Photographer's Note

As a man aspiring to be a photographer, I know I am not the first person to have looked through the viewfinder at the many architecture treasures of the world, nor will I be the last. It’s the prospect of putting my own interpretation on what I see is what drives & excites me. In my quest of seeing & showing Paris differently, render well-known topics as fresh images....familiar landmarks from a not-so-common point of view.......

Notre Dame, the most visited site in Paris, with 10 million people crossing its threshold each year, is not just a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture but has also been the focus of Catholic Paris for seven centuries. It is also the true heart of Paris; in fact, distances from Paris to all parts of metropolitan France are measured from place du Parvis Notre Dame, the square in front of Notre Dame. The cathedral is on a very grand scale; the interior alone is 130m long, 48m wide and 35m high and can accommodate more than 6000 worshippers.

Notre Dame Cathedral has a striking gothic exterior, two broad towers, and plenty of sweeping arches. The gothic exterior is full of intricate details and the ornate interior is light and airy. Notre Dame is known for its sublime balance, although if one looks closely you’ll see many minor asymmetrical elements introduced to avoid monotony, in accordance with standard Gothic practice.

To appreciate the features of Notre Dame Cathedral better, I approached from the park behind the cathedral, Square Jean XXIII, for an impressive view of the structure. This park provides one of the best views of the mass of ornate flying buttresses that encircle the chancel and support its walls and roof.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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