Despite the intense over-the-top-ness and extravagance of Chateau de Versailles and its many inhabitants, I always believe there is something to learn from all parts of history, the good, the bad, the murky in between, the often told stories and the untold.
The first time we visited Chateau de Versailles, the palace was closed so we spent ages wandering the vast gardens, rowing on the lake, and peeking into the windows of the palace while a TV show was being filmed, but I was really regretting not checking the opening times before going there despite spending time in the beautiful and vast gardens.
A couple of years later we were heading back to Paris and I had one place (er actually a lot of places but this one in particular) I did not want to leave without seeing and that was the inside of the Chateau. In between the two trips I had also started to develop my love for photography and slight obsession with small details, so I was intent on capturing the tiny design and architectural details of this palace.
I wanted to reflect on not necessarily the well-known stories of the history of the palace and its more famous inhabitants, but the details of the buildings themselves which provided the mood and highlighted the detailed work of the builders, designers, gardeners, and perhaps reflect on their own untold life stories.
There’s something to learn from every detail of creation in this world!
– Marryam x