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July 24, 2005 - Bastille Day

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Don Smith, a professional photographer in Paris who runs workshops there and produces weekly photo magazine Left Bank Lens, offers us an array of photographs that provide an ironic counterpart to July 24, 2005 - A Late Bastille Day in the week's issue.  Here Los Angeles looks very French.  There, France looks suspiciously American.


Photos and text, Copyright 2005 – Don Smith, All Rights Reserved


Bastille Day BBQ 2005
Friends in the suburbs invited me to a BBQ for Bastille Day.  When you exit the RER you see some very accurate but fake buildings designed by Disney.  It's really very bizarre.

Bastille Day BBQ 2005

Just like the 4th of July in the US, a good backyard BBQ involves large amounts of grilled meat. But in this case it's pork and a spicy North African sausage.

Bastille Day BBQ 2005

Sebestien takes care of grilling maneuvers while I tell him that it's exactly the same in the US.  Flames and meat somehow, for some reason mean that a man is drawn to cook things.

Bastille Day BBQ 2005

Just beyond the backyard is an artificial lake and one of Europe's largest shopping malls, and Sebestian takes a moment to talk to little Arnaud and answer his very important, pressing question.


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