you've got to start somewhere...


eiffel tower beginning.jpg

So much for getting a blog underway. One post in February and it's May already. Where did that go? They say time flies when you're having fun. That is surely an understatement.

You've got to start somewhere, so where do I start? How much of my soul do I want to bare? Is this blog for me or you? These are some of the questions I've been grappling with, as well as the meaning of life haha...

So I've started by thinking about inspiration. Who. What. Where. How. Why.

Which brings me to this image of an unfinished Eiffel Tower.

Lots of people didn't like it when building started - some thought it was structurally shonky, others considered it ugly. But it was built anyway - finished in 1889, and nearly torn down again twenty years later. Even though Gustave Eiffel gave it his name, the initial concept was actually drawn up by an engineer called Maurice Koechlin. Eiffel added the pretty bits and decoration, so I'm happy it's named after him - the Koechlin Tower just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Nowadays it's one of the most iconic structures in the world, and one of the most loved, certainly by me.

It inspires me with its symmetrical beauty, presiding elegantly over my favourite city. It inspires me because it's not about being the biggest, tallest tower in the world - it's about being the most beautiful. The aesthetic. There's inspiration in the idea of keeping going, despite the cynics and detractors. And I love to photograph it, at every time of year, from every angle. For me it represents a dream becoming a reality.

And you've got to start somewhere...


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