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Paris 2014

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It’s been a month since Rica and I returned from Paris, and time to unleash some photos. I’ve been putting it off because I have too many I sort of like, and not that many I love.

Also, I have mixed feelings about my Paris experience this time around. It remains a terrific city to visit, but I found myself more critical this year about traffic congestion and noise, and the much larger number of Parisians who smoke, compared to what I’ve become accustomed to here in California. Having a beautiful Paris moment at an outdoor cafe has now become a gamble if you’re not keen on experiencing clouds of cigarette smoke with your coffee.

As if these gripes weren’t enough to put a crimp on my enjoyment of the trip, without explanation United Air Lines switched our assigned seats at the last minute, separating us. Rica had booked our flight months in advance, and there was no reasonable explanation for assigning new seats rows apart.

It was only through Rica’s persistence as we were about to board the plane that seats allowing us to sit together were found.

Those you who know me might have noticed that I’ve grown crabbier this past year. I’ll be eighty in February, and somehow I think this entitles me to a free grumpy pass.

So here are some of the Paris photos, in no particular order.


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It seems like we saw a million selfies in the making at Notre Dame.


I can’t complain about the availability of treats.


Clean wasn’t a problem.


But smoking everywhere.


Paris dogs do have fun.


Paris has some incredibly beautiful museums. 


This is a rare photo of a sidewalk cafe. No one appears to be smoking. 

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A beautiful evening on the Seine. One of the simple pleasures I enjoyed. 

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I wish I could say I had a Kosher Pizza in Paris. The shop was closed for the day.

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Magical moments across from Notre Dame.

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A smile for the camera.

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The crowds were at times overwhelming. 

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 Here’s Rica on a walk in the rain around the block from our apartment on the Ile Saint-Louis.

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 Rica enjoying the gatherings of young and old on the Seine.

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 Even live music.

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Ron must have his low fat milk.

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 Where every dreamer wants to study.

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 He’s not convinced. 

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 My kind of concert. 

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 Our Swiss friends, Corinne and Laurie, at our Paris apartment.

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 Peter Turnley is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist. We met him twice because we knew his haunts.

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If you’ve gotten this far, thank you.





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July 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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The Challenges of Street Photography lll

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I was planning to end my short discussion of street photography for now, but friend David Stensby pointed me to a post on Kirk Tuck’s Visual Science Lab. He’s well worth reading. Among other things, Tuck provides a thorough discussion of the laws on street photography in the United States.

With few exceptions (national security, etc), photographers in the US have the right to photograph anyone who is clearly in public. According to Tuck, you can even photograph a person who is on private property as long as he or she is visible from the street. This all assumes you’re not going to use the photograph for commercial purposes. You’re free to show your work to others as “art” or “editorial commentary.”

But Tuck argues that just because we have a legal right to photograph someone in public, this doesn’t mean that you should without permission, whether it be a subtle nod of the head or a distinct “yes.” He argues that in a civil society we should respect a person’s personal space, regardless of the photographer’s legal rights.

“If I’m part of society I need to understand that there are some unspoken rules that we all (to some extent) share.  One of those is to respect a person’s sense of security and safety.  Another is to respect a person’s circle of comfort and finally a respect for a person’s ability to control their own public image.  I may have the right to do something or take a photograph of someone but that doesn’t give me the ethical or moral strength to create unpleasant situations for the subjects.”   (The Visual Science Lab 05.08.2011)

Kirk goes on to say that he takes most of his street photographs with permission, and that “sneaked images seem like a cheat to [him].”  The exception is when something is fast breaking or funny. If noticed, he tries for a smile or some sign of approval. I wonder what he does when his shot contains several people, more than could be reasonably asked. That might need many smiles and nods, too many for me.

It’s hard to argue with Tuck’s insistence that in a civil society photo enthusiasts should be guided by moral restraints — social contracts. On the other hand, many good photographs, including some of my own, wouldn’t have been taken if permission were required.

Paris Jews at Prayer 2006


Washington DC Fountain 2010

Written by Ron Greene

January 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm