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Tilting at Windmills - France Reborn & The Eiffel Tower by Mark Tisdale

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I guess it’s something of a silly title, but that’s all I can think of every time I look at this photo. Taken a little down river from the Eiffel Tower. I’m still not sure what the statue represented, but with the light on it and the tower in the late afternoon sun, it seemed as if the two were locked into some scene together. The first thought that entered my mind was Don Quixote tilting at windmills. That’s when I realized this statue was locked in an everlasting jousting match with the Eiffel Tower, day and night, unable to leave this match forever more.

Oblivious to the scene behind them, meanwhile, a little couple stands and admires the tower, the perfect antithesis to my fanciful tale around them.

It was years after the fact but I discovered that this statue is Called “France Reborn” in English and the figure I fancifully considered Don Quixote is actually Joan of Arc! I still like my original interpretation, but I’m glad to know the historic figure represented!

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  • Patricia Montgomery
    Patricia Montg...about 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Thank you! I took the same photo with my iPhone and posted it the day I was there and so I sort of knew this one was going to turn out well before I even had a chance to tackle it. I was glad to not be disappointed!

    – Mark Tisdale

  • Janie Oliver
    Janie Oliverabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful comp. Great shot.

  • Thanks much Janie! It’s one of my favorites of the tower!

    – Mark Tisdale

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 4 years ago

    beautiful work Mark.x

  • I’ve been going down the Paris memory lane today working on editing a few more prints from the trip so cheers for the comment on an earlier work from that group! :-) “ah Paris…”

    – Mark Tisdale

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