The French Parish of Notre Dame de France in London is strategically located in Soho, just around Leicester square. I came across Palms Sunday celebration last year and saw they have a very colour procession around the square as part of the celebration.
I made sure to go back this year, working on my soul but also bringing two camera’s.
There is a certain contrast with between entertainment character of the area and a religious celebration, but well, God is everywhere.
A part from the parish members are from African origins and they bring a certain quality of joy and energy in the procession.
Once again the strong contrast between sacred and profane.
Going back to the church we can see Chinatown, this is really a celebration of diversity.
All shots with Leica M262 and Summicron 35mm Asph vII, except the last shot with Summicron 50mm v5.
For those into music like me, the Sex Pistols played in the Church hall in 1976 and even a second time in 1977, for what I read was the first concert of Sid Vicious.
But also The Clash apparently played there in 1979:
After leaving Paris, I travelled to my hometown of Cannes, famous for its festival, the beaches and its beautiful weather.
Cannes also boasts two main harbours, filled with oversized yachts but also with fishermen’s boats as in the two pictures above showing some traditional fishing boats called “pointus”.
The end of the bay on the east side is called la Pointe Croisette and hosts the casino named “Palm Beach”, whose name is sometime used to designate the area. The casino is under renovation, and for those with a culture in French cinema, the crane you see is located where the famous swimming pool of “Melodie en Sous Sol” was located.
Cannes is not just for stars : locals still play the “petanque”
And not all drive Rolls Royces.
A tiny Autobianchi can be found on the harbour (in excellent condition)
There was a lot of activity along the beach this year. Some relax, some have to work, thats life.
All shots with Leica M262 and 35mm Summicron Asph v2 or Elmar 50mmF3.5 ltm, what else do you need?