Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Snow and a spectacular photographer

I know that most of the people who read this blog are seeing much more snow than I am, but it hardly ever snows in Paris so the snow has been a real event. People who have lived here all their lives are surprised and delighted, so I feel incredibly lucky to be witnessing something so rare.

Yesterday was my first day back at work, and I left the house in heels in a bid to be just a little chic (a rare occurrence). As soon as I stepped out into the street and saw the snow I went back up to the apartment and changed to boots. And it was really just as well, because when I got to the metro I discovered that my changeover stop was closed and that therefore I couldn't take that line. The other option was now 20 minutes away, so I decided to just walk to work. It's about a 45 minute walk, but I walk fast so I did it in 30 minutes of speed walking (uphill). I felt great and saw the sun rise - it was quite exhilarating.
There isn't much news, but I thought I would introduce you to the work of an incredibly talented friend of mine. I do not often say this but if you do not click the below link you are truly missing out.

Fred was at Oxford with me. He spoke 3 languages when he started and studied Japanese. He graduated with the highest grade in his year - better than a 4.0. At university he discovered photography. He taught himself everything he knows and despite all the potential he had to become a glittering academic (or, for that matter, to pursue any other career) Fred decided to become a photographer. Not everyone could understand why at the time, but Fred is visionary. He is passionate about portraits. He knew he could make it. Today he has taken photos for Vogue all over the world and travels non-stop. He has photographed Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, British royalty and a host of actors, writers and politicians, not to mention the world's top models. He brings soul into his work, which is touching and beautiful. He is an inspiration and his self belief, humility and incredible talent simply stun me. Fred has proven that it is possible to forge a career out of one's passions and not blindly follow the well-trodden path of law (cough cough - I know, that's my field) or banking. True inspiration - I am humbled.

Please click and enjoy. http://www.fredericaranda.com/


Kaitlin said...

What an awesome picture, you are so lucky to live there!

The Adventuresome Road to Where? said...

What a breathtakingly beautiful picture. I heart Paris *sigh*