Yoga, George, Pink Martini, Autolib & Creative losses …

Jumped (only figuratively) right back into action this week. First up was a giant “white yoga” session held on the Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower. Over 2000 “yogis”, predominantly dressed in white, attended the event organized by American yoga instructor Elena Brower. It was a bit disorganized but the participants seemed to enjoy the event.

Giant yoga class in front of the Eiffel Tower

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Lots of music this week. First up was George Michael, who still fills large arenas and stadiums here. He’s doing a tour with a symphony orchestra and evidently, other than his hair, hasn’t lost a lot.

George Michael performs in Paris

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Pink Martini came to Paris as they do each year. Thanks to a great after-show bash following my shooting of one of their shows in 2004, I’ve become friends with one of the band members (we went to rival high schools and have friends in common) and each time they’re in town, my friend gets me seats for their show and passes to go backstage afterwards. It’s nice being a VIP at a show instead of being yelled at by the VIP to get out of their way when I’m shooting the show!

Pink Martini at Olympia Hall

Of all the shows I’ve seen of theirs, this one was special. The highlights included a New York cross-dresser, a master puppeteer, NPR’s White House correspondent Ari Shapiro singing a couple of songs and finally, during the last song, the band’s leader Thomas inviting anyone in the crowd who ever dreamed of being on the mythical stage at Olympia Hall to come join them up there (and a whole lot did).

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The city of Paris launched a two-month test period of the world’s first car-sharing program called the Autolib, which it hopes will revolutionize transportation in major cities. The program is modeled after the city’s public bicycle program, the Velib, which has been a huge success.

Autolibs on the streets of Paris

The cars are all electric and eco-friendly and are meant to driven from point-to-point, with no need to return the car from where you picked it up. The program launches city-wide the first week of December. I hope this program doesn’t follow the pattern that is typical with other programs the city launches – creative idea, chaotic implementation.

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The world lost a couple of immensely creative talents this week in Apple founder Steve Jobs and Sipa Press Agency founder Goksin Sipa. Adoring Apple fans left personal tributes to Jobs around the Paris Apple Store and people congregated throughout the day there.

Tribute to Steve Jobs at the Paris Apple Store

Everyone knows the vision and influence of Steve Jobs. Not so much for Goksin Sipa. Sipa was a Turkish photographer who moved to Paris and covered major world events like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Paris riots of 1968. He founded Sipa Press, which is still one of the major press agencies here in Paris. Thanks to an introduction from a mutual friend, Mr. Sipa was kind enough to meet with me at his office on the Champs-Elysees and give me feedback on my portfolio when I was first trying to find my way here in Paris. Judging from online postings throughout the photography world, Mr. Sipa gave a start to many photographers throughout the years and was widely admired. I owe him a debt of gratitude for giving me the confidence to keep pursuing.

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Some photos of the week:

Yogi

George Michael in Paris

Steve Jobs tribute at the Paris Apple Store

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One response to this post.

  1. Dude, I was both at White Yoga and at Pink Martini. Small town, indeed!

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