September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015

Curly Queues

Photograph by Graham de Lacy, National Geographic Your Shot

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower attracts nearly seven million visitors a year. Here, lines form and fluctuate beneath La Dame de Fer, or “the iron lady,” an iconic fixture in the city for more than 125 years. Your shot member Graham de Lacy, in Paris for the first time, took a few shots of the city at the top, “as one does.” He saw the lines on the way to the restaurant on the first level. “They reminded me of ants,” he writes. “I found the exact center point, as I wanted the shot perfectly symmetrical. Fortunately, I had a wide-angle lens to capture the moment ... It was very monochromatic, and in my head I always knew it was going to be in black and white.”

Lacy’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.

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8 comments
graham de lacy
graham de lacy

@Mike Maney Yes, I saw it Mike. You had quite different light to me. I loved the long shadows the people made.

Chris White
Chris White

I think this is such a great photo. Everyone takes photos from the top, everyone takes photos from the bottom up, and everyone takes photos of the Tower at dusk while it twinkles. This is a fantastic viewpoint of something old in a new way. It always says a lot about something that once was viewed as ugly and a stain on the city, but now people wait hours to take part in--I myself waited in the middle of January to freeze my way to the top of. Thanks for sharing.

graham de lacy
graham de lacy

Ha ha. Peoples' minds are amazing. On the comments in FB they're seeing all kinds of shapes in the queues from question marks, a 'Y' and even a penis! I just saw a long queue. Probably because I had to stand in it. But I suppose that's what interesting photos do, they spark debate.

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