Perspectives on Paris and the Eiffel Tower
On a recent trip to Paris, I—or at least my camera—was drawn to the Eiffel Tower, arguably the city’s most iconic monument. I photographed the Arc de Triomphe and Le Louvre, of course, but I returned to Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece again and again.
Completed in 1889 and Standing 324 meters tall, the Eiffel Tower stands like a sentinel over Paris. For decades, the tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world and remains the tallest in Paris.
Parks and green spaces are spread throughout the Champ de Mars and surround the Eiffel Tower, allowing me to take this shot that omits nearly all other signs of civilization. Though a popular tourist attraction, the tower is so iconic and looms so large that it is still possible to feel as though you’re the only one to gaze upon it.
Illuminated and reflected in one of the many pools that dot the Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower looks nearly weightless, as though strung together with a latticework of lights rather than steel.
The Pont Alexandre III spans the Seine and is watched over by the four Renommées, or Fames. Here, the statue of the Renommées des Arts (Fame of the Arts) is set off by the clear blue Paris sky.
Absolutely massive yet undeniably beautiful, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (the Triumphal Arch of the Star) looks as though it would survive long after humanity has gone. Yet another iconic landmark of Paris, a city crammed with iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of the so called Axe Historique, or Historical Axis, with twelve avenues radiating from this focal point. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies under the arch, which served as the location of several military parades and Bastille Day celebrations.
Paris isn’t called the City of Lights for nothing. Here, night having fallen, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is illuminated both by city lights and the lights of passing cars, combining implacable stillness with streaming motion, while juxtaposing modernity and timelessness.
A stylized version of the previous image of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, further accentuating the interplay between the ancient and the modern that suffuses much of Paris.
Though smaller and lesser known than the iconic Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is actually older than its more famous sister and a magnificent example of Corinthian architecture in its own right. Located in Paris’s Place du Carrousel, the arch is a riot of detail.
Another Paris landmark made all the more spectacular through illumination. Serving as the entrance to the Louvre Museum, the Louvre Pyramid was designed by I.M. Pei and consists of over 670 glass panels. Here, the Pyramid appears to contain an explosion of light, as though if a single one of those panels were removed, the light within would flood the entire city.
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10 Reasons to Use Photographs In Your Office
Whether establishing a new workplace or sprucing up an existing space, using photographs in your office is a simple and effective way to bring extra value to your décor. Carefully selected, high quality photographs can define your company’s image and brand all while impressing clients and improving your employees’ work experience.
The following are ten reasons why you should include photographs in your office décor.
Create a bond with your clients
Clients like to know that their service providers understand them. Decorating your office space with images that demonstrate such an understanding can go a long way to building client trust. Photographs that resonate directly with your clients show that you know and care about them and their life experiences. This requires research into your target market and key demographics, but it’s worthwhile, and research you will likely have already done. If your target demographic is young, you might include photos featuring themes and activities with a more youthful feel. If your clients are predominantly rural, include photos of daily life on a farm or of small town living.
Highlight business values
In this day and age, it is no longer enough to have personal values. Clients, customers and the public at large want to know that businesses and companies care and have values, as well. Through carefully chosen photographs, you can highlight your own business values around your office or work space. From images of children, animals or nature, to family portraits or local heroes, photographs can help show what and who you care about and stand for as a company.
Set your business apart
Well-chosen photos can do for your office what carefully selected fashion accessories can do for an outfit. Just as a man can set his suit apart from all the other office workers with a colorful pocket square or unique tie bar, you can differentiate your office from all the others with photographs. Photographs can tell a story, project an image, or inspire a feeling that is entirely unique to your company or place of business.
Define your brand
Effective branding has never been more important. Your brand is your company’s face and voice, and it must not only be recognizable and memorable, it must be well developed and consistent. The right photographs can help project and promote your brand in a unique and subtle way. Photographs can inspire feelings, create a tone, even elicit memories, all of which can be associated with your brand. Your product or services can also be included—subtly or explicitly—in the photographs, further strengthening the connection between the image and your brand.
Photographs, properly selected, framed and displayed, can project professionalism in an office. They demonstrate an attention to detail, an understanding that image matters, and a willingness to spend money and energy where it matters. When carefully arranged, tasteful photos can also camouflage imperfections in your office, hiding blemishes on the walls or cracks in the paint and otherwise lending a polished, professional look to what may be an older or less luxurious space. Similarly, photographs can add to an already established atmosphere, enhancing and complementing existing décor.
Showcase local or independent talent
Businesses with close ties to their community are always well regarded. Hanging photos featuring local or independent talent is one way to create, build and subtly proclaim those bonds with the local community. For example, you might include photos of local entertainers, or photos taken by a local photographer. Even if the subject or artist isn’t local, featuring independent creative can also serve to project a civic-minded and supportive image.
Showcase local or related landmarks
If your company is located in a particular city, feature photos of famous or otherwise interesting spots around town. This helps strengthen the association between your company and the city, all while demonstrating pride in your home base. Similarly, if your company or business has ties to another city or part of the world, photos of these locations will highlight that connection. A mix can also be used, with photos of local landmarks hanging next to photos of your head office location.
Drive creativity and reduce stress
It has been demonstrated that time spent surrounded by nature can both increase creativity and reduce stress. Luckily, it isn’t necessary to hike a mountain or take a walk in the woods to enjoy these benefits. Simply viewing images of nature can similarly boost creative thinking while lowering stress. Photos of nature scenes in your office can lead to more creative and relaxed employees. Likewise, such photographs can help put visitors and clients at ease, even if only subconsciously.
Build employee pride and loyalty
In surveys of current and future workers, one thing stands out amongst all others: meaning at work. Employees today want to know that their work means something. Showcasing images that create or highlight a connection between your industry, company or business and good works can help foment that sense of meaning and pride in your employees. If your company has a positive impact—big or small, direct or tangential—using photographs to highlight and reinforce these beneficial outcomes with your employees on a day to day basis. Employees who feel that their work has meaning, and that they have contributed to these good works, will feel more pride in their work and loyalty for their employer.
Impress without saying a word
We’re all familiar with the old but no-less accurate saying: a photo is worth a thousand words. This is especially true in a business setting. Photographs can say volumes about your company and product without a single word being spoken. Having to list your company’s accomplishments to a prospective client or employee might feel uncouth, like bragging. Photos can do the bragging for you, promoting your brand and accomplishments without your having to sing your own praises. Visitors to your office will know, with a single glance, exactly who they are dealing with.
A thousand words
There is no longer any escaping the fact that image counts. Including art in your office makes for a more pleasant and professional workplace, all while defining your company’s image by better defining and promoting its brand and values. Photographs in your office can be tailored and even changed over time and bring value to your clients, your employees and your company as a whole.
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Australia is sometimes referred to as ‘Oz’, and like that literary wonderland, the country is a place full of magic and splendor. On a recent trip, I was lucky enough to explore the Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as well as Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Below are just a few of the wonderful sights the region has to offer.
King George Square
King George Square is the site of the main entrance to the Kind George Square Busway Station, as well as Brisbane City Hall, its columned facade and clock tower peeking out from behind the station entrance.
Shrine of Remembrance
The sun shines down on Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance, a touching tribute to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Southbank Walkway – Brisbane River
There’s a reason why Brisbane is known as the River City: The Brisbane River offers a welcome mix of urban modernity and rejuvenating greenspace. While gleaming structures of glass and steel tower over its banks, the river’s waters are dotted with kayakers and lined with lovely, tree-shaded walking paths.
Roma Street Parklands
The largest subtropical urban garden in the world, the Roma Street Parklands is criss-crossed with shaded paths leading to spectacular flower arrangements and beautiful art installations. Birds sing from the trees while families walk amongst the gardens.
At the park’s open air Amphitheater, you might catch members of the Queensland Theatre Company reciting Shakespeare.
Brisbane’s beauty only grows as the sun dips to the horizon.
Brisbane has a multi-faceted appeal, mixing a growing art scene, sophisticated café culture, and energetic nightlife with unique architecture, sprawling parks and the languid beauty of the Brisbane River. All of this, and Brisbane also acts as the ideal gateway to the Gold Coast’s many natural gifts.
Brisbane Night Traffic
Brisbane traffic streaks through the night. Sometimes the best way to slow down is to simply watch the world speed by.
Brisbane’s nightlife buzzes with an energy all its own, from charming pubs and trendy clubs to live-music venues and the simple pleasures of strolling through darkened but still welcoming neighborhoods.
In addition to connecting Brisbane center with Kangaroo Point, Story Bridge is routinely illuminated at night, its steel structure transformed into incandescent art.
A glowing pinwheel at night, riding the Brisbane Wheel offers spectacular views of the city.
Located just minutes from Brisbane, Wellington Point is popular with local families, and it’s easy to see why. The area is absolutely dripping with natural beauty, making it the perfect spot for a picnic or seaside stroll.
Brisbane Plane Wreck
This Airlines of Australia Stinson Model A crashed in 1937 on route from Brisbane to Sydney. Tragically two passengers and the two pilots were killed, but three other passengers survived. In better shape than his companions, one of the three headed out to find help, but fell off a cliff.
The remaining two survivors, John Proud and Joseph Binstead, were eventually found, nearly two weeks later, by Bernard O’Reilly, who’d gone looking for the craft upon hearing of its disappearance.
Upon seeing O’Reilly, Proud and Binstead shook his hand and asked about the cricket scores.
A reconstruction of the plane can be seen at O'Reilly's National Park.
Australia’s Gold Coast offers adventure for the whole family, from endless beaches and surfing to amusement parks and hiking among its parks. Cruise its shores or canals, lounge on the sand or at a sidewalk café, the Gold Coast is all about enjoying the outdoors.
Gold Coast Whale Migration and Whale Watching
Humpback whales migrate north from Antarctica, breaching to spout water, take a breath and duck back under the surface with a mighty beat of their massive flukes. Seeing these gentle cetaceans breaking through the waves is an awe-inspiring experience.
Parrot – Gold Coast
Australia is home to a variety of parrot and cockatoo species, like this little guy who seems to have flown straight out of a pirate movie.
Blue Mountains Walk
Australia’s Blue Mountains region is an absolutely magical place, offering spectacular views and the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife.
Three Sisters Rock – Blue Mountains
Looming over the Jamison Valley, the iconic Three Sisters were formed by land erosion, but an Aborigine legend offers a more colorful origin for the unusual formations.
According to legend, three sisters, members of the Katoomba tribe, fell in love with three men of the nearby Nepean tribe. Unfortunately, according to local law, the women were not permitted to marry and, furious, the three men set out to simply kidnap their chosen brides, triggering a war between the two tribes.
To protect them from being killed in the battle, a local elder turned them to stone. The elder himself, however, was killed and no other member of either tribe knew how to turn the sisters back to flesh and bone. To this day, the Three Sisters stand, stone sentinels looking out over their former home.
Wallaby – Roo – Blue Mountains
This little guy, a wallaby, calls the Blue Mountains home. I named him Roo.
Natural Bridge Arch – Springbrook National Park
Though this Natural Bridge Arch is one of Springbrook National Park’s most iconic sights, the park also features ancient beech trees that form a dense canopy over waterfalls, streams and gorges. Less than hour from the Gold Coast, Springbrook offers the chance to explore some of the oldest sections of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’, Sydney Harbour Bridge seems to catch fire as the sun sets over the city.
Sydney Opera House
Familiar to nearly anyone and everyone, the Sydney Opera House is one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks and a genuine architectural marvel.
Lucas Caves – New South Wales
Just west of the Blue Mountains, Lucas Caves, part of the Jenolan Caves, was discovered in 1860 and features a magnificent Cathedral that rises over 160 feet in height and is used for wedding ceremonies. Lucas Caves is one of the most popular and spectacular caves in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.
Night or day, Sydney’s Darling Harbour is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.
Wallabies – Binna Burra – New South Wales
Smaller than kangaroos, wallabies are found throughout Australia, but I spotted these guys in Bunna Burra, New South Wales.
From the outside, hollow trees are a source of mystery, while from within, they turn the whole world into a storybook land.
From Brisbane to Sydney and everything in between, Australia's Western Coast offers plenty of opportunity for a trip of a lifetime.
In Loving Memory of My Grandmother : Dorothy Theresa Patterson (Dec 7th 1927 - Jan 16th 2017)
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