When you hear the word Paris, what do you think of?
I’m sure there are any images that quickly come to mind, but do you ever think of bridges? Probably not, but I have a coffee table book to tell you about that will change that.
BRIDGES OF PARIS by Michael Saint James
This beautiful book begins with a two-page illustration map layout of Paris giving readers an overview of where all the featured bridges are located. The bridges are listed in four categories: Island Bridges, Palace Bridges, Downstream Bridges, and Upstream Bridges. There is also a Map of Paris index and a bibliography about the author/photographer.
This elegant hardcover book includes a history of bridges. The breathtaking aspect, however, are the amazing vivid, color photos of the 37 featured bridges. The photos show the bridges in daylight and at night, with people and without, as well as close-up shots of some of the unique architectural features of the bridges. The rich photos give the viewer the sense of being there in the moment James captured the image.
The book highlights the issue of love padlocks and how they began. It also explains the problems the locks cause as a single grate on a bridge can weigh an additional 330 pounds when the locks are added. It points out the Pont des Arts Bridge had a section of its fence to collapse in June of last year under the weight of love locks.
This gorgeous coffee table book is a perfect gift for anyone who loves France, bridges or just enjoys looking at beautiful photography. The hardcover is handsomely done making it an added bonus to leave on display for everyone to enjoy.
James captures the bridges, but also the lives of those who venture onto the structures. Through the photographer’s detailed photos, the BRIDGES OF PARIS envelopes the viewer into the magical world of France and its outstanding architecture.
BRIDGES OF PARIS is an amazing collection of bridge photographs that takes the viewer on a scenic tour of Paris unlike any you’ve ever seen.
Find out more about the book and author at http://www.bridgesofparis.com and www.parisianforayear.com
Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint James, Citron Bay Press, @2015, ISBN: 978-1928595502, Hardcover, 280 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Thanks so much for visiting today. Are you a collector of coffee table books? Have you been to Paris and if so, what was your favorite site to visit?
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