Karen Baden Thapa

Fine Art Printmaking

Photography

Mayerling

PhotographyKaren Thapa

Mayerling is a Vienna Woods hunting lodge, turned into a convent, where the Grand Duke of Austria and his lover committed suicide.  I took a day trip to Mayerling when I was a teenager.   I had a roll of black and white film and I was taking photographs in one of the rooms and I saw a very short, tiny, nun heading for the doorway.   I heard her pulling the gate closed behind us and I turned and got this shot.  It has always been one of my favorites.

Mayerling Nun
Mayerling Nun

Je suis Paris

PhotographyKaren Thapa

MeilleursParisv1 I am posting this photo of my favorite crepe stand in Paris.  It was on the Boulevard St Michelle  near the Jardin de Luxembourg.  In the late 1970's I spent many hours sitting in this cafe, drinking coffee, drawing, writing and working on essays for my studies at the Sorbonne.  I took this photo with black and white film and printed it after I returned home.  Eventually, I scanned it ,brought in into Photoshop and added the sepia tones.  Last night I heard about the devastating Friday the 13th bombings and attacks in Paris.  My Paris.  It felt so personal even though I have not lived there for over 30 years.   Je suis Paris.