The Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro offers a sense of wonder for its timeless quality. “I knew I wanted the tower itself at night because the lights are spectacular and give the classical structure such a modernist touch,” said Wilkes. Sitting 50 feet above the Trocadéro for 16 hours from sunrise to sunset he witnessed a constant flow of people from morning to night. “When I create a Day to Night I do my best to represent what and who came through my frame.” The Eiffel Tower is such a huge attraction in Paris that there was such a multitude of people and moments to choose from. You can see traces of everything that happened on that day like the two thunderstorms that gave way to a rainbow on the left side.
Keeping in mind that the City of Lights is also the City of Love, there are many couples in this image embracing or kissing in this magical place. “From the couple on the left kissing in the fountain to the bride and groom on the right there are many romantic moments in this photo, and that’s what Paris is about to me.”
The title of the work is identical to a series of photographs by Huseyin shot in Odessa, showing curtains blowing in the wind. These images inspired an installation of hardened lace curtains, frozen in time and space. The work refers to the gesture of opening the windows to set free the soul of the deceased, as well as the idea of a spirit present in a room, mysteriously lifting the curtains to reveal its presence.
Gabriel Lester,Melancholia in Arcadia (2011)
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