Paris Color: Green and Gold

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Paris Color: Green and Gold

One of my favorite things about this project is seeing what transpires when I decide to focus on a color or color combination. Take this green and gold combination for example. We were walking on the Ile St. Louis one evening when I noticed the green door with gold embellishments. I don't photograph many doors these days because I photographed them to death when I first started. But there was something about this one I liked, so I snapped. A few feet away was photo number two - presumably a pipe. Ornate for a pipe, right? We walked for a few more hours, and I didn't see much else in this color palette until we stopped at La Fermette, our favorite frommagerie on Rue Montorgueil. I immediately noticed this heart-shaped goat cheese because of the - you guessed it - green and gold color palette. Cheese and doors. Doors, pipes and cheese. I love the randomness of it all. If you've ever walked with a small child, you know what it's like to stop while they pick up stray objects, admire the cracks on the sidewalk, wander into yards, reach out to fondle a flower. It's frustrating when you're trying to get somewhere on time, but you have to admire the way they look at the world. It's full of wonder and it doesn't matter that we don't think cracks or grass or rolled up newspapers are interesting. This project reacquainted me with the kind of curiosity my 8 year-old self enjoyed.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mlle Paradis

green and gold always reminds me of laduree packaging. so french! and yes plz let's keep our eight year old eyes!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Ludid

oh, to be my 8 year-old self again. i will be more curious today than yesterday.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by theolivetree

What a sweet thought about the curiosity of children!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by cocopuff1212

I love this shade of green, and I really like this color combo. It's gentle and elegant. Thank you for sharing.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Castles Crowns and Cottages

Dear Nicole,

I came across your blog and I am enamored with your work. May I use the image of your door with a link to your blog and full citation on my next blog post? Let me know and I will totally respect your wishes if you decline. Thank you! Your work is lovely! Anita

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by risamay

I think I know that pipe. Did it involve a fish – a dolphin, I think?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Sarah

I love this combo. I blogged not too long ago about the Easter Columbia building in LA and it's green and gold. Reminds me of emerald city =)

- Sarah

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Hi Castles and Crowns –

Of course you may! Send me a link when it's live so I can see. ;)

Thanks for your kind words,

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Susan

YES! This is what I love about your photography SO much…that I see Paris through such different eyes. You have inspired me to use that "other" lens from time to time, and it makes all the difference. Beautiful.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jessica

I love this color combination and the photos themselves! 8-year-old curiosity is always something to enjoy!

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