In love with the Eiffel Tower

Discover the beauty of the Eiffel Tower

After globetrotting for close to two decades, it was this utterly riveting Parisian beauty that the photographer fell in love with. Every picture tells a story it is said, and this one is about him being smitten with this awe-inspiring charmer

It's more about the arches than the spire

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Temporarily constructed for an exhibition by Gustave Eiffel in 1889, the tower was written off as monstrous, an eye-sore and ignoble by the intellectuals and the elite of the time. Gustave was known for making steel structures and industrial installations. From a  distance, the tower was just another frame in steel. A closer inspection, however,  told a different story: How the metal was intricately interwoven to create a symbol of love. And how best to showcase this than to picture its strong legs, dug deep into the left bank, where the Eiffel Tower stands tall

Bow down to this marveL, you citizens of this world 

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The Trocadero square stands in the middle of the Palais De Chaillot where stand eight gilded figures that are attributed to the "Rights of man". For me, this picture is symbolic of the respect the Eiffel Tower commands

Frame of Love

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Paris is one of the most walkable cities in the world and the tower peers at you from almost anywhere in the city. You don't realise when you fall in love as she lures you with her immense beauty

I take you into my arms and let my heart feel your beat

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The craftsmanship and passion that Gustave Eiffel put into his creation gave Europe a gem that became an epitome of love, steel structure and all. The Bir Hakim bridge is one of the most popular locations for wedding shoots in Paris, and people travel from all over the world to get their pictures clicked with the background of its steel. I got lucky with this newly-married French couple posing for me during one of my travels to Paris

Love-Locked: engraved names and the love stories they tell

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Railings of bridges around Paris, most commonly Pont Des Art bridge, are bedecked with locks of love, with the keys thrown away in the river by the sweethearts. For me, these locks add romance to the city with the tower at the epicentre. They symbolise my love for Eiffel, locked and sealed, forever

This part of the earth doesn't revolve around the sun, but around the tower

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In the late 19th century, the industrial revolution had taken over Europe completely. Europe was in a race to outrun its neighbours. The discovery of electricity led to a technological revolution. Metal bridges, like the Bir Hakim bridge above,  and buildings started to take shape, and every country wanted to build something extraordinary as symbols of their national pride. The French realised this dream first, all thanks to the prowess and innovative techniques put into place by Gustave Eiffel. To date, the Eiffel Tower remains one of the most powerful architectural emblems of nationalism, not just in France, but the world over

Galloping away into the starry night

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As the sun starts to set and darkness gets ready to engulf the city, the tower remains a looming presence with its sweeping streaks of light. And when the clock strikes the hour, the tower starts to twinkle like a dreamy starry night. The most famous Parisian carousel by its side goes around merrily with children riding white whimsical horses

These utterly artistic buildings are like jewellery worn by this lady of steel and lace

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Famous French architect Georges Eugène Haussmann changed the city of protests from dark alleys and narrow streets to broad boulevards with steeply sloped cream-coloured buildings running by its side. Napoleon III rightly asked "that these wide, open roads should 'aérer, unifier, et embellir' (air, unify, and beautify) Paris. Haussmann gave him that Paris.  For a photographer, no tour would be complete without these two elements in one frame — Haussmann's Letutian Limestone buildings and engineer Gustave Eiffel's Iron Lady — La Tour Eiffel, as the Parisians say

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