My day was slightly dictated today but the loud hammering of the removal of the stone parapet directly above my studio. There was really no way to work through that amount of noise so i went out to wander and see what i might see.
I started out at the Palais Royal, where i took a few pictures before cutting up to the Ave. des Petits Champs to see the Passage Choiseul, one of the old covered passage ways.
An air of neglect was obviously being overtaken by a wave of sushi and korean restaurants. A few of the old stores and cafes remain but i would guess not for much longer.
In Passage Choiseul there was an old art supply store which had this 'artist's smock' displayed in the window. Every worker has their proper uniform.
From there i headed up to the Place de Clichy and to LE BAL, a contemporary art space to see an exhibition of photographs by american Mark Cohen. They were really interesting, and there was some interesting biographiocal info about Cohen spending his life, by choice, in the small backwater of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, because that's where the inspiration for his work lay. They also had a super little cafe there where i had an excellent lunch, despite not having a reservation (!)
This was one of my favorites from the exhibition.
Then, since i was in the neighbourhood, i went for a long walk through Montmartre cemetery. Part of the cemetery occupies land which goes under a road overpass. I'm not sure which was there first, the cemetery or the road, but it makes an odd sort of space.
And this has to be one of the strangest tombstones i've seen. A bronze cactus. I'd love to know the story behind this one.
And in the spirit of one of my current projects which involves memorials and clothing i found these ballet shoes on the grave of Nijinsky.