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Chris Breebaart Photography – finding stories

La Défense (Blocs)

France, Paris – January 1989

The theme for this week Lens-artists challenge #157 is ‘getting away’.

La Défense is a big, modern office area in Paris. I remember my teacher for French saying she did not like it at all, too modern, on the old axe of the Champs Elysées and Louvre. Years later I was curious about the area and went there on a long weekend trip, hoping for some nice images. Feeling small between the buildings of big companies, rising high up over the skyline of Paris. An alienating place, where human size did not seem to matter.

About the B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. Some of them are partly retouched but most do have scratches, dust and stains.

Shot with Nikon F301 on Kodak TriX, scanned from film and edited using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a bigger version

10 Responses to “La Défense (Blocs)”

  1. Oh, the Places We See

    What an interesting building — and it doesn’t at all look like the France I’ve seen a couple of times. I tend to agree with your French teacher. But I also love your statement at the end: An alienating place, where human size did not seem to matter. Any building that affects your feelings must be a building of interest, and so is this one. I’d love to get away to see it!!! Thanks for participating in the challenge!



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