What’s new is old again in Paris

Les Deux Magots © Harold Davis

Les Deux Magots © Harold Davis

Paris is a city with a tremendous and varied historical legacy from many eras. But after you are here for a while you realize that it is also constantly changing. Construction and renovation is continual. There’s scaffolding on almost every block.

With some notable exceptions, retail decors change quickly to keep up with fashion. The laundromat I tried to go to this morning has disappeared in the year since I last washed clothes there, replaced by an upscale boutique.

With this continual reinvention against a backdrop of history in mind, it is fun to use a new technology (my iPhone camera in the image shown to the left) to capture an old landmark, Les Deux Magots—the Saint-Germain-des-Prés watering hole of Hemingway and a whole cavalcade of literary and artistic types of yore (today it is more the touristic types!). Likely the waiter dressed in much the same way back when Hemingway frequented the joint.

Shot with my iPhone camera and processed on the spot with Filterstorm, Lo-Mob and Plastic Bullet as I was out “flaneuring” today.

This entry was posted in iPhone, Monochrome, Paris.


  1. Ron Paris May 5, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Hi Harold,
    I sure wish you would consider writing a book on the use of an iPhone in photography!

  2. Harold Davis May 6, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    Great suggestion Ron. thanks!

  3. Bill C May 16, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Visited Paris after taking a cruise and got engaged on the bridge of locks. Went to the Moulin Rouge and more. I heard the French didn’t like Americans and didn’t experience any of that.

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  1. By My Best of 2014 on December 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    […] for the first time, iPhone captures are creeping into my personal bests! I captured this image of Les Deux Magots, the famous St Germaine-des-Pres haunt of Hemingway and other literati back when one could afford […]

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