October 1, 2011

Discovering Hidden Montmartre

View from The Butte by Petra Nass

Montmartre brings many images to mind. It is the bohemian village of the late 1800s and early 1900s that was home to some of the most creative artists of the time … Picasso, Modigliani, Mondrian, Dali, van Gogh, Renoir, Valadon, Utrillo, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec. It is the countryside just outside of Paris that welcomed cheap cafés, brothels, vineyards, quarries, and windmills. 
Didier by Lorena Coletta
Now, it is an “attraction” that has taken on a different kind of life. The Place de Tertre and Sacré Coeur area is almost always a zoo, especially on sunny week-ends. Bumper-to-bumper tourists. Sketch artists that appear out of nowhere to hawk their talent. And the most expensive cafés around for people watching.

The intrepid adventurers of the “Exploring Paris through the Lens” class embraced Montmartre last week and traveled the winding narrow streets that still speak of the past. They found the hidden treasures, the local characters, and a fresh new way to look at scenes trampled by thousands of tourist footsteps.

A less-traveled path by Sheila Clementson
It is the photographer’s mission to really discover the world around, to find subjects and textures and lines and form and light that others might pass by. It is the photographer’s challenge to express ordinary or clichéd places in a way that makes them unique. It is the photographer’s gift to create an image with a part of their heart attached. We invite you to take a look.

After the Expedition

Jeanne makes it to the red carpet!
If you’d like to join the “Exploring Paris through the Lens” course, you can sign up for any of the Monday adventures. On October 3, we’ll be going to the Canal St Martin. On October 10, we’ll be going to Belleville. On October 17, we’ll be going to the Marais. Also upcoming is the night photography class (October 5). Sunsets and glittering night lights are difficult to capture, but we'll conquer the challenge. Call the WICE office for more information, or email the instructor at meredithmullins@earthlink.net.