The Photo(s) of the Week

photo: voie express george pompidou, 15 august

Next summer, expect more comfort for users of
the Seine's speedway.

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

Paris:- Wednesday, 15. August:- For some today represents the last day of the holidays and maybe even the last day of the summer. Yesterday's forecast was suitably morose, with Le Parisien calling it 'Cruelle désillusion.'

Deluded instead, the forecast has been confounded by perfect weather - for today has been sunny and warmer than the 'usual average' for this time of year.

Photo No 1:- Wednesday has also been the last day of the right bank's expressway being closed to traffic. If there was doubt about pedestrians, bicyclists, rollers and strollers taking advantage of this - it has also ended - and the city has announced its closure for the same month next summer.

Photo No 2:- With or without the expressway's closure, Parisians come down to the Seine in droves, to place themselves near it wherever they can. In this photo's case, on the western tip of the Ile Saint-Louis.

About the Photos

Metropole's exclusive photos shown on this page have been taken in Paris or the Ile-de-France during the week preceding the issue's Monday publication date. You can expect to see a new photo - or photos, or images - offered here most weeks. Many of Metropole's photos from past issues are also available.

How To Order the Photos or Images

1. - Choose the week's offer of a photo or an image presented on this page. Or choose one from past issues - or from the links below. Select any photo you want by clicking on it and then 'save it.' The photo saved on your hard disk will have a Metropole reference file name like 'cafe620b.jpg.' Note this file name.

2. - Send an email to Ric, saying you want the photo, and give its reference file name.

3. - In return you will receive an email giving you simple details of how to order the photo or image. When your reply to confirm the order is received, the photo or image will be sent to you with a minimum of delay as an attachment to an email.

This is all there is to it. No forms to fill out, no card numbers to type in, no messages from 'robots' other than 'Ed.' No 'spam' at all.

Photos From Past Issues

The first photo was offered in Metropole's issue 6.10. This shows a view of the Rue Norvins on Montmartre, very similar to a well-known scene painted by Maurice Utrillo.

'Looking for spring' photos were featured in issue 6.13. They show a view taken just below the cathedral in Blois and, back in Paris, how the Seine looks when it is over-excited by rainy weather.

'Spring in Paris' made a false start several times, and with the annual 'free Sunday' for museums in France and Europe. One photo shows a view of the Louvre's Pyramid instead of a long line to get in, and another features a detail from a Latin Quarter restaurant exterior.

Again last spring, the opening photo showed the view from Dimitri's atelier window, over a bit of Paris that hides behind the usual fronts of buildings on the streets. The second photo was of the Pont des Arts, to complement the issue's 'Echoes Along the Seine' excerpt from the book by Robert F. Burgess.

Issue 6.16's 'photo of the week' pictured some informal boules players in the Arènes de Lutèce, built by the Romans about 200 AD. As much as a monument Paris may be, it is still a playground for today's Parisians.

The 'photo of the week' for Issue 6.17 showed a sunset view of the Tower and the Flame, shot from the Place de l'Alma towards the Flame of Liberty there and the Tour Eiffel beyond it beside the Seine.

Issue 6.18's 'photo of the week' showed a more usual view of a storm coming. In this case it was coming to my own street in Paris, just after I'd made a 'between storms' tour to get the week's poster shots.

The 'photos of the week' in issue 6.20 featured a view of Concorde's Fontaine des Mers on a good day and the second photo depicted some stone paving work, in front of the Institut de France in the Latin Quarter.

Issue 6.21's 'photos of the week' showedposter: ile saint louis, 15 august a view of a sunny Sunday in the Rue Daguerre and the second photo showed Latin Quarter types hanging out at one of the most popular places in the quarter, La Palette in the Rue de Seine.

More mid-August on the Ile Saint-Louis on Wednesday.

Other new photos appeared in issue 6.23. The 'photos of the week' showed a sunny day on the Champs-Elysées and the second photo showed pedestrians crossing towards the club's café La Corona, with the afternoon sun at their backs.

Three weeks later, issue 6.26 photo's showed the Rue Daguerre, where there are about three days a year when the setting sun lines up exactly with the street to produce the longest sunset with very long shadows. This issue's second photo shows the Rue Cloche Perce, built in 1250 as 'Renault-le-Fèvre and called 'Grosse-Margot' in 1660. The street's length was reduced to 81 metres in 1854, when the Rue de Rivoli was put through.

Details About the Images

To fit most computer monitors, the photo size is standardized at 750 pixels high by 1000 wide - or 5.2 by 6.9 inches, or 13.2 by 17.6 cms.

The photos are compressed in the 'high-quality' JPG format and are reduced to 350 to 550 Ko for Internet transmission. With dialup access, a photo of this file size takes three to five minutes to download.

Cartoons and drawings may be slightly odd sizes. For copyright reasons Metropole's featured 'Posters of the Week' are not available.

When possible, each photo or image will be accompanied with its 'history.' This will include the original image's date and location in Paris, and perhaps some additional comments by 'Ed.'

In rare cases a photo image file may be damaged by transit through the Internet. If this seems to be the case, please complain bitterly and the photo image file will be re-sent as soon as possible.

Viewing the Photos

The photos can be viewed on your monitor's screen by placing the photo image file in the directory or folder with your other 'screensaver' or 'wallpaper' images. Software utility programs for viewing the photos are usually provided with operating systems, or can be obtained from third parties. Many of these are 'shareware' programs - to be paid for somewhat like Metropole's photo/image offer.

Copyright of the Photos and Images

All reproduction rights are reserved by Richard Erickson. You are allowed to use the photos for personal and non-commercial uses only. The resolution of the delivered photos is 144 ppi and prints of the photos are permitted for personal and non-commercial use only. For any other uses, write to Richard Erickson. Your name and email address will not lent, sold or given away to any third parties.

All photos/images: Richard Erickson © 2001
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