To be an artist today isn’t exactly easy but compared to the hardship of the early 19th century, it’s a breeze.
Paris, the city that draws artists like moths to a flame, is accessible to American artists in ways unimaginable to the likes of Hemingway or Fitzgerald or Stein.
David McCullough’s book, “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” shines a light on the creation of art under severe conditions of hardship. Relentless cold, terrible light, and deficit spending are the recurring themes of every artist that McCullough depicts.
This brief session from a few years ago with a young Parisian woman took place under typical winter conditions.
In the presence of so much abundance, the less than ideal conditions were hardly noticeable.
There’s something about this particular city that focuses the mind on art to the exclusion of everything else.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.