder with a custom designed seal.
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New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 195 euros per person (about $210)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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