Photo of the Day: “Basking” (An Abstract Photograph of the Eiffel Tower in Paris)

Abstract photograph of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from beneath with the sun shining through. Photograph by Tracey Capone
Basking” © Tracey Capone Photography

Going to Paris in April is always a gamble when it comes to the rain. We arrived to sunny weather which quickly gave way, that afternoon, to heavy rain showers. When in Paris though, you don’t let some rain get in the way, you just plan your time around it.

My husband and I had both been to the Eiffel Tower in past visits but wanted to see it again, together. (and, admittedly, I was on a mission to capture some of the spring blossoms in Champ de Mars surrounding the tower)

Nothing really prepares you for just how awe inspiring the tower is, no matter how many times you have seen it in the past. We stayed in Montmartre and saw it from the top of the hill, just below Sacré-Cœur,  however nothing compares to the perspective you get from standing beneath it. To know that it was built just over one hundred years ago in just two years is mind boggling.

It started out as another rainy day and I didn’t have much hope for the photos I wanted to take. The moment we walked under the tower, however, the clouds parted.  I’m not going to claim any divine intervnetion, it was just dumb luck, but when you are standing there and the sun pours in through the sides, lighthing up the ornate lattice work, you can’t help but stand there and feel like something magical just happened.

I am so thankful to have this photograph, “Basking,” as a memory of that moment. It is now available, in my shop, in both archival print and ready to hang wood block form.

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