Poor Notre Dame de Paris! Discovering the fire was one of those times that you remember where you were, when you heard of the tragedy. I am old enough to remember Kennedy’s assassination and, more recently, 9/11 and the Bataclan massacre in Paris. On these occasions, I was, respectively: at home in Edinburgh, in my office in Paris and in a café in Paris. It seems strange that I was in Las Vegas, when a friend phoned and urged me to turn on the TV, just in time to see that utterly iconic spire tumble into the ruins. In shock, I sat and cried along with the rest of the world.
As a citizen of Paris, I am living the adventure of the reconstruction alongside the army of skilled, courageous workers and experts of every sort, who are recovering this jewel, for us to enjoy it again in the future. I record images of its progress on the occasions when I can bring myself to relive the pain of its near-loss, because I am trusting in its gradual return to safe, solid, beauty. I try to resolve the hurt with trite visual comparisons between the Gothic architecture and the surrounding structures of rescue metal. The small distinction between the original mass of fire-damaged scaffolding, which could have completely destroyed it forever, and the new structures which ensure its future powerfully impacts me.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
Drive Mode: Single
Focal Length: 130mm
Auto Focus-Area Mode: Single
Shutter Speed: 1/400s
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure Compensation: +0.0 EV
ISO Sensitivity: 400
Mounted on Monopod
Place : Notre Dame, Paris
Keywords: Art, Dame, Fine Art, Nikon, Nikon 70-200mm VR zoom, Nikon D850, Notre, Paris, Paul Grayson, Photeinos, φωτεινος
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