Because We Can-Can

Do you know what I love about this picture? The light. Or the lack of light. The darkness of the night coupled with the bright red neon. It gives this feeling to the image that I don’t think I would want to try and replicate. But then again… how can you replicate the world famous Moulin Rouge?

So yeah… most of you probably know the movie. However, I was more familiar with a historical side note about the cabaret that made me want to at least look at it in person. The Moulin Rouge, and the dance hall, alcohol infused industry that surrounded it in Paris during the 1890s was pretty much the birthplace of Graphic Design. Now of course posters and letters existed before this time period, but it was because of this industry that the concept of making and designing work SPECIFICALLY for the purpose of selling a product or a service was recognized. Toulouse-Lautrec made his first advertisement for the Moulin Rouge in 1891, and by the late 1890s the French Art Nouveau Movement had been started, leading (very slowly, and with much experimentation in style) to what the industry has become today.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T4i

Lens: 18-135 mm IS STM

Date: May 2013

Location: Paris, France


“If design isn’t profitable, then it’s art.” – Henrik Fiskar


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