"Under the Petticoats" of Paris & her Environs
The Surrealist flâneur and poet Aragon, in Peasant in Paris, sought out the “sacral places” of that beautiful city, where her mythic face would be bathed in what he called the “glaucous gleam.”  That gleam, that light, was ambiguous, something akin to “the special quality of pale brilliance of a leg suddenly revealed under a lifted skirt.”  Aragon’s glaucous eroticism remains present in the tension between the romantic clichés offered by Paris and the realities that set them on edge: the mad, homeless painter installed against the back wall of the École des Beaux-Arts; the African souvenir hawkers moving en masse down a side alley of the Tuileries; crimson cloth taking form as a body; conniving putti letting loose on a screaming dragon; the drunk passed out in front of curiosity shop.  These are the moments in which Paris—that eminently social and historical product, as Walter Benjamin called her—reveals her genius loci.  To hold onto their fleeting presence, my camera seeks out these intersections of enduring Parisian tropes and whatever can disquiet them.

Jardin des Tuileries (Souvenir Hawkers), 2017.

Rue Dauphin, Paris, 2017

Quai de Conti, Paris, 2017.

Parterre du Nord, Jardins du château de Versailles, 2017

Bassin du Dragon, Jardins du château de Versailles, 2017

Hommage à Guy Maupaussant (Woman with a Broken Nose), Parc Monceau, 2011.

Rue de L'Echaudé, Paris, 2017.

Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 2017.

Rue des Saints-Pères (Blue Dolphin, Street Artist, No. 2), Paris, 2017.

Rue des Saints-Pères (Blue Dolphin, Street Artist, No. 1), Paris, 2017.

Rue des Barres (Hands), Paris, 2017.

Bosquet de la Girandole, Jardins du château de Versailles, 2017.

Quai de Gesvres, Paris, 2017.

Parc de Fontainebleau, 2012.

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