Smashing Pumpkins, Carte de Sejour & Roland Garros

It’s French Open Tennis at Roland Garros time in Paris. It’s a wonderful event … except when it rains. After only one hour of pseudo-sunshine, the heavens opened up and it rained for about 6 hours. I got to photograph Serena William’s opening round match against a young Bulgarian with a high Scrabble-value name of Tsvetana Pironkova.

Today was Day 1 of 15 of Roland Garros so expect images and hopefully stories to come, but for now you can see some of my images from today here:

Roland Garros – Day 1

Keeping with the tennis theme, Roger Federer came to Paris early and I got to shoot a semi-private photo session with him at a fancy hotel near the Champs Elysees. The guy is not only nice and the best tennis player on the planet but he spent an hour answering reporter’s questions alternating between perfectly fluent English, French and German. Impressive.

This week I walked past Notre Dame to the main administrative building in Paris on the Ile de la Cite. It’s called the Prefecture de Police and any foreigner here has spent many, many hours there dealing with immigration-related headaches. But this was a good trip there because I went to go pick up my 5th carte de sejour, my annual long-stay visa for France. It’s a pretty comical administrative process as witnessed by my annual renewal ritual which goes something like this: (1) I send in the required papers (2) I wait 2 months for their response which will invariably point out that one of the documents I sent them is insufficient (3) I wait a couple of weeks (4) I send them the exact same documents I sent the first time (5) I wait 2 more months (6) I go pick up my carte de sejour. After 5 years I almost look forward to my annual dance with the French adminstration.

A big musical event in Paris this week was the first stop of the reunion tour of the Smashing Pumpkins. They haven’t played together in over 7 years so their fans turned out in huge numbers to see them play at the Grand Rex Theatre. Only a couple of original band members are still with the band but Billy Corgan really doesn’t need anyone else with him on stage – great energy.

And now a couple of photos from the week …

A protest against Sarkozy’s proposed new Big Brother sounding Ministry of Immigration and National Identity

What happens to a cat’s eyes when he looks at the camera flash


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Manuella on June 16, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    This is so you! 😉


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