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Friday, October 3, 2014

Moonrise Over Pont Neuf, Paris France - John Brody Photography

Pont Neuf Bridge, my favorite place in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography

Pont Neuf Bridge, my favorite place in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


Pont Neuf is my favorite place in Paris and maybe my favorite place on the globe. It's my personal "Heart" of the city, the center around which the rest of the city branches. An architechtural gem, it has been painted by greats like Vincent van Gogh, Renoir, Pissarro and countless others. It's surrounded by the Notre Dame Cathedral, Pont des Arts, the Eiffel Tower, the Opera House and hundreds of other monuments and attractions. It always has something to offer; great views, interesting people, a nice place to relax after a long day of shooting.

--- What most people don't know is Pont Neuf's odd and often deadly history. All through the 1700s, Pont Neuf was the center of Paris, busy with both crime and commerce. Benjamin Franklin wrote to his friends in America that he had not understood the Parisian character until had visited Pont Neuf. Several other writers describe how, even before the bridge was completed in 1607, gangs hid out under and around it and robbed and murdered people. It remained a dangerous place even as it became busier. For a long time, the bridge even had its own gallows for instant justice. This didn't keep people from gathering there, drawn by various street performers, acrobats, fire-eaters, musicians, etc., (much as they still do when I visit now). Prostitutes, pickpockets, and scam artists were ever present. There were respected tooth pullers, sellers of glass eyes and stones to beautify the face, wrinkle removers, wooden leg salesmen, news-vendors, jugglers, showmen, loungers, and thieves... I didn't mean for this to sound like a history lesson, I just find it all quite interesting. If you haven't been there, you must visit if you get a chance...

Per request, some basics... Called Pont Neuf (meaning New Bridge) during construction, the name stuck. Construction started in 1578. It's length is 781 feet or 238 meters. The Architect was Androuet du Cerceau....... Also per request I'm adding photo data: Canon 5D Mark II, Shutter 1.6 seconds, Aperture 9.0, ISO 1600, Focal Length 68mm. Cheers. --- John Brody Photography

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Monterey Marina in Midnight Fog - John Brody Photography

Cannery Row Marina in Monterey in Midnight Fog - The marina in Monterey depicted in the photo is an integral part of the waterfront described by Steinbeck in Cannery Row. I spent many nights in this type of drizzly fog during the two years I spent in Monterey, one of the more beautiful places I've lived. -  John Brody Photography - JohnBrody.com

Pont Neuf Bridge, my favorite place in Paris - JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


A beautiful Marina at the end of Cannery Row in Monterey California. JohnBrody.com / John Brody Photography


A beautiful Marina in Monterey California. At the end of Cannery Row it's an integral part of area portrayed by John Steinbeck in his novel by the same name. Below is the first paragraph of the wonderful short novel, a favorite of mine...

"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitant are, as the man once said, 'whores, pimps, gambler and sons of bitches,' by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, 'Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen' and he would have meant the same thing"

I spent many nights in this type of drizzly fog during the two years I spent in Monterey, one of the more beautiful places I've lived. Photo by John Brody Photography

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ballet Dancer in a Backstage Setting - John Brody Photography

I often find that some of my favorite photos from a trip are scenes that I had no idea I'd be shooting; a kid playing on a swing with her grandfather, a chess match in the Luxembourg Gardens, and in this case, an idyllic scene of a ballet dancer in a pre-performance setting. Maybe I'm biased, but I get a good feeling from the scene...

Ballet Dancer backstage - Reflection on photo of living and still life mix in France. National Ballet Pre-Performance setting - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com

Ballet Dancer backstage - Reflection on photo of living and still life mix in France. National Ballet Pre-Performance setting - John Brody Photography / JohnBrody.com