We have a couple of good friends who live in Paris, including Eric Tenin who is the founder of parisdailyphoto — a wonderful site featuring his pictures from the City of Light. I was so taken by Eric’s photos (and I so love Paris) that I invited him to send me a picture a week to feature on our blog — our own window into Paris each week. This is the first picture, but more pics can be seen each day on his site.
I was taken by this picture, particularly given last week’s discussion of the distressing appearance of graffiti in historical sites in Paris. You also see some extraordinary work by artists. Here is Eric’s description:
I found this “graffito” – I don’t really know what to call it – in Montmartre and I’m still amazed by its quality, for it’s actually made of little square tiles, which probably took a lot of time putting together. Louise Michel is a famous historical figure in France; she was born in 1830 and played an important role during the Paris “Commune” in 1871. It was not so usual for a woman to take part in the political life at that time. I guess the one who made this piece of art is one of her admirers…
Eric Tenin is the co-founder and CEO of polltogo.com, a mobile polling platform, but he is also a true Parisian (born and raised there). Since 2005, he’s been taking a photo of his home town every single day, to feed his www.parisdailyphoto.com (PDP) blog. Since the launch of PDP, thousands of other cities have joined his CityDailyPhoto.com community, sharing their cities from a local view.
Eric, for me, captures the joy and adventure of Paris, which shows in his pictures. I figure that the next best thing of being in Paris is to seeing the city once a week through Eric’s eyes.