Bassin de l'Arsenal (also known as the Port de l’Arsenal) is on the Canal Saint Martin in the heart of Paris. From the 16th century until the 19th, an arsenal existed at this location, hence the name of the basin and the name of the neighborhood. Located in the Bastille quarter (and only footsteps from the monument), the Arsenal port has around 170 berths and can accommodate boats up to 25 meters long.
The the port marina is characterised by high, angled stone walls that rise to street level and enable bypassers to peer over and enjoy looking at the variety of boats moored below. The rough walls offer an ever changing canvas of boats, bicycles, clothes, iron chain and rings, signage, and all kinds of equipment and infrastructure - marina owned and otherwise. And of course, the wall ledges are also a resting place for dozens of pigeons.
There is a long history to the marina that begins during the French Revolution. Separated from the Seine by a lock gate, the port was converted into a leisure port in 1983.
These images were all shot on the same day.
Photography, Street Art2014
The images in Les Pecheurs depict an activity that proliferates in the canals and rivers of France from Le Havre to Marseilles. A variety of urban and rural settings form the backdrop for men, women, children, families and friends of every age to engage in their favourite hobby.
I have selected images which convey the “everyday-ness” of the activity, whether the landscape is urban or rural. We are compelled to take a closer look as the personalities, and in some cases relationships, of the people are revealed. Consider the fathers and sons, the three young friends, and the attitudes of those who choose to fish alone.Digital Photography, Photography2014
A diva is a celebrated female singer; a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera. But who is to say the glorious voice of this woman is not deserving of recognition, despite the fact that this is a street in L.A., and she is singing for anyone who will stop and listen (and possibly put a few coins in her hat).Digital Photography, Photography2014
In Public Places is an ongoing body of work from around the world that captures a "slice of life" which may or may not include people.
The objective is to present a moment in a story that we can only partially understand from the facts before us. The image simply is, because I have witnessed it. If you, the viewer, come away feeling frustrated at not knowing enough about the situation and want to understand more, I have achieved some level of success.Photography2014
Taken from the air, these images offer a stunning perspective of China’s geography, and reaffirm the simple truth from which we cannot escape: the most wondrous art is found on the canvas we call Earth.
Fine Arts, Photography2014
When I was a child a man we called “Mr. Nick” took care of our garden. Originally from Eastern Europe, Mr. Nick had been a botany professor before he and his family emigrated to Canada. With very poor English and lacking the certification to continue in academia, Mr. Nick became a gardener.
These pictures, and the flowers on alicegur-arie.com are dedicated to his memory.Fine Arts, Photography2014
I struggle with the tag “street photography”, and we can debate whether these images fall into that category or not. What I care about is that they are neither posed nor staged. They are honest, they capture a public moment in time, and that moment is the face of a story.Photography2014
Jack aboard Johanna Elisabeth, on her maiden voyage down the Thames.Photography2014
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