Paris photo giveaway no.9

I apologise. B-I-G time.  I am so,  so late with the monthly giveaway no.9!! I was tempted to include no.10 together in this post as it’s already decided and ready to go, but on reflection, the next one needs to be on it’s own. And these two have a task at hand, to finish the empty frames for this set.

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Given my tardiness, and in order to play catch-up, I’m only going to leave this one open for comments for one week. By the end of November, the next one will be up…kinda like early Christmas presents landing ahead of the 25th December! 🙂

When I first started the monthly image, I was asked by a truly lovely and talented photographer if I wasn’t concerned about losing the rights on images by giving some away. The thought did cross my mind as occassionally some of my work, and often that of many other photographers and artists makes its way through cyber space, linking and crediting others, never a mention of the person who took the image, or created the art, or designed the poster etc.

Putting anything on line these days that someone can mimic, copy, use without asking, is a risk. Yet it shouldn’t be. The pleasure of sharing should come without concerns that there will be misappropriation of work, no matter what area or field it is in. We need to share the message, those of us who put things online, along with those of us who appreciate the beautiful things we see, to put out an energy, and set examples, that encourage correct behaviour. The same morals that stop people from walking into a shop,  leaving with merchandise and not paying, need to apply to what we see online.  In building relationships of trust, respect, and generosity, perhaps those who currently don’t want to understand that creatives need to pay bills too, will come to understand to ask, and will give value to a persons work and time. Perhaps I’m naive? But I have to hope that goodness feeds goodness.

And, at the end of the day, I have so, so, so many images. Tens of thousands of Gigabytes worth that go back to 2001.  Some of them I have destined for other things brewing deep in my mind and they may, or may never, see the light of day.  Many others will be destined for the trash can on my desktop as not every shot is worth keeping.

For me, the images I post are part of  an ongoing adventure to explore a new technique, try harder to please my own eye, fill my heart with  happiness by finding that one shot in eight hours that will leave me breathless. And thus, I share because they give me that happiness, because they are part of a journey with a couple of camera straps strung over my shoulders. They are an evolving discovery of a place I’m truly immersed in, and through thick and thin, I proudly call home.

I also understand that not everyone has the extra dollars to fill a wall with prints, or a chance to come to Paris and take images for themselves. The monthly images are my way of sending Paris to others. Everyone, each one of you who shares, comments and supports my posts, keep me encouraged. The images are my way of giving something back. A goodness feeding goodness.

As was the case with the previous monthly photos, they’re yours to print, frame, give to a loved one. They are for personal use. Commercial use, profit, and resale is not part of the giveaway. That’s it. No other strings attached. 🙂

Now that you’ve made it through my lengthy ramble, feel free to leave comments so that I have your email address to send through the JPEG file next week, and in the meantime, here are some other places to visit around the web:

* Alisa Morov, creator of the oh-so amazing Choco Diablo cookies (if you ever want to bribe me -> Choco Diablos are the ticket) launched her updated Sweet Pea Paris website. Author of three books with Marabout, she knows her meringues!

* Felicia’s site. She expresses herself with words in a way I can only dream. This post has been making waves and gives serious food for thought.

* Sivan Askayo takes beautiful images of international destinations from Tel Aviv, to New York, to Amsterdam and beyond. Take a look at her series Intimacy Under the Wires.

* In South Australia lives Wendy Philips, a former school teacher and now a passionate photographer. One of Wendy’s current projects is a children’s book, illustrated with her own images. I can’t wait to see her dream come true and be able to order a copy of the book.






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  1. Lyn November 5, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Hi Carina, I agree whole heartedly with your sentiments and thank you for your wonderful generosity. As someone who has only had 1 week in Paris, I love every image. Thank you Lyn

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Lyn, thank you for the feedback. I hope you manage to make it back for more time in Paris.

  2. Tami November 5, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    I adore the L’Objet Qui Parle shot. Soooo gorgeous. 🙂

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

      Tami, thank you lovely lady. You need to add it to your list for next time.

  3. Pam Ellis November 5, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Beautiful, beautiful…don’t wanna take my eyes away. I haven’t had my Paris experience yet. Longing for the day…Your photos keep the desire going 🙂

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      Pam, they’ll be in your inbox later so you can print and hang and then really not be able to take your eyes off them. 🙂 Waiting for a Paris experience to happen makes it even more special when it finally does.

  4. Donna Klein November 5, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Love this! I have shared on FB, thanks so much 🙂

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Donna, it’s a pleasure, and thank you.

  5. Courtney November 5, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    Love your photos. You are so talented at capturing Paris. Makes me want to hop on a plane and head back. ~Courtney

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Thanks Courtney. Keep me posted if you do jump on a plane and head my way. 🙂

  6. Caroline Fortin November 5, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    As usual: superb and dreamy Carina. Thank you.

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Thank you Caroline. 🙂 Also, I read your note, I’ll pop you an email.

  7. Nancy November 5, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    Loved your post and wholeheartedly support what you are doing. In this day and age I certainly hope everyone takes your words to heart. I wish I could be in Paris and your pics make me feel like I am there . Thank you.

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Nancy, thank you. Sadly these days many people don’t feel the same way. It’s an unfortunate reality, but there has to be hope for change.

  8. Amanda November 5, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    Love your photos….. keeps my dream of coming back a bit more real

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Amanda, I hope you keep dreaming, and that trip back becomes real. xx

  9. Lisa Mer November 5, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    Merci bien! This looks like a place I’d like to hang out…
    and L’objet qui parle…makes me think of photography
    and how it IS the thing that is speaking to us; tells a story.

    Your generosity is evident!

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Lisa, I want to hang out in every image I find in Paris. 🙂 I love your interpretation of ‘L’objet qui parle’ image and how it relates to photography.

  10. Valleri November 5, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    You capture the essence of Paris. Thank you for your wonderful photos and generosity. My first child was born in Paris. I spoke very little French at the time , and fell in love with her and Paris. Mille fois merci !

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      Valleri, what a beautiful note and how wonderful that you have such a milestone in your memories of Paris. And how lucky is your daughter to have Paris on her birth certificate now that you are no longer here. That will be a conversation starter when she is older. 🙂

  11. Diane DeMare November 5, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I always look forward to the Paris photo- every month!
    Thanks and Merci

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Diane, I hope you’ll be really happy with what is coming up next. I know I am! 😉

  12. Kelly McBurrows November 5, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    My favorites! Since I have moved from Paris, I thank you for sending Paris to me 🙂

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Kelly, I am more than happy to send Paris out to others who can’t be in the city on a regular basis. 🙂

  13. Fiona Wardman November 5, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Carina these photos are so beautiful. Paris in B&W is timeless.

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Thank you Fiona. You are spot on, Paris is indeed timesless in black and white.

  14. Jennifer Carlyle She November 5, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Thank you once again for your generosity in sharing. Love your work as always. Thanks too for sharing tips to some other great sites, it is always good to find and be able to appreciate the great skills of others.

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Jennifer, I think it is important to share the work of others and be supportive as a community. To unite rather than divide. So when I come across someone who is doing something wonderful, original in concept and idea, and not a remake of something someone else is doing, it’s great to share and acknowledge.

  15. Wendy Marvin November 5, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Just returned from a fabulous week in Paris. I am currently redecorating my living room with a Paris theme which includes black and white shots of Paris. I have one more space to fill……thanks for sharing.

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Wendy, it’s great to hear you had a fabulous week in Paris and I’m happy you’ll have something to fill your walls with.

  16. Libby Renton November 5, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Thanks again Carina – your images bring me back to Paris with fond memories.

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      I’m happy to hear that Libby – which arrondissement were you in? I’ll see if I can dig out some images from your quartier and bring back even more memories. 🙂

  17. Georgia November 5, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    I can’t help loving Paris, so thank you for keep sharing your photo gems w/ us. 🙂

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Georgia, it’s hard not to love Paris. Even impossible! 🙂

  18. Maria November 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Bless your generous soul! Not only are you a gifted photographer, you radiate genuine goodness. Bisous xo, the Paris Busy Bee

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Maria, thank you. Also, I owe you an email, I haven’t forgotton. promise to get onto it.

  19. Felicia Sullivan November 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Thank you for your lovely words of praise — it means the world to me. Warmly, Felicia

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      Felicia, you are truly welcome. I admire your take on life, and that you’re doing something so positive.

  20. Nancy Wardle November 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Nancy, it’s truly a pleasure for me.

  21. AJ November 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Another gorgeous set of images! We are so lucky…merci beaucoup! for your continued generosity. 🙂

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      AJ, every month it is a great pleasure for me. 🙂

  22. Emma November 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    What a lovely message to accompany this months photo. Your photos inspired a family trip around Europe this summer with Paris as our first destination. Love them x

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Emma, That’s fantastic! I’m so happy you were inspired to add Paris, and to make it first stop. I hope it lived up to your expectations. 🙂

  23. Beverly Wright November 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    We took our 17 year old grandson to Paris this September. It was his first trip. What an eye opener for him and a thrill for us.

  24. Beverly Wright November 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    We took our 17 year old grandson to Paris this September. It was his first trip. What an eye opener for him and thrilling for us.

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      Beverly, what a wonderful thing to do with your grandson, I’m sure it was a trip he’ll never forget. 🙂

  25. Debbie Jones November 8, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Thanks again Carina – gorgeous black and white pic – very inspirational xx

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank you Debbie, i’m getting them ready to send out today so you’ll receive them shortly.

  26. Sheila Hall November 9, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Love your photos. It makes me want to go back to Paris!

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Sheila, I’m delighted you enjoy them and hope you have a chance to return some day. 🙂

  27. Cerys Byrne November 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    These are lovely Carina. I have liked and shared on Facebook.

    • carina November 13, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Thank you. And pleased you made it to this one. 🙂

    • carina November 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Thank you Cerys.