Photo of the week
To me Paris is a timeless city, and as such it feels like it should be captured in black and white, preferably on film. Consequently, all of these photographs were shot on good old fashioned Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Still an excellent film and to me it highlights the character of the city well.
I really enjoy photographing the people in Paris because they are just so Parisian. I know that sounds a bit circular and obvious, but the Parisians have a certain flare and character that is quite unique to them, kind of like New Yorkers but different. A good example of this would be the photographs of the four painters or the three youths sitting on a park bench smoking a hookah pipe.
I also find the history and historical buildings of Paris quite fascinating. A part of that history includes the cemeteries which have so much character and are such interesting places to walk through. My favourite is Cimetière du Montparnasse. Although it’s not the most famous cemetery in Paris that honour belongs to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, it is very interesting and home to one of my favourite sculptures, that of a man crying as the woman reaches out for him from below as death takes her away.
And of course who can forget the traditional French cafe, with some sort of writer sitting and working on his prose. Such a fabulous institution is the Paris cafe, inviting one to just sit with a beverage or a snack, and watch the world and it’s characters just walk by.