City of Light
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City of Light

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Location: Paris, 2018.


A Note From The Artist:

Paris is commonly known for its arts, cafe culture, and fashion. In fact, more people may know it as a romantic destination. But Paris is more than that as it is also known as the City of Light.

The name originated in the mid-17th century when Paris was in the midst of the Fronde with the rest of the country. Louis XIV succeeded the throne during this time from his father when he was only five years old. He later appointed Gabriel Nicolas de la Reynie as the new Lieutenant General of Police and tasked him to restore law and order in Paris. One of the ideas he had was to place more lights in the city to deter crimes. He asked lanterns to be placed on the streets and Parisian to light candles and lamps by their windows at night. The city gained the title "Ville Lumièreas the result of this, which literally translates into the City of Light.

Paris today is a metropolitan city. Although you are unlikely to walk through unpaved streets with thickened blood that was tossed out from slaughterhouses, you can still experience the City of Light in the modern-day. This photograph of La Défense was created after sunset but before the sky turned completely dark. La Défense is a business district that is a representation of contemporary Paris. It is on the western end of the historic axis that runs for just over six miles from the Lourve. 

Here's a video that was taken on the evening I was photographing the scene:


Prize Sizes: Sizing Guide Page

Small / Artist Print 12” x 8” (+0.5” border) 150
Medium / Studio Print
24" x 16” (+0.5” border) 150
Large / Gallery Print
36” x 24” (+0.5” border) 25
Extra Large / Gallery Print 60” x 40” (no border) 15


About Yaopey:

Born in Malaysia, I was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. My interest in exploring off the beaten tracks has led me to places such as Tibet, Iran, and Pakistan. While it’s nice to see new places, I have enjoyed the cultural experience of traveling more. I would bring home a piece of local culture from every place I visit, mainly in the form of wall art. 

Maybe you have been to places I have photographed, or seen them elsewhere. I hope, through my work, I can bring a piece of memory or add an artistic touch to your living space.


The Print:

Printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, a fine art paper with a subtle texture that gives a luxurious feel in your hand. The museum-quality print is fade-resistant with colors that will last for 100+ years. Each print is accompanied by a certificate with hologram, signature, and edition series.