Interesting. Monaco sure is an interesting place. For all the wrong reasons.
I know the kind of places I like to visit and I always have an open mind when exploring. Monaco has a well publicised glamorous image resplendent with glitz, glamour and money – think Formula 1, celebs, tax exiles, yachts. Yet if I had the choice (and the money) would I chose to live there? No. Strip away the facade of money and the reality is a stark sight of anonymous high-rise buildings and a crazy shoe-horning of people into a very small area.
It sure is an interesting place to visit for a day, but then so is a zoo if you like that kind of thing (I don’t, by the way). Empty. I was left feeling pretty ambivalent about it and struggled to feel the empathy that usually comes with a new place. That sounds corny, but it’s all about what makes me tick.
On the flip side, Monaco is a busy place with the hustle and bustle of daily life with plenty to be captured with glass. The image above I took in a moving tour-bus, a testament to the Fuji quality of camera and glass. Lots of people, lots of noise. A game I sometimes like to play is coming up with a word that best sums up the place I’m visiting. When I was leaving, Monaco’s suddenly came to me. Artificial. Like a flavour. But not like the real thing.
TAKEN WITH THE FUJI X-PRO1 AND XF 35MM f/1.4