If you have been following my blog for some time you would know that I spent 6 years living in the crazy and beautiful city of lights, love and luxury... Paris! And although I'm now back in Sydney, a part of my life is still intertwined into the happenings of this magical city. Whereby the everyday Parisian grind may have been tough; squeezing into the metro with lots of colourful characters, living through more rainy days than sunny, and constantly waiting in queues and fighting the administrative monster, there are undoubtedly unforgettable aspects that just make my heart melt and make Paris the ever-so-unique city it will always be... the food, the art and music scene, and of course, the mesmerising architecture speckled along cobbled, romantic streets.
So, when earlier this week, I came across this wonderful work of German photographer Michael Wolf, I jumped on it like a mad woman. Too often we see representations of Paris that are the usual associations to tourist spots and attractions, so what I personally really like about Michael Wolf's work here, is that he is capturing Paris through the point of view of someone living within the maze of this busy cultural hub. And, I'll have you know, when living in Paris, these rooftops are considered as such a wonderful commodity. The truth is, if you can see rooftops out of your apartment in Paris this is great news! It means you're on the top floor, have some light streaming in, and are not looking into the wall of the adjacent building.
In his work Michael Wolf focuses on very specifics facets of the dense layering that is the endless sea of rooftops. His images blur what we think we know Parisian rooftops to look like and drive our eye to quite select, intricate architectural elements that often go unnoticed when lost in the wider context of the famous city.
In looking at these photos, I feel like I'm looking at a close-up of a musical instrument, whereby the red chimney tops are not too dissimilar to the the pipes of an organ. And as my eye dances up through each photo, I honestly get the feeling that the chimneys are moving...
Source - designboom.com
Images courtesy of - designboom.com
Photography by - michael wolf