Reflections of passersby in the Chanel vitrine on rue Cambon, Paris.
Today has been a bit mad, first dashing into the bookshop to look for a magazine featuring my work (it wasn't in yet). These photos were taken on the fly at rue Cambon, where they're still making a movie near the back entrance of the Ritz. An obscenely-ostentatious humvee in a polished bronze finish was blocking much of the street, along with the film crew's equipment.
Then I rushed from place to place searching for the perfect lampshade for a lamp that Doreen at Agape made for me out of a 19th-century zinc weathervane. I was looking in obscure shops in unfamiliar neighbourhoods; alas, the only result was a huge blister on my foot. Yes, it's possible, even after eight years here, to temporarily become lost in Paris! When I finally figured out where I was, I stopped in at the FNAC (big electronics store) at Place des Ternes looking for camera gear.
Then I got home to discover the Israelis and Hamas are at it again! Just when US envoy George Mitchell is on his way to help broker peace, they rachet up the violence. When will the Israelis and Palestinians ever agree that nobody wins in war?
The photos aren't the best; I had only my little pocket Konica-Minolta Dimage with me. But I was drawn to this grouping of five fancy lampshades at a shop on rue Cambon. On and there was a huge graffiti-covered construction bin abandoned smack in the middle of rue de Rivoli, blocking traffic to Place de la Concorde! They've taken down the ferris wheel; apparently another dispute with the City of Paris. It is hoped the wheel will be back up by summer.
In this photo, the lace lampshades appear to be outside the shop windows - a trick of the eye. And speaking of tricks, I agree with Bob Herbert - why is anybody even listening to the Republicans? I'm reminded of that Janet Jackson song, "What have you done for me lately?"