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Issue 1: France From An Outsiders Perspective...

Rough Around The Edges

This was the first image I took upon arriving to Paris, and thus represents in a way, my first impressions. However this scene drew me to it in a few different ways. Firstly, as a designer, posters and all graphic work is something I will always be drawn to, and the blue’s in these posters really drew me to them.

The second then about this scene is also about the posters but on a different tangent. This area was more grunge to me than the rest of Paris. This area was to Paris what Soho is to New York. Completely upper class in terms of wealth and affordability but the same time it was so much more contemporary and had a kind of suave to it that the rest of Paris hides. It was a lot more relaxed, more willing to take risks, more artistic in a contemporary context than the rest of Paris.

This is interesting to me because in a way this area and all that these posters represent, is a younger generation. People who have the ability to bring something new to the table and take risks that the older generations of Paris can potentially lack due to their class and wealth standards. There is, however, nothing wrong with these standards. They are standards that we as a younger generation strive for and plan for, but they are simply different. There is a sense of spontaneity that comes from being young and that is what these posters are representative of for me.

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Gabriella Renee Xipolitos. Enjoy.