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Alyssa is the Devil - "Catacombes de Paris" - Catacombs of Paris (off-limit area)

Alyssa is a San Francisco video artist and musician.­

Photo taken in the Catacombs of Paris, about 20 meters (60 feet) underground, under Paris city center.­ This is a part of the 200 Km network of ancient tunnels not opened to the public, but regularly visited by trespassing urban cavers called "cataphiles".­ See more information in the album description.

Photos by Tristan Savatier

Catacombs of Paris ("Catacombes de Paris"), about 20 meters (60 feet) underground, under Paris city center.­

This is a part of the 200 Km (130 Miles) network of ancient tunnels not opened to the public, but regularly visited by trespassing urban cavers called "cataphiles".­

This is one of my favorite playgrounds, but it's also a dangerous and forbidden place where you can easily get lost.­

You can look at several interresting videos of the Catacombs here (videos are in french).­

Read this excellent article (in english) on National Geographic about this amazing off-limit underground world.­

Those interconnected caves and tunnels are the remnent of antique limestone quarries were the stone was extracted to build the houses of Paris.­ Part of them are now used to store human bones moved from various old cemeteries around 1790, hence the (incorrect) name "Catacombs".­

Only a small section of the Catacombs, called the Ossuary, is opened to the public near Place Denfer-Rochereau in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.­ Visitors can see the the bones of about 6 millions people filling up large underground chambers.­ See Les "Catacombes de Paris" (official website) for more infos.­

Information about the off-limit Catacombs of Paris can be found on the following websites:
ckzone.­org/­
catashow.­free.­fr/­forum/­index.­php
www.­urbanexplorationparis.­com/­

Photos of San Francisco video artist and musician Alyssa aka "FiveStar".­

I met Alyssa at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair in October 2007.­ We have become friends, and she joined me and my friends for a 2008 NYE party in the underground catacombs of Paris.­ She is one of the most fascinating, inspiring and talented persons that I know.­

She likes to shoot, edit and produce videos.­ Her interests include gender issues, sexuality, women, music, art, race/­ethnicity and the roles and reclaimations of technology.­ I like her sense of visual composition and of cinematic rhythm with the musical tracks that she uses.­ She is also a talented musician, composer, writer and singer.­

It's very hard to take photos of Alyssa that actually look like her, because she is continually morphing and her expression changes completely depending on her feelings, But I think I have been able to capture some glimpses of her persona.­

This series include a set that we shot in the Catacombs of Paris on New Years Eve 2007-2008.­ You can read more about this series in its album description.

Alyssa and Gaëlle

This series is part of the series Catacombs of Paris (off-limit area).

Photos of Alyssa and Gaëlle at the New Year's eve 2008 clandestine party in an off-limit area of the Catacombs of Paris.­

This was an impromptu, un-planned photo cession with two of my friends.­

All the photos were taken with candle light only, using a hand-held Sony A700 DSLR camera at 3200 ISO.­

I must say thanks to Alyssa for initiating this photo shoot with Gaëlle and for creating those nice photos.­

This series was shot in the Catacombs of Paris ("Catacombes de Paris"), about 20 meters (60 feet) underground, under Paris city center.­

This is a part of the 200 Km (130 Miles) network of ancient tunnels not opened to the public, but regularly visited by trespassing urban cavers called "cataphiles".­

For more information, see the description of the series: Catacombs of Paris (off-limit area).