I saw a quote on Facebook that said when people try to drag you into their mess remember this quote: Not my circus; Not my monkeys. I just drew this little sketch to remind me when everyone comes to me to bail them out.
This morning I had to let my 14.5 year old “fur-baby” and very best friend go. She had been suffering with an aggressive lymphoma. The vet gave her prednisone last night which made her more comfortable. I brushed her, took her for a drive for some McDonald’s fries and a last trip to the Riverfront. This morning she struggled to breathe while I sat next to her and I knew it was time. I drove her around our usual walk and then took her to the vet. I sang softly to her rubbing her fur until it was done. The house seems so empty.
My patient partner: Sparky is my 14.5 year old border collie mix. She has been my faithful patient partner for the entire time. Yesterday I found out she has lymphoma. I don’t know how much time she has but she has been the best. We will enjoy what time she has left.
How people interact with their environment has always intrigued me. I have a tendency to view life as an elaborate film. Every cityscape, street, and landscape forms a backdrop in a scene that unfolds before my eyes. When I was a child, I used to tell people that every time I blinked another scene started. And in a lot of ways, this has carried over into my photography and writing. I craft elaborate narratives in split seconds of the people who are populating any given scene and moment.
Paris is probably one of the most intriguing cities when it comes to observing people against the city’s backdrop. The city itself is a complex set of characters. The days I spent there were mostly cloudy and ominous which was fascinating. I think there is a tendency to romanticize Paris as a city of sun in terms of kitschy Paris photos that seem to populate Pinterest full of lush blossoms and never-ending sunny days. But the reality (at least while I was there) was far more nuanced.
These are just a few photos I took while I walked around Paris of street scenes. Normally I take photos alone. Photography is a very solitary process for me and I tend to be “in my own head” most of the time. However, I was often with either Gael or Hugo from Rendezvous with Paris or (later in the week) also Katherine from Atout France. And, what was strange was that I really enjoyed it. It helped that everyone was a veritable fountain of interesting knowledge and that they all had a super passionate love for Paris. Typically when I shoot when other people are around it negatively influences my photography but it really wasn’t the case while I was in Paris which was awesome. In fact, it was nice to talk quite a bit about all sorts of things while shooting and the icing on the cake was that I learned so much.
Interested in viewing all of my Paris posts so far? Here they are: