Awesome Earth People
Big Cities and Little 'uns
Where the Impressionists Haunted the Streets Montmartre, in the north of Paris, is a very artsy place and I would love to open a little photography studio there, even if it is a bit touristy now. I don't think they had neon paint-palettes hanging in the streets when it was frequented by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and the whole cast of bohemian characters.I'm halfway through a book now called "The Judgment of Paris", about all these guys had to go through to get their paintings shown in the Salon. Old-school judges would only approve paintings that showed historical scenes and the moral teachings of antiquity. Consequently, dozens of today's priceless paintings were stamped on the back with a big red "R" for "Refused".After the Impressionists' paintings were refused by the selection committee, the artists would gather at cafes here, drinking wine that tasted of "mountwash and soot", and lament about the state of the art, so to speak.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.
The Broken Bridge Patagonia is marked with a change of terrain every half hour or so. The 40km hike took me from mountains to plains to rivers to forests to swamps the to rolling hills. All of these would be re-combined into interesting formations that kept my camera full and my backup system whirring away. I'm glad the 20 pound battery of the D3X lasts about 6 months (exaggeration... but not by much)!This was a particularly dense area of forest in Patagonia that was fed by a nearby stream system that came tumbling down off the Andes. I came across this old bridge. There is no telling how long it had been there... I tried to imagine it was built by Fuegian Indians back in the day...- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.