Paris Neutral: Mr Man & Architectural Whatnots

Shifting Into Neutral Gear 
OR A More Masculine Look At Paris

Hi Everyone.. One of the things I love about Paris is the soft muted light and the way it reflects an ethereal glow against the neutral coloured backdrop and architecture.

When we think of the French Blues and Soft Greys synonymous with this famous city, it's easy for our mind to quickly associate with the soft feminine interiors of the 18th century. Today I thought I'd show you some of the men of Paris [human and otherwise] that I shot during my trip, that fit perfectly into that  soft coloured world we have come to love.

Mr Man of the human variety just popped into view as I was walking along Rue de Rivoli not far from the Louvre. I have no idea what his business was to be dressed in such a manner.. but it was a quick rush to get my camera out and aim for a shot without the ever present crowds.. I only managed two and he was lost into the world of tourists and such but those few moments were such a treat. I did feel like I had stepped into another world for a moment. His suit may be modern day but the top hat just made it all a bit surreal.

My other Mr Men here of the non-human variety were hard at work protecting a doorway. Bouncers from a previous century. Although I think their somewhat scanty dress might have attracted more than a few visitors of the female persuasion. Perhaps that was the intention. Either way I think they are doing a splendid job and should be rewarded for their vigilance.


Before I go I wanted to say thanks to all my lovely readers and commenters who encourage me to keep blogging. As many of you know it can be a time consuming task playing with the artwork and photography, so it's nice to know that you are out there to appreciate it. Also thanks to Julie-Ann and the 'The Decorating Forum'  for featuring my blog this week.  Pop over there and check it out.

Giveaway Reminder

Don't forgot the giveaway is still open till April 22 [Sydney time]. The rules are simple. Just comment on any post this week [starting with The Ancestors and finishing on Sunday]. The giveaway prize is two professional prints of my artwork chosen from the selection on display at my Photo-Art Page. Link below. I've updated the selection with two pieces from my last post on the French Countryside.

Giveaway Print Selection Can Be Viewed

Giveaway Button If You Feel So Inclined

Have A Lovely Weekend Everyone


 Artwork  [copyright beingRuby©]
Created from original photography:  [beingRuby©]
Location: Paris, France,  August 2011


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DEAR, ANOTHER TREAT before I run off to work! STUNNING MY DEAR JULIE! Anita

Mise said...

Mr Top Hat is wonderful, Julie, with his lovely white cuffs and open briefcase. If only we could track him down. He makes an absolutely wonderful photograph.

Mise said...

(And I'm still patiently waiting for the Being Ruby prints and greeting cards to be available for sale...)

Julie said...

Bonjour Julie
Always amazing photos.
I am so lucky to have your beautiful photos in my bedroom.

Julie xx

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I wonder who he was and where was he going in his top hat?
Love the other photos too...
You use that Julie magical touch and poof! beautiful and unique.:)

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

You have a great weekend too, Julie! I can never choose a favorite. All so beautiful.

mermaid gallery said...

that last photo...with the muscles! it!

Petit Coterie said...

I love stopping by your blog! Your photos are wonderful. Happy weekend!

xx Michelle

rjerdee said...

Ahhh, another treat! Lovin' Mr. TopHat! What a find:)

YONKS said...

Thanks for stopping by today Julie. I thought I hadn't seen you for a while. I've been missing your moon shots. I'm only blogging about once a week at the moment myself. As you say, it is time consuming. Your blog is looking wonderful and I'm loving your Frenchness!

I would love to be included in your luscious giveaway. Louis-1 has my name on it :-)

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer Beaudet said...

I love Mr. Man! It really is surreal; and amazing you got this shot! Such a clever idea to highlight the masculine side of this feminine city! Love it!
Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend!:)

Paula said...

Beautiful photographs - I LOVE the mystery of Mr. Man - who is he, where was he going, what does he do??? So many questions, and so lovely that your images can inspire such a story.
Glad to have found you via Brabourne Farm. x

Karena said...

Julie your fine art photography is so lovely!!

I am featuring our friend, Designer and Paper Artist Anita Rivera from Castle Crowns and Cottages on my site! She is so amazing!

Art by Karena

helen tilston said...

Hi Julie

Now I shall be unable to sleep wondering about Mr. Top Hat's mission.
The statues are also marvelous.
Beautiful images - thanks.

Helen xx

Carole said...

I'm glad you're still blogging too. I know the time consuming part but I do try to fit it in between madness.

Love these photos Julie. I've been lazy and not doing as much editing.


Mary said...

I love Mr. Mystery Man! So dashing and dapper. I wonder if he could be on his after-work way to a rendezvous of dinner and a waltz or 2 with his lady love? Maybe? My mind conjures many things when i see your magnificent work every single time!