12-May-2013

Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy

To end a great two day visit to Paris, I went on an impromptu Photowalk in Parc de Bercy with photographer and friend Thomas Paris. I had been on photography trips before with Thomas in Patagonia (Photo Workshop in 2010 with Thom Hogan) and most recently Tromsø, Norway earlier this year chasing the Northern Lights. In his spare time Thomas Paris leads Photowalks in Paris. I was staying at the Pullman Bercy Hotel – a modern hotel in Paris that caters to foreign tourists. We walked to the local Parc de Bercy. Spring had arrived in Paris. The trees were green, and flowers in bloom. Lots of locals with families were walking through the park enjoying the warm late afternoon sunshine. The park was bigger than I thought. We passed through a gate that separated an area only opened during the day and heard some drum music and soon found a group sitting in a circle watching a man and woman doing what looked like slow-motion martial arts moves choreographed to the music. I had read about Brazilian Capoeira before, but never seen it in person. The following images were taken while watching the performance. Notice at least one other photographer working the performance.

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

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Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Capoeira Performance in Parc de Bercy. Late Spring Photowalk in Paris. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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