“If your vision of the world is of a certain kind, you will put poetry in everything necessarily.” Georges Simenon
I thought my trip to France, the birthplace of photography, had provided me with the perfect setting for the debut of A Photogenic Lifestyle and wrote posts related to my Parisian excursions. But a day after my return home, Paris was attacked by terrorists, and, obviously, there was nothing photogenic about that save for manifestations of solidarity such as that of taxi drivers who gave free rides home to those on the streets, people who opened their doors to offer shelter to stranded strangers, and men & women who stood in long lines to donate blood to the victims.
So I postponed writing about Paris. Until now.
Mood influences the way we perceive experience. So, the better the mood, the better the experience. That’s why I began my trip with a Live Mood Board: French songs uploaded on my iPod, a few memorized phrases (including Je suis désolé, je ne parle pas français) and a romantic dinner of camembert cheese and French wine.
Having a Low Cost flight, packing light was fundamental. Checked luggage is now an expense and there are major limitations regarding carry-on bags A fisherman vest would be practical in these situations as would a coat with beaucoup pockets so you can stash stuff that won’t fit into your trolley.
Towards A Photogenic Lifestyle Observation: Eliminating extras is a good idea not just for travelling but for daily life as well. Decluttering can make daily life more photogenic. The more you have, the more you have to organize. And organization takes time and energy. Things take up space and space is necessary for energy to flow. So the less time and space I have to dedicate to things, the more I can dedicate to myself.