So in an unexpected turn of events, I found myself in Paris (for a photography workshop with Trey Ratcliff and Miss Aniela, which I was lucky to receive a scholarship for!), and so I decided to try to squeeze in a quick visit to Rue Mouffetard, to see what was there today!
The photograph was originally taken where Rue Mouffetard meets Rue l’Arbalète, in the 5th Arrondissement.
I went there on a Saturday afternoon, and it was very lively and non-touristy, which was refreshing.
There was a market nearby and many little shops on the street selling all sorts of yummy-looking things!
As Trey Ratcliff is all about HDR, I started to give it a go. And below is my “emulation” of Atget’s photo:
I took a print out of the image with me so I could try to replicate the composition, angle, etc, as much as I could. I’ve also cropped it to match Atget’s.
As you can see, today the establishment is a restaurant, and some of the features of the building have changed, while others remained the same over time.
I was disappointed, however, that I missed an exhibition of his work, which happened earlier this year. It would have been perfect!!
Although I tried to find somewhere to see his work, it seems like the vast majority of it resides in MoMA, New York. Absolute shame! (Surely they should split it and give Paris some of it back?)
Anyway, I’m very happy that I had the privileged opportunity to go there now! Perfect timing! 🙂