Paris 2018 Workshop Recap – Days 3&4

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Last week, we had our Paris Workshop Recap for days 1&2. It’s time to dive into days 3&4, with more amazing locations!

We started our third day in La Défense, the business district on the outskirts of Paris. As you can imagine, a very modern area. Our first stop was the sculpture “La Cheminée” (the Chimney) by Raymond Moretti. The colorful sculpture played well with surrounding buildings.

Just next to the sculpture was the Tour D2 and its interesting exoskeleton:

After a short walk, we got to the Tour Majunga and its distinctive shape. The light fell just right to create dramatic shadows.

Next stop: Tour EDF (I.M. PEI). The circular canopy above the entrance is striking. The metal cladding creates some interesting reflections.

We found our way to a Calder sculpture (they seem to be everywhere!): “L’Araignée Rouge” (the Red Spider). Angie photographed it in black & white for added drama:

We finally arrived at the Grande Arch of La Défense, a modern version of the Arc de Triomphe. The inside walls had great diffused light, so we both focused on that area.

Leaving La Défense, we stopped by the Fondation Louis Vuitton (Frank Gehry). It’s an amazing building and we definitely didn’t have enough time there. We’ll make sure to add plenty of time next year! We started with the inside, which has several highlights, including a wall of mirrors and a minimalist staircase:

The outside is shaped like a Gehry building, except glass is replacing metal, creating 12 sails around the building.

After dinner, we headed to Tour Montparnasse, the only skyscraper inside the city of Paris. The observatory is a great spot to see Paris and we were greeted by one of the best sunsets we’ve ever seen.

We started our last day on the other side of the Eiffel Tower at the Trocadéro. Angie played with her focus to create an abstract cityscape.

After breakfast, we photographed the Eiffel Tower, which is most interesting from under.

We then walked to the Wall of Peace, which is a great place to frame the Eiffel Tower.

Our last stop of the workshop was the Philharmonic (Jean Nouvel),  a great building with a lot of shapes and materials. The outside provides great contrast between the curves and straight lines, the reflective surfaces and the patterns.

The ceiling by the entrance is covered in fins that create fantastic patterns and are a lot of fun to shoot!

This is it for our Paris workshop! As you can see, we saw a lot of amazing architecture and beautiful cityscapes. We’ll be back in 2019, so stay tuned for the announcement soon!

What are your favorite spots in Paris? Leave a comment below!

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