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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Champs-Elysees, L’Opera National de Paris

Bonjour mes Amis!

Je regrette que it has been a while.  As you see, my French is not so great, but I’m trying!  I guess you could say I am ticking off  #16 on my list to parler plus francais!  I certainly am doing well enough to survive but I definitely use a lot of supplementary gestures and nonsensical French to get my points across!

Paris est très, très magnificent!

I have now been here for a week (as of today!) and I can’t believe how much we have done.  I sincerely apologise for the delay in getting this post up and I promise to try my absolute best that the next won’t take so long.  I certainly walked at least double what I do in Toronto on each of my first two days, and probably a few other days as well.  Hopefully all the additional walking will help prevent me from gaining weight from all of the amazing food I’ve been devouring!! (I expect I’ll be able to write at least two or three posts on the food alone!!)

Apart from all of the FANTASTIC institutions I’ve been to (stay tuned for a separate update as that was also on my list…among many other cool things, I got to see originals from some of my most recently studied photographers such as Eugene Atget and Eadweard Muybridge – yes, photography friends, I all but peed my pants/feinted/a combination of the two), I’m happy to say that I have already completed several things on my Paris to-do list, so here is the update, of course avec les photos!

In one day, I got to stroll along the Champs-Elysees; cross one of the love lock bridges; see the Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the infamous Louvre pyramid; stroll along the riverside; and visit the Shakespeare and Co. store avec trois belles filles fantastiques.  Unfortunately, the weather was very weird that day with pouring rain one minute and sunshine ten minutes later, but we were armed with our umbrellas and did not let it stop us.  I’ve also been to the Pantheon, eaten lots of patisseries delicieuse et beaucoup du fromage, I am drinking more vin than usual and I also have done a few bonuses not on my list such as seen the Bastille and visited the ?? Museum.  (Stay tuned for upcoming posts..)

For sake of trying to keep this post somewhat short (is that even possible?), I shall only talk about two of my achievements here – besides, it will motivate me to write more sooner!  So here goes…

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Je ne peux pas attendre pour… 20 things I can’t wait to see and do in Paris!

And so it is here, the day where I stop counting days and have been counting down the hours since this moring.

Of course, I was NOT impressed when I found out moments ago that my hour count has just gone back up almost two hours due to flight delays.  I am currently trying to remain calm while my mind has a spazz of its own as my mum (and former flight attendant) threw a whopping list (at least it seemed that way) of things I need to do/confirm when checking in at the airport to ensure that this delay does not stop me or my luggage from making my connecting flight in London.

Needless to say, my response to this mental spazz is to sit back, enjoy the last glass of wine in my fridge, and think about all the things I can’t wait to experience on this trip – which is how I ended up here, writing this post.

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A Paris!

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Approximately 3:30pm, February 14th, 2014, sitting in my Philosophy and Film class, bored out of my mind, trying not to fall asleep (no offence to the very nice prof).

I guess I didn’t get that scholarship either. We were meant to find out today. Oh well, at least I tried.

(opens email instead of listening to professor)

Email subject line: Roloff Beny Scholarship winners
Preview of first line of message: “Dear Applicants, Thank you for your considered and thoughtful letters in response to the Roloff Beny”

Yup, definitely didn’t get it because this is a general email, and they don’t usually send general emails to winners.

(opens email anyway)

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