Trying to capture the Eiffel Tower in a new way
When you are shooting one of the most iconic, most captured structures in the world it is hard to find a new perspective. One that takes a new look at a building first erected in 1887, it is tough, perhaps impossible. But you have to try.
For me, like many who have been lured into the grasp of Paris the Eiffel Tower, or tour Eiffel as the French call it, perched on Champ de Mars is a beacon. It is the tallest building in the centre of Paris and you can see it from almost everywhere.
So with my camera in hand it is impossible not to be drawn to this elegant and detailed structure. Did you know that the Eiffel Tour was originally built as the entrance for the 1889 World's Fair.
In 2015 it was the world's most visited paid monument with 6.91 million people paying to visit the viewing decks on the tower.
I captured this image in 2014, I was en-route to the World Equestrian Games which were being held in Normandy and scheduled a couple of days in Paris to capture some of this beautiful city.
On this particular day I was drawn in to the tower and was struggling to find a new perspective. I always love to look straight up and have some images in my collection from this perspective.
But for the Eiffel Tower this wasn't quite right. However shifting over to one of the four massive footings of the tower you see something new.
Capturing this images with the beautiful combination of light and heavier cloud in colour was nice but still a little distracting. I wanted it to be all about the form and shapes of the tower. This was accomplished by making it a black and white image.
In black and white the story becomes the tower, look closely at any point on the tower and you will see more. For instance looking at the first level of the tower and the glass wall on the inside becomes evident and then looking closer you see people enjoying the view down.
There is so much to enjoy and each time I see this image it takes me to Paris, in the end that is my goal with an image to take you to a place to remember and enjoy. Paris is a beautiful city with much to explore in close or at it's extremities. But wherever you are in Paris the Eiffel Tower is always close at hand.
My only regret is that I was so jet lagged in Paris I really didn't capture a lot. I guess that means I will have to return again soon, just for you.
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