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Lovers in the Lamplight

A set of stairs in the famous Paris district,Montmartre. The lovers totally unaware of passing pedestrians.

I thought it strange. Normally, I would think, lovers in this situation would prefer the shadows for their necking.

However it was not uncommon to see such unbridled passion in public.

Brassai's Stairs

The stairs the lovers are embracing on are quite famous. A photographer by the name of Brassai portrayed them on a foggy morning in a picture entitled L’ Escalliers de Montmartre back between the First and Second World Wars.

Brassai, an Hungarian who spend most of his life in Paris is famous for the photograps he took of the city at night in the early part of the last century.

His landscapes, the Paris nightlife and the seedier side of the city were all captured by by Brassai over many years using equipment that would confound a lot of photographers in this modern digital world.

Anyone who studies photography and the masters of the art would do well to delve into his work. It is easy these days. Google has much on his life and a great array of his photos.

The above photos of the stairs are not Brassai’s but mine. Fuji X-Pro 1 f2.8, ISO 3200, Shutter 1/15th sec and 1/17th sec, -2/3rds Exposure Compensation