A relative visits the Eiffel Tower
... news for the Mirror is in short supply this summer ...
from Doug Norris III
The cameraman is Douglas M. Norris III, nephew of SilverStringer Don Norris. Like Don,
Doug is an amateur camera buff, but unlike Don, his specialty is large-format film
cameras -- like Hasselblads and 4x5 sheet-film press cameras.
Doug lives in San Francisco, but visited his uncle (and Aunt Lorry) in Melrose
recently on his way to Paris -- a three-weeks summer vacation. He grew up in Durham,
NH, when his father Doug Jr., was a professor at New Hampshire State College in
Durham. Doug Jr, unfortunately, passed away last October.
The photo is one taken from atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris, looking (we believe) in a
southerly direction. Doug III visited with friends in France as well as with buddies
in Jersey, before going overseas. He is now back on the job in Oakland.
In his note to Don, he writes:
"France was fun," he writes to Don. "Went to the Musee Dorsay and saw a bunch of great
art, went up the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, Montmartre, Montparnasse, Pompidou Centre
... just walking around exploring and sitting at cafes checking out the crazy
Parisians. Good time. I met a couple Polish guys who shoot large format photos on
glass using an old process called wet plate collodion. I bought a 5x7 photo of the
Eiffel tower they had just shot. It looks like it was shot in the late 1800's.
Met my friend Rene in Paris and he and I took the train to Nantes and I stayed with
him and his family in a farm house they have. Rode on this giant mechanical elephant
in Nantes. It's like 50 feet high and it "walks".
Here's a picture of me looking like a French gangster. That's my friends Fiat which we
drove down to the coast one day to see the Nazi sub base at Saint Nazaire.
July 5, 2013