The Seine fits perfectly into its Parisian environs, taking a serpentine path through the city. Many iconic landmarks are on its banks or within a very short walking distance from the river. Walking paths near river level line many sections, with some wide enough to include cafés, recreation areas, and places to rest. Boats and barges for freight, transportation, sightseeing, and dining travel its waters. Other boats serve as permanent floating residences.
When I reviewed the images I made on and around the Seine, I was struck by the inconsistency in the subjects of my images. I was fascinated by the love locks on several bridges, a practice by which people declare their love for one another by hanging a lock on a bridge and throwing the key into the water, symbolizing it will be everlasting. I wondered about the symbolism of people using combination locks! The bridges interested me, especially when learning the age of some of them. Pont Neuf is remarkable at over four hundred years old. Gardens occupied some parts of the banks. Recreation areas included massive slate walls where people scribbled messages and created beautiful drawings with chalk, all to be washed away by rain or another scribbler or artist with a sponge. An installation of PHOTOQUAI presented spectacular large images by emerging photographers from around the world. Students in art classes focused on the wide variety of subjects at their disposal for drawing and painting. Walking along its banks and traveling by boat were wonderful ways to see another dimension of the beautiful city.