Friday Slide Scan #34 (wow, it’s been over a year) is from early mid-1994; views of Paris, including a couple I bet you haven’t seen.
That time I was staying in big hotel at Porte Maillot; as the view reveals, one of the few really tall buildings in Paris, which is aesthetically a good thing, unless you’re a Jane-Jacobs-ian density-is-good type, which I am.
I thought the view looking down from way up there was charming.
I was traveling around on the Métro, the only way to go. I still have a few tickets, Lord knows how many years old, in my wallet, for sentimental reasons. The Métro has its own smell, like nothing else in the world. Anyhow, there’s this one line where there a bunch of stations named after foreign dignitaries. One is called George V, after an English king of whom I know nothing. On that particular occasion, when I arrived early on a quiet Sunday, I found it was being renovated.
This was oddly visually compelling, so I stuck around and took pictures, resolutely ignoring the Parisians looking askance at the demented gringo. First, an empty frame.
Next, a subway-advertising-poster palimpsest.
Finally, the one old advertisement that hadn’t been (completely) removed.
Images in the Friday Slide Scans are from 35mm slides taken between 1953 and 2003 by (in rough chronological order) Bill Bray, Jean Bray, Tim Bray, Cath Bray, and Lauren Wood; when I know exactly who took one, I’ll say; in this case, Tim Bray. Most but not all of the slides were on Kodachrome; they were digitized using a Nikon CoolScan 4000 ED scanner and cleaned up by a combination of the Nikon scanning software and PhotoShop Elements.