Photographer's Note

This rant might sound a bit dated, but anyhow that'll make a break with BW...

Exactly one month ago, Paris was bustling with the Nuits Blanches event, which, during one night uses the town infrastructures and monuments as a frame to display contemporary artists artworks.

Everything is free, therefore promoting Aaaaart to the poorknowing, non art fluent, meek ourselves, who cannot even guess the cool breeze of freedom that Aaaaaart breathes through our mediocre lives (?!).

Paris was the first city to set up such an event, four years ago, more and more art capitals such as Toronto follow on their own.

I missed the previous Nuits Blanches, they didn't miss me either. This time, I ended up walking the streets to see what was supposed to be the highlight of the night, the cream of the cream, the cherry on the cake. Klein's (a french painter, famous for his...) blue color illuminating Place de la Concorde and Napoleon's egyptian obelisk.

So what?

Place de la Concorde is where the aristocrats used to be guillotined. I think they haven't finish the job yet.

When coming to see Place de la Concorde, my surprize was that the vulgum pecus (ie. you and me) had to look from down the stairs, while some people had privatized the public park overlooking the place (les Tuileries)to get the best view of it all.

This would be hard to figure for somebody who doesn't know the monuments and avenues of Paris, but the blue color of the obelisk only had a sense when looking from a certain viewing perspective which designed a virtual french flag (blue/white/red) with the carlights going up and down the Champs Elysées avenue. For this night, the french flag was striped with Klein's blue color, carlight white and car backlights red. (in fact, I understood this point of view, because I got lost near le Louvre and happened to view with the "correct" perspective... although half a kilometer away from the real show)

It looked like the happy few were enjoying the view though. Only the people overlooking the place could notice this great perspective : the city hall upper members and the artists crowd who were, that Nuits Blanches event, feeding and getting their year income on our citizen taxes.

I somehow had a bitter taste that somebody was privatizing my town for a big party, which I should be grateful to pay for, while only being allowed to lick the empty plates. I wish they had illuminated a couple of guillotines with a bloody red color to end up with privileges.

So what's the story of this photography?
I thought at that very moment that the viewpoint was lame, the place was covered with tourist buses, the blue lightings on the obleisk and the fountains looked chaotic and randomly sparsed around the area, my EOS5D AF was anyhow refusing to focus whenever its chip decided to (or not to)... I then decided to put the full hands on my own fate :
I switched to manual exposure and manual focus, as reality sucked big time, I defocused as much as I could.

Here you go about a non event. You may now imagine the blue obelisk.

So what is my conclusion?
I'd rather chose and pay it myself to see an art exhib.
I'm also happy my daughter wanted to stay home and chat on the Internet, I would have been twice pissed off, as this kind of event seems only set up for urbans in their thirties.
Contemporary art is FUN, I love going to exhibs but that's the kind of events that makes you hate artsy fartsies.

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