Sunlight and Shadows
|Copyright: Doreen Eden (doreengeden)
|Date Taken: 1998-06|
|Camera: Pentax ESPIO 120|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2004-08-31 4:38|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Avenue of trees leading to the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte.|
In 1641 Nicolas Fouquet (1615-1680), then a young member of the Paris parliament, bought this property near Melun consisting of a few fields and an old castle. Appointed Attorney General to the parliament, Fouquet became Financial Secretary and, later, Lord High Treasurer in the government run by Cardinal Mazarin. He decided in 1656 to build a house worthy of his rank, fortune and functions at Vaux-le-Vicomte.
A brilliant and friendly patron of artists such as the poet La Fontaine, dramatist Moliere and Mme de Sevigne, he skilfully commissioned three talented young men to work on his construction project. Begun in 1656, everything was completed five years later, in 1661.
On August 17th 1661, Fouquet received the 'Sun King' Louis XIV and his court at Vaux during a famous feast. Three weeks later the King ordered d'Artagnan, the captain of his musketeers, to arrest Fouquet. Accused of financial malpractice, partly falsified by his enemy Colbert, Fouquet was condemned to banishment by the Paris Parliament. Infuriated by this legal verdict, Louis XIV condemned him to a life-sentence in the citadel of Pignerol, where Fouquet died in 1680.
The Chateau is not far from Fountainebleau, is set admidst fantastic grounds and because it has far fewer visitors than either Fountainebleau or Versailles it is a pleasure to visit.
I cannot resist scenes like this of the play of sunlight through trees. Hope you like it too.
Scanned from a 35mm print, cropped slightly and brightened a little.
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Very nice perspective. Great shadows. The sky is a little overexposed though.
nice comp and pov.
shadows are cool to, but the sky and trees or a bit overexposerd.