Sunset on the Seine, or...
Sometimes when I'm alone with my
cameras in a beautiful setting, a
musical "soundtrack" plays in my
mind as I walk or take in the scene.
Perhaps the "pause" button gets
pressed as I raise a camera to my
eye and concentrate on f/stops,
shutter speeds and such. In this
case, I think the music played on.
And such music!
If you remember the 1966 film
"Is Paris Burning?" you most likely
remember the superb musical score
by French composer Maurice Jarre.
A prominent theme, integrating the
sound of the bal musette, captured
the beauty and romantic mystique
of Paris, and was a dramatically
effective counterpoint to the
militaristic themes for the German
This lovely, gently haunting theme
was called "Paris Smiles" and it
even enjoyed popularity on its own
outside the movie. (*)
If you do know this theme, and
remember how it sounded in the
film, you might imagine the "concert"
in my mind as I captured this image,
and as I prepared it from the original
The image is available in archival gallery prints
and as a custom printed Photo Note Card.
©2015 Steve Ember