The Inventor and the Courtesan (Moulin Rouge AU)

Chapter 4 is officially up on ao3! Read it here 

Here’s a teaser: 

Every night for a week the Duke would invite Jemma to dinner and every night she would decline. Jemma was always ready with an excuse. Things like, they had to rehearse or she wasn’t feeling well. The Duke was growing more and more impatient as Jemma was falling more and more in love with Fitz.

Every night she would escape to Fitz’s apartment, and stay there till morning. Whenever she was with him she couldn’t seem to stop smiling. That is, except for this morning. She starred across the bed at him. He looked so beautiful as he lay there completely at peace. She had never known she could feel so much for someone. Jemma loved moments like this when she could just simply take a second to adore him.

But Jemma new his peace would eventually end. There would come a night when she would have to sleep with the Duke. Jemma couldn’t avoid it forever. It would hurt Fitz, and she couldn’t bear to hurt him.

These rare color photos of Paris were taken over 100 years ago. 

In 1909, a wealthy French banker named Albert Kahn wanted to document the world using a new color photo process called Autochrome Lumière, so he commissioned 4 photographers to take their cameras all over the world.

One of the cities they documented was Paris.

Starting in 1914, Kahn’s photographers, Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier and Auguste Leon, documented life in Paris using color filters made from dyed potato starch grains.

They made these color photos over a century ago (with a small amount of color enhancing done on the original shots).

In addition to the many shots of Paris, around 72,000 Autochromes from around the globe were created through Kahn’s project.



Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months. And then, one not-so-very special day, I went to my typewriter, I sat down, and I wrote our story. A story about a time, a story about a place, a story about the people. But above all things, a story about love. A love that will live forever. The end.

Julien Knez brings the past to the future by placing photos of Paris from the 19th and 20th centuries against their modern-day counterparts to reflect on how much the city has changed, yet still remains familiar. 

Jardin du Luxembourg, 1895

The Moulin Rouge, 1900

Riverside booksellers, Quai de Conti, 1900

Arc de Triomphe, 1909

“Odéon” Station. Passengers traveled by boat when the metro tracks were flooded in January 1910.

River Seine, Notre-Dame, 1930

Le Printemps, Boulevard Haussmann, 1930

Adolf Hitler standing at the the Place de l’Opéra on June 23, 1940, the day after Germany established occupation of France.

Two friends celebrating the liberation of Paris at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, in August 1944.

Notre-Dame, 1944

h/t: My Modern Met

Source: Julien Knez Twitter