My Love Affair With Venus

Visiting Paris in 1970, I spent a day at the Louvre. I wandered from room to room admiring art I had studied in college art classes. 

When I turned the corner and saw the Venus de Milo for the first time, it took my breath away. There were too many people crowded around the statue to get the photographic intimacy I wanted. I determined to be the first in line the next morning. When the doors opened at 9:00AM, I bolted down the hall at full speed with my camera. I had about ten minutes before the hordes of tourists descended on us and ended our intimate photographic moments. 

The morning light could not have been better. I circled her three times shooting an entire roll of 36 photos, all hand-held. Recently, I digitized those slides from more than forty years ago. Here are some of my favorite shots from that magic time.

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