Monday, August 20, 2012

A VISUAL FEAST

DOUBLE VISION

Seek the wisdom of the ages, 
but look at the world through the eyes of a child
- Ron Wild


I spy the world through a camera lens. I wander the city peering through my iphone. Since discovering instagram, I have an entirely new outlook on my own city as if I am now standing on a mountaintop with the world spread out at my feet. I stroll through the streets at a snail’s pace instead of my usual dash, stopping here and there, maybe much too often, to snap photos, capture images, capture the details of this city that I had long been seeing as a whole.





The mystery is gone. Or replaced with another, replaced with fascination. My everyday habits are no longer automatic reflexes, the city I traverse every day no longer a bundle of buildings standing tall, anonymously above the hard pavement and nothing more. I look up rather than always in front, look up and notice gorgeous detailing on buildings, statues in niches, swags of flowers, faces and animals carved into stone curving graciously, lightly over door tops. Slowed down, I look around and spy artwork, paintings, graffiti, sculptures, elegant, humorous, silly sneaking around me, waiting to be noticed, a city’s playfulness awaiting my reaction. I peer in windows and see treasures; I pause in front of glass cases and see wonderful delicacies. I sit on terraces, camera poised, and notice individuals rather than masses of movement, crowds of the anonymous.


Spending a day in Paris with David and The One, visiting the market street of Rue Poncelet with her food shops open and spilling out onto the sidewalk, I saw and experienced the food I take for granted everyday through the eyes of visitors, visitors excited by the novelty, the picturesque beauty, the very Frenchness of what was offered. We admired the roasted chickens, we tasted terrine de foie gras, we breathed in the heady scent of a jumble of cheeses. We were dazzled by the brilliant colors of rows upon rows of fruits and vegetables dressed in violet, red, yellow and greens. We ogled the pastry in the neighborhood boulangerie as for the very first time, weighing the delight of chocolate versus fruit tarts, buying a baguette as a great treat. Not exactly “look(ing) at the world through the eyes of a child” but almost. A shopping trip with David, his own phone poised to capture every enticing image, I began looking at what I was surrounded with day after day in a new light, appreciating the abundance of fresh products piled high on market stalls or stacked elegantly behind glass windows.


Wondrous beauty like objects of art, I now wander through my own city’s market and look carefully at each and every delicacy from glistening sausages and roasts decorated and wrapped like Christmas gifts, from golden apricots and fragrant berries, blocks of pale cheeses graced with ripples of black truffles like valuable ore in marble, to perfect rows of chocolate ├ęclairs and fruit tartlets, powdery soft puffs of flour dusted and tossed over perfect oval gnocchi. The colors, the scents and odors, the shapes and textures pop out at me, offering a veritable feast before carrying home my treasures for degustation.


I now leave my home with my phone or camera clutched in my fingers, at the ready, my eyes peeled for each and every detail, unusual feature, the ordinary now seen as extraordinary. Through my iphone, I now see the magic in the world around me, the mysteries and enchantment in all that I have come to take for granted. And I am left enthralled.


30 comments:

Ilva said...

I LOVE this post Jamie, this is the way to go! xoxo

Aparna said...

I tend to carry my camera almost everywhere, and now see the world differently too. so I know what you mean. Gorgeous pictures, Jamie! :)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm smiling, because while my camera (and iphone) have allowed me to slow down and see the world differently, I also rebel at times against seeing the world entirely through a lens. And then I leave the phone in my bag, and the camera at home, and allow the broader vision, the one that includes people and sounds and buildings, to come in.

Jeanne said...

Instagram is my favourite addiction - love love love it! Glad my saucy sister does too ;)

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Yes, Instagram (or actually just my iPhone) had totally changed the way I wander too! Nice post!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely clicks! Thanks to you, i travelled to France...

I wish I had a cell-phone in order to take such pictures.

Cheers,

Rosa

LoveFeast Table said...

Instagram and my iPhone has opened up a whole new world. I like the view from yours!
~Kristin

dervla @ The Curator said...

beautiful post, i just visited London for a few days and my iphone and instagram will preserve the memories for me and keep them that much more vivid.

domenicacooks said...

Such a wonderful post. And (as you well know) I am also addicted to Instagram. I love it. It has changed the way I look at the world. It reminds me of when I took my first drawing class in college. One of our assignments was to draw trees by drawing the negative space in between and around them. I knew I would never look at a tree in the same way again.

p.s. Loving your visual chronicle of your apartment renovation!

David @ Frenchie and the Yankee said...

Oh great photos! Makes me want to go right now. Perfect read as I just bought tix to go home soon! :)
Thanks Jamie!

Lora CakeDuchess said...

Look at the world through the eyes of a child. So important and we all often forget to do so. I've been waiting for a post like this for a peak at your markets since I haven't had a chance to visit you yet. Love it and want a sample of all the cheese. The gnocchi look fabulous!! Instagram is so much fun.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Incredible how technology can change things. A camera does give us new eyes (somewhat even child like) and when the iPhone puts it on our person & it's with us all the time ... well, yes it gives us a whole new world.
Instagram ... one of those things I haven't squeezed into my life yet.

Lisa said...

Beautiful photos, Jamie. Pinterest got me, but Instagram has yet to LOL It's amazing what a beautiful photograph can do to something so simple..something you see every day.

karin@yumandmore said...

wonderful post and pictures Jamie! yes instagram is a revelation!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thanks for the link to David's delicious post. Your pictures are gorgeous. I'll download instagram tout de suite!

Amanda said...

Lovely post thanks
Jamie. I've been enjoying your infatuation with Instagram - and sharing it just a bit myself!

Monet said...

Life is a feast. And I loved seeing the world through your lens. Thank you for sharing this with me!

A Canadian Foodie said...

Markets are my favourite art gallery! :) V

Lynn said...

What a wonderful post to wake up to! Your description of the change of (your) lens is fabulous, as with your lovely pics. Made my day Jamie ;-)

Barbara said...

This morning on my early dog walk and only 28° C I posted a rose picture on Instagram, what a lovely way to start the day and make people smile (hopefully). In a way it is like keeping a diary, reliving certain moments and catching them for eternity.
Love your food walk!

wendy@chezchloe said...

It is a very cool way to share your day with others and to have to look back on for yourself for ideas, inspirations and memories. Cheers to accessible technology!

Farmgirl Gourmet said...

I love this post Jamie! I am so much like you now that Instagram is around...everything I see is a picture and I can't help but stop and capture the moment. I would love to be able to see France with you as my guide. David is one lucky guy!

thelady8home said...

Me too.....lenses have taken a new meaning for me all of a sudden. Loved the post!

Rambling Tart said...

I'm smiling after reading this post, so happy you've found a new zest for life as you capture its beauties. :-) So wonderful!! :-)

Helene Dsouza said...

Oulala du fromage en masse!

Enjoyed your shots, the little virtual market tour and your inspiring words are as always much appreciated Jamie!

If I walk with my cam in a market in goa, I ll be asked to pay for a shot, sometimes not always though! hmpf..

Barbara Bakes said...

Beautiful! I want to come hang out with you in Paris taking pics one day!

katiez said...

How fun! I've always wanted to live in a city.....

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

As if I don't drool enough whenever I visit your space -- look at all of the delicious foods!!!!!

ps: I am dying to visit France!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Just look at those chocolate eclairs! Loving this post and a great way to get that camera working!

Elizabeth said...

I love these visual feast shots!

...particularly "mixe de fruits"

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