Reblog: Experiencing Travel Through Photography

Hello there!

Welcome back! (I should also tell myself that, although this is my second visit in a week…yay!)

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’m studying photography and have a huge love for the medium, and for many other art forms.  As any reader who frequents my blog will know, I recently had the incredible opportunity to travel to Paris in May for a photography-related course.  That course focused on archives and collections, specifically on their preservation, conservation and management strategies.

Having returned to my normal school schedule this past Fall semester, I signed up for a co-operative internship course.  This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain real-life field experience while still gaining academic credit.  Given my interest in collections and archives, I knew this was the field I wanted to intern within, and I had the great fortune of doing so at the Archives and Special Collections department at Ryerson University’s Library and Archives.  Here, I got to experience some of the day-to-day tasks that take place in archives and collections.  While many of the projects I worked on were quite monotonous, I have a great appreciation for them as it is these types of tasks that ultimately help to preserve, document, and share objects of the past with generations to come.

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Response to “The Sexodus, Part One”

Hello all,

It has been an even longer while since my last blurb and for that I apologise.  I wasn’t planning this at all, but a friend of mine recently posted a link on Facebook to this article.  It addresses the trend of men’s from society as they “give up” on women, unsure as to what their roles are in society and due to changing female roles.

I had no idea I felt so strongly about some of these statements until I began writing a comment/response on the article’s page and found that I had suddenly written a short essay.  I have become increasingly intrigued with the social expectations, standards and relationships among people, but especially between men and women , to the point where I will most likely be producing a thesis that allows me to explore some of these themes, particularly as they related to the world of online or digital dating.

So, without further ado, I present to you my response to and thoughts on this article.  These ideas are solely my own, influenced by conversations among friends and the bits and bobs I have learned over the years of my life.  They are in no way conclusions of legitimate research, merely my take on the understanding of the situation and how some personal experiences have influenced me.  I openly welcome comments and responses as I am very curious to hear what others have to say on the topic.

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Beaucoup des pâtisseries….and more delicious food!

Bonjour, bonjour! Ca fait trop longtemps!

As I hope anyone reading this by now knows, I recently had the most unbelievable experiences in Paris earlier this year in May and have been attempting (and sadly failing…) to document specific experiences via this blog.  It is my first attempt and summer was a busy time, but now that I’m back in school and got a rhythm the upkeep of this beauty should become easier and more punctual. 🙂

As I hope you all also know by now, I had a list of things I wanted to do while in Paris.  Being the insane foodaholic that I am, one of them was manger beaucoup des pâtisseries! For anyone who doesn’t know what that means…it means eat lots of delicious baked goods and pastries!  My absolute weakness is always dessert or any baked good of any sort – I had many une quiche délicieuse and way, way, way too many baguettes….if that is in fact possible…I’m still trying to decide!

So allow me to (attempt to) share with your the variety of deliciousness that I experienced.  For the sake of being efficient, I will start with my “goal” photos – the pastries! – however as the post progresses you will see non-pastry related deliciousness that I felt absolutely had to be shared, regardless of its non-pâtisserie status.  Unfortunately, many of the pastry-family foods I devoured were devoured in my hotel bed late at night and I don’t consider the images of them clear enough to put up here…I will say that raspberry financiers became one of my absolute favourites and that I (surprisingly) did not like canele!

Now, feast your eyes…unfortunately not our stomachs! 😦

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Visiting the Eiffel Tower

Bonjour mes amis!

That’s right – I’ve returned…again!  About time, right?!

Today, I bring to you my various adventures at, where else, the Eiffel Tower!  I was fortunate enough to visit this amazing architectural landmark twice, and one of our group visits took us over a bridge very near to the Tower with a great view of it.  On my last trip to the Tower, I was able to knock off #10 from my list of things to do in Paris – go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower!!

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A shot of the Eiffel Tower as we cross the bridge over to Musee Quai Branly for one of our group visits..

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Here’s another imperfect shot of yours truly, this time battling with my skirt in the wind!  It’s okay though… because it was in Paris! 🙂

The first visit I had was a really fantastic evening outing with my three main FPPCM gals.  It wasn’t a super long night, but it was really a memorable experience.  We bought a cheap bottle of champagne, left just after dark, and arrived about fifteen minutes before the Tower’s famous strobe-lights go off on the hour (which is primarily what we went to see).  It was really just a lovely, chilled evening with great company and really something to behold as we watched the lights go off.  I’m pleased to say that some of the film shots I took of this night also turned out, as I really didn’t have a lot of hope that they would given the crazy long exposure times, shaky hands, booze, and no tripod!  (Not to mention, an unfamiliar camera!)

Here are some of the shots from that night!

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Food Adventures in Paris!

Why, hello there!

If you are new to my blog – welcome!  If you are returning – welcome back! 🙂

Firstly, apologies for it being so long since my last post!  For those of you who don’t know, I recently spent three amazing weeks in Paris for a school-related course and it was this trip, in fact, that prompted me to (finally!) create a blog, this very one that you are reading right now.

As a result, my first blog series was (/is!) chronicling my adventures and experiences from that trip.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints between course visits while we were there, the obligatory tourist sight-seeing, our hotel’s very sketchy internet and some technical difficulties with my image processing software, I was unable to stay on top of my Paris updates.

But fear not, I have returned! (Both to my blog and to Toronto!)   Despite being unable to actually publish my posts while I was away, I wrote drafts about each experience  on the days of the respective experiences, so the emotions were still fresh and real.  The upcoming posts that you’ll see will mostly consist of lightly edited versions of those original drafts.  Unfortunately, there will still be some delays as I’m still struggling with my imaging software…and as a photography student, I hate the thought of publishing these posts without photos – especially since I took literally thousands of photos and would like to share a few of my favourites!

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