Sunday 10 April 2011

A look back on Obscura Day

The Paris Obscura Day events seemed to go really well yesterday, but as I was running both of them, the experience for me was more a mixture of stress and adrenaline, and the whole thing seemed to be over far too quickly.

I was very happy to meet many interesting people at the events, and I think the biggest part of such a day is these encounters. I'm also very happy to see that some of these participants have now chosen to write about the day on their blogs, and often to expand and develop the subjects discussed at the event.

Jill (Landscape Lover) is a landscape historian and garden designer, so it has been fascinating to read her take on the visit to the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale.

Lillian also noted one of the key questions that the garden poses to visitors.

Peter has, as usual, prepared a very complete post on the event, including archive pictures, before and after shots and even a snap of me in action!

If anyone else has posted text or pictures, please let me know.

I was really pleased with the installation we had created and set up at the 'Night Garden' evening event too. For those who were there - and those who weren't - Shane Lynam has now put his photos of the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale on his website. Shane is currently doing an MA in Documentary Photography, and the theme he is working on - the point where the city ends and the wilderness begins - found an echo in this garden.

The sound recordings Des Coulam made at the jardin, which were played throughout the evening event, were edited down to a manageable length, but are difficult to share online. He has though put together a great post with sound extracts from the jardin and from the evening event on his website. We also plan to create an online version of the installation soon!

Thanks then to everyone who came and supported the events, and to those who helped them get off the ground, particularly Shane and Des, and Forest and Kim for the evening event (as well of course to Emporer Norton for the food and to Helen for running the bar). Special thanks also to the sun for shining so brightly!


Gavin said...

I'm glad the day went well. It sounds like it was certainly worth the effort!

martinomartino said...

Thanks Adam for organizing the event and breakfast-apero! Looking forward to the next one.

Kaitlyn said...

It was a very successful day, both at the gardens and the cocktails! Big props to you, you did an amazing job! My sister and I both had a blast! I'll certainly have to keep my eyes open for more interesting sites around Paris! Cheers!

Anonymous said...

thanks for organising the guided walk around the garden. It was a fascinating, thought-provoking morning - and the apéro afterwards was much appreciated too!

PeterParis said...

I already thanked you by a post on my blog, but I'm really happy to do it again here! A nice intiative and you really made the best of it!!

Annetta said...

We are so glad to hear it went well, and produced so many terrific photographs. Thanks again, and looking forward to more Paris adventures (after we all get a little rest)

paris (im)perfect said...

Great job, Adam! Sorry I missed the garden walk, but I'm putting it on my to-do list for sure. The garden night cocktails were super fun! Bravo!

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