Billy Sheahan February Postcard

Sometimes a change of perspective allows you to see things in a way you never anticipated. I think that applies to life as well as art. One thing I’ve learned over the years is given enough time, everything changes. The trick is to keep your eyes open so you can appreciate the evolution of your perspective.

I know that when I’m getting ready to create an image I choose the vantage point that I think will be the most interesting. More often than not, my instincts are correct. But then I take a moment and walk around my subject and compose an image from a less obvious angle. Whether I’m photographing a body, a building or an entire city, the results can be incredible.

Paris is a beautiful city to photograph. It’s been photographed by millions of people since photography was invented. This image was taken on my second trip there, about ten years after I first visited. La Tour Eiffel continues to be breathtaking to me every time I visit regardless of how many times I’ve looked at it with my own eyes.

It’s tempting to go to the top of it and photograph the city below, but when you do that, you lose one of the most incredible elements of the view because you’re standing on it. A much better vantage point is from the top of the Arc d’Triomphe, and not only because you can see the Eiffel Tower from it, but because it becomes a hub to the spokes of Parisien streets including Champs Elysées. That’s where I made this image.

It’s good to look at life from a new spot once in a while.


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