Last weekend, July 4th marked the anniversary of the death of my friend and mentor Alan Alan. It is quite fortuitous that I would find myself in the city of Paris where Alan made his name as one of the worlds greatest variety acts.
Alan performed his act many times at the world-famous theatre The Olympia. He shared the stage with great performers like Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and at the legendary tap dancers The Nicholas Brothers.
It was a great privilege for me to see the theatre where Alan once worked and not only that, I too would be presenting my One Man Show “Elegant Deceptions” in this beautiful city.
As is always the case, my camera came with me and I was able to capture some truly stunning images of Paris, its people and the beautiful architecture. I only spent two nights here and yet, I covered a lot of ground walking the city. My friend Clement Blouin a fine magician in his own right supported me throughout the entire weekend.
I am amazed how quickly I can leave my home in West London and arrive at Gare Du Nord train station two hours and 20 minutes later. Paris is that close to my home making it very accessible. It is a very big city, and I realised the two nights I was there was not enough time to fully immerse myself into the culture of the city. Nevertheless, the little time I did have I made sure I factored in some photography to try and capture the essence of this truly magical european city.
I love Paris, and very passionate about the atmosphere, the art - there is something very bohemian about Paris. I noticed Coffee shops and bistros is virtually on every corner. The weather was beautiful, and people were outside enjoying each other's company, eating salads, coffee - there was a real joie de vivre in the atmosphere.
The city was packed with people, they really came out to play this weekend. It was amazing to see the levity and freedom expressed by people with The Eiffel Tower fully anchored as the backdrop
I covered a lot of ground walking with my friend right up to Montmartre where the famous secretary church sits proudly on a hill. It really is a majestic sight and I was trigger-happy with my camera. I was absolutely delighted with the beauty and clarity of these images – a picture really is worth 1000 words. Another church I was happy to see was the church Madeleine the interior is truly stunning. The image you see below is a three-image bracket shot, blended together to produce the images see.
I hope you enjoy the little gallery below and I hope it creates within you the desire to experience Paris for yourself.
Rest assured I will return later in the year.
Magician, Lecturer, Speaker.