World Dog Show, Bastille Day, Harry Potter & Love Like A Cigarette …

Got to shoot a very cool event this week – the Paris World Dog Show. I had visions of the movie “Best In Show” (<– click here to see what I'm talking about) all day as I snapped photos of extremely cute dogs and seriously deranged dog owners.

It was entertaining to see the big packs of identical looking dogs pulling their owners around as well as watching the parading of the dogs in the show ring. But nothing beat what I saw “backstage”. I mean the prep work that these owners put into making their dogs “presentable”. The hair spray, the gas-powered hair dryers, the hair beads and all kinds of combs. Hard to believe that the dogs like all this stuff so much but for a photographer, it’s great.

Salon Treatment - Paris World Dog Show

To watch a video with music of my images from the show, CLICK HERE. (give it a minute to load; WARNING – music lyrics are rather profane; not suitable for work).
Or if you prefer to see my images from the show, CLICK HERE.
On July 14 during this last week it was Bastille Day in France, a national holiday commemorating the day in 1789 where Parisian rebelled against the royalty and stormed the Bastille prison, freeing seven (count them) prisoners. Although they didn’t free many prisoners that day, the event was symbolically important, leading eventually to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette getting their heads cut off 4 years later.

Republican Guards

What Bastille Day means for me is the military parade along the Champs-Elysees each year. The parade goes from the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Elysees to the Place de la Concorde, where the president and other dignitaries stand and salute all the passing soldiers.

Troops leaving Place de la Concorde

As much as I really don’t care much for things military, I really enjoy the day because there are so many opportunities to capture and create beautiful imagery.
To see my images from the parade, CLICK HERE.
Shot the Paris premiere of the new Harry Potter movie. It was held not at a movie theatre but at a 15,000 seat arena so that all the faithful could come. The event was a bit lame as the 3 most important cast members didn’t make the trip from London. I cared very little about this whole thing.

Harry Potter Premiere

And for all you fans of Sheena Easton’s “My Baby Takes the Morning Train” song, (which I’m assuming is most of you) here’s a fine performance of a French version of the song titled “L’amour c’est comme une cigarette (Love is Like a Cigarette)”.

The chorus goes like this:
L’amour c’est comme une cigarette (Love is like a cigarette)
Ça brûle et ça monte à la tête (It burns and it goes to your head)
Quand on ne peut plus s’en passer (When we can not do without it)
Tout ça s’envole en fumée. (It all goes up in smoke)
L’amour c’est comme une cigarette (Love is like a cigarette)
Ça flambe comme une allumette (It flames like a match)
Ça pique les yeux ça fait pleurer (It stings the eyes and makes you cry)
Et ça s’envole en fumée. (And it goes up in smoke)
Some photos of the week:

Harry Potter Street Artist Near Galeries Lafayette


My favorite Seine barge to have a drink on


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by The Second Baseman on July 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Dog show was great, could have done without the obscene language…”Love is like a Cigarette” could be Manuella’s theme song…I would like to hear her sing it..


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