Category: Art

Photographer AJ Paris looks at art around the world.

The Colosseum

It can hold as much as 80,000 people, has seen featured in many Hollywood films, and is a top choice for tourists in Rome. [Photo: The Colosseum, by AJ Paris]. The Colosseum is an iconic feature of Rome. “You have to see it to believe it,” said Rodrigo, who came all the way from Brazil…

The Bund in Shanghai

This popular area along the western bank of the Huangpu River, in the eastern part of Huangpu District, faces the modern skyscrapers of Pudong District. [Photo: The Bund, by AJ Paris]. In the First Opium War, which took place between 1839 and 1842, the British defeated the Qing army. That event led to the establishment…

Place du Tertre

Paris is my favorite city in the world. Montmartre will always be my favorite neighborhood. This is a neighborhood characterized by art. The buildings are beautiful. There are so many little streets. Many artists live here. Place du Tertre, a square just a few streets away from the famous Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, is…

Coldplay and India

The new music video by Coldplay is facing a lot of criticism on the internet. People are literally debating whether it’s cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation. Hymn For The Weekend features superstars Beyoncé and Sonam Kapoor. In the video, Coldplay front man Chris Martin plays a fan on his way to see his idol, a…

Puerto Vallarta's La Rotonda del Mar Sculptures

La Rotonda del Mar

Any visitor to Puerto Vallarta has seen them. The La Rotonda del Mar, or the Rotunda of the Sea, eight sculptures on the seaside malecón or boardwalk, is the work of artist Alejandro Colunga.   It’s on of the most interesting public art I have ever seen.   Colunga, a self-taught painter and sculptor born…