The Louvre and its surroundings are amazing places for photographers (especially, lomographers) to stroll for a few hours. A mixture of a photogenic place and a delightful cultural experience will be at your feet to be explored.
The Musée du Louvre (in English, Louvre Museum or just Louvre) is very likely to be the most visited museum in Paris (if not the world). Famous internationally, almost every tourist in Paris visits the Louvre area to check out the amazing glass pyramid and enter the museum for some hours for a delightful cultural experience (spoiler alert, if you’ve seen “The Da Vinci Code” – no, you won’t find Tom Hanks inside).
Located on the 1st arrondissement (Metro station: Palais-Royal/musée du Louvre). Really close there is the amazing Jardin des Tuileries that invites visitors for a relaxing walk. This is one of my elected areas to go to enjoy a sunny afternoon in Paris and explore different cameras and effects.
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century. Nowadays, remnants of the fortress can be seen when visiting the basement.
The present building results from several extensions performed through time. It was by 1874 that the Louvre Palace achieved its present form with the Sully Wing to the east, the Richelieu Wing to the north, and the Denon Wing to the south (bordering the Seine).
The new entrance by the glass pyramid in the main court (Cour Napoléon) was inaugurated later in 1988. While visiting, bring all the cameras you can carry, as the outside of the museum with the glass pyramid is very photogenic!
Presently, the museum’s permanent collection is organized in different categories: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. There is a total of 35,000 works of art displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space.
While losing oneself inside the museum and indulging with the art pieces, it is also possible to have a taste of the amazing views of the outside surroundings.
Below the Louvre, there is an underground shopping mail, the Carrousel du Louvre, where one can find the famous inverted Pyramid (again, no Tom Hanks here) and another entrance to the museum.
The photos displayed in this article were taken with the following camera and film combinations:
- Holga 120CFN with a star mask inside loaded with lomography redscale 120 film or lomographic X-Pro Slide 200 120 film;
-Diana F+ with the Fisheye lenses loaded with lomographic X-Pro Slide 200 120 film.
The Holga CFN 120 is a medium format icon known for taking lo-fi images. It now comes with a built-in flash that bathes you shots with yellow, red, blue, or clear light. If the Holga misty, vignette look is not enough for you, try the Diana F+ for dreamier, softer shots.
The Diana F+ is a new twist on the ‘60s classic cult camera. Famous for its dreamy and soft-focused images, the Diana F+ is now packed with extra features such as panorama and pinhole capabilities. Available in our Online Shop.