I’m pleased with this series in that I corrected for exposure and clarity, but didn’t crop. What you see is exactly what I saw (including, in some cases, a fine layer of dust.)






Again–I’m happy with the way I framed up the original shots. Possibilities are endless, of course, should I choose to crop.

These shots were taken at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, a museum of industrial design in Paris. Scientist? Engineer? Architect? Mechanic? This is what Heaven will look like to you. Among other treasures housed in the old St Martin des Champs priory are the earliest cameras, calculators and computers, as well as printing presses and aircraft…the inventory will make your mind swim.
And, if that isn’t enough, an original version of Foucault’s Pendulum occupies the place of honor on the first floor. In fact, Umberto Eco’s novel, Foucault’s Pendulum, has its climactic scene set in this very room.
What’s nearly as mind-boggling is that for two hours, there were no more than four patrons visiting in the entire museum.  Guards napped in their chairs.  I was free to crawl around–and I did!– angling for shots that I wanted. 
An empty museum in Paris? Too strange for words. Then…a high school group on energy-overload, armed with notebooks and cellphones burst on the scene.
The guards woke up, the universe resettled itself and not wishing to share this space with others, we left.


  1. Wonderful shots, wonderful museum!

  2. Jeanne says:

    I’m sorry we missed this one.

  3. andykidd says:

    A little time up front saves so much questionable cropping time at the end. Nice!

  4. Lignum Draco says:

    This is so very you – and perhaps worth the trip to Paris on it’s own. No photos of the sleeping guards? 🙂

    • Thank you most kindly, LD. It was on the top of my photo-op fun list and I TRULY wish I could go back for more. I have a few more shots that I will polish up and share shortly.
      There really were sleeping guards, but if I had to put on a burgundy sport coat and sit in an empty room for hours…

  5. sedge808 says:

    they are soooo beautiful.

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