Thursday, July 30, 2009

Morning in the Park

©2009 Dianne Poinski

This is the first hand-colored image I am showing from my trip to Paris. It was not the first one I printed, but after my post the other day I kept coming back to this one and decided that it was what I wanted to show.

I think the reason it did not jump out at me at first was because it doesn’t scream “Paris!”. The fact that it doesn’t “scream” at all is what I find so appealing about it.

This photograph was taken in Luxembourg Gardens on the second morning I was in Paris. The park was a short walk from our hotel and since I knew the gates had just opened I wanted to get over there before a lot of people showed up. This was one of the few trips out that I took my tripod so it was quiet and I worked slowly.

Looking back I can really zero in why I am drawn to this image. I often I felt overwhelmed in Paris. It’s a beautiful and very historic city but it also felt crowded and fast. (I know - I chose to go at the same time Paris was preparing to celebrate a major holiday - so what was I expecting?) I love cities but I also require a certain amount of quiet and alone time. Looking at this photograph I remember how I felt that morning - peaceful but excited at the same time as I walked around setting up my camera and carefully considering each exposure I made.

I also have an emotional attachment to this park. There were a couple of days that I wasn’t feeling great – traveling that far can be hard on your system. My kids had left for London so I suggested to my husband that he go and do whatever he wanted because I was going to sit in the park and rest. It was the best thing I could have done! I sat there most of the day with my IPod and a book. It was a Saturday so there were a lot of people there but it was so fun to people watch as well.

Some of our best meals occurred in the gardens. For my birthday we picked up sandwiches and drinks and found some benches and enjoyed the beauty of our surroundings. It was also where I wanted to go and eat on our last night in Paris.

I am really looking forward to working on a larger version of this image. I have a couple of more small prints I need to finish but I do think that “Morning in the Park” will be one of the first 16 x 20”s I hand-color. I can’t wait!


  1. This image is just breath taking. I wouldn't think of it being Paris. What a nice escape.

  2. I think it's magical.

    I loved hearing the story behind it as well.

  3. This is a really lovely image and your description of why it appeals to you made me "homesick" for Paris. Cities can be quite overwhelming so I understand the appeal of a day in the garden!

  4. dianne - i just love this image and i agree with katherine: i think it's magical.

  5. Thank you everyone!

    Working on these images and then telling the story has helped extend the benefits of the trip for me!

    Thanks for letting me share and for all your positive feedback.

    I really appreciate it.

  6. What a beautiful image of your escape. You really communicated the isolation of a busy crowded city. I felt the same way in Paris. Nice piece.

  7. A beautiful 'empty' city photograph so difficult to capture - it seems of another more 'fragile' age - I am glad you had such a wonderful French birthday