“I write with the light, and the light of Paris is my best friend” - André Kertèsz

Parisians have mastered the elegance of the art of living, making the City of Light a photographer’s paradise. Their love for life and the joy with which they live it to the fullest draw me back to Paris again and again. 

“L’Amour ou La beauté est partout.”

“Love, or Beauty, is everywhere.” - Auguste Rodin

The Joy of Living.  Looking to capture La Tour Eiffel’s meaning to Parisians, as I strolled across the Trocadero, the young man started juggling. This iconic image gives back to Paris through  Secours Populaire Français , helped  raise money for the late photographer Anton Hammerl ’s children, and contributed to Fondation du Patrimoine’s campaign to rebuild Cathedral Notre Dame.

The Joy of Living.

Looking to capture La Tour Eiffel’s meaning to Parisians, as I strolled across the Trocadero, the young man started juggling. This iconic image gives back to Paris through Secours Populaire Français, helped raise money for the late photographer Anton Hammerl’s children, and contributed to Fondation du Patrimoine’s campaign to rebuild Cathedral Notre Dame.

City of Light.  Walking out of Cathedral Notre Dame after morning Mass, I saw the couple in front of me cast shadows alongside the street lamp.  Because Durango, Colorado’s Open Shutter Gallery honored this picture with an Award of Excellence for Black and White, I donate the revenue from this photo to Durango’s  Manna Soup Kitche n.

City of Light.

Walking out of Cathedral Notre Dame after morning Mass, I saw the couple in front of me cast shadows alongside the street lamp.

Because Durango, Colorado’s Open Shutter Gallery honored this picture with an Award of Excellence for Black and White, I donate the revenue from this photo to Durango’s Manna Soup Kitchen.

Millions worldwide shed tears as we watched a fire devastate Cathedral Notre Dame. Proceeds from this photo go to Fondation du Patrimoine’s fund to rebuild Cathedral Notre Dame.  To listen to the bells of Notre Dame,   click here   for a recording made during one of my visits.  To donate directly to the fund for rebuilding Cathedral Notre Dame,   please click her e . Thank you.

Millions worldwide shed tears as we watched a fire devastate Cathedral Notre Dame. Proceeds from this photo go to Fondation du Patrimoine’s fund to rebuild Cathedral Notre Dame.

To listen to the bells of Notre Dame, click here for a recording made during one of my visits.

To donate directly to the fund for rebuilding Cathedral Notre Dame, please click here. Thank you.

Fond Farewell.  Working with a small, unobtrusive  Leica M7  - and the couple’s complete attention to each other - made this candid image possible.

Fond Farewell.

Working with a small, unobtrusive Leica M7 - and the couple’s complete attention to each other - made this candid image possible.

The Art of Living, La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis.  Flânering to the RER station to catch a train somewhere I could test a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 film with the Eiffel Tower in the background, I happened upon this Mercedes-Benz parked across from the brasserie. The owner and his friend rewarded my patience by coming out of the brasserie, driving around the intersection, and stopping to talk with a waiter.  To watch a video showing how I printed this film noir image, please   click here   .

The Art of Living, La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis.

Flânering to the RER station to catch a train somewhere I could test a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 film with the Eiffel Tower in the background, I happened upon this Mercedes-Benz parked across from the brasserie. The owner and his friend rewarded my patience by coming out of the brasserie, driving around the intersection, and stopping to talk with a waiter.

To watch a video showing how I printed this film noir image, please click here.

Quasimodo Cafe.  On a rainy day, the café served up pasta and a photo op.

Quasimodo Cafe.

On a rainy day, the café served up pasta and a photo op.

Saturday Night.  While waiting for my exposed film to be picked up on a Saturday night, these young ladies stopped to chat with a friend and didn’t pay attention to me as I made a picture of them.  We  make  pictures. Describing what we do as “making” pictures recognizes that we are creating something, and is more peaceful than saying “shoot” pictures, or that we go out “shooting.”

Saturday Night.

While waiting for my exposed film to be picked up on a Saturday night, these young ladies stopped to chat with a friend and didn’t pay attention to me as I made a picture of them.

We make pictures. Describing what we do as “making” pictures recognizes that we are creating something, and is more peaceful than saying “shoot” pictures, or that we go out “shooting.”

Le Louvre.  Looking for a different way to portray La Jaconde - which is what Parisians call the Mona Lisa because her name is Lisa del Giocondo - the photo gods obliged me.

Le Louvre.

Looking for a different way to portray La Jaconde - which is what Parisians call the Mona Lisa because her name is Lisa del Giocondo - the photo gods obliged me.

Leo Skála , an author, poet, and bookbinder, engages young writers outside  Shakespeare and Co .

Leo Skála, an author, poet, and bookbinder, engages young writers outside Shakespeare and Co.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., merchants sell fruit, honey, meat, hats, paper products, vegetables, and more at Marché Place Maubert in Le Cinqueme (the 5th Arrondisement).

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., merchants sell fruit, honey, meat, hats, paper products, vegetables, and more at Marché Place Maubert in Le Cinqueme (the 5th Arrondisement).

For more information on Marché Place Maubert, please click here.

Tabac (tobacco shop).  Flânering around the Marais, the black and white picture of Al Pacino spoke to me.

Tabac (tobacco shop).

Flânering around the Marais, the black and white picture of Al Pacino spoke to me.

La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis.  The bartender willingly posed for this available light photo capturing the Old World essence of one of my favorite restaurants.

La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis.

The bartender willingly posed for this available light photo capturing the Old World essence of one of my favorite restaurants.

“Wine is the sacred foodstuff that alights the fire of the French soul.”  My Paris sojourns conclude with a glass of vin chaud (hot wine) at  Café St. Regis  while reviewing contact sheets of my film from  L’Atelier Publimod .  A  recipe for vin chaud : 1 bottle red wine, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1-1/2-inch by ½-inch piece of orange zest (white pith removed), 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 cardamon pods, 5 whole cloves, 1/3 cup Cognac. Mix all the ingredients together in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to just under a simmer over the lowest heat setting on the stovetop. Do not allow the wine to boil. The mulled wine is hot enough when the sugar has dissolved and pulling and lifting a spoon from the wine brings up steam. If desired, strain the spices from the wine by pouring it through a fine-mesh sieve or a cheesecloth-lined collander. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Cognac to a mug and ladle the mulled wine over it.

“Wine is the sacred foodstuff that alights the fire of the French soul.”

My Paris sojourns conclude with a glass of vin chaud (hot wine) at Café St. Regis while reviewing contact sheets of my film from L’Atelier Publimod.

A recipe for vin chaud: 1 bottle red wine, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1-1/2-inch by ½-inch piece of orange zest (white pith removed), 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 cardamon pods, 5 whole cloves, 1/3 cup Cognac. Mix all the ingredients together in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to just under a simmer over the lowest heat setting on the stovetop. Do not allow the wine to boil. The mulled wine is hot enough when the sugar has dissolved and pulling and lifting a spoon from the wine brings up steam. If desired, strain the spices from the wine by pouring it through a fine-mesh sieve or a cheesecloth-lined collander. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Cognac to a mug and ladle the mulled wine over it.

Alain, Café St. Regis, Ile Saint-Louis.  Because the St. Regis opens at 7 but does not serve its delicious Eggs Benedict - and poached eggs on toast with avocado - until 8, I’m mastering the art of enjoying a jus orange, chocolat chaud, and croissant while watching Ile St-Louis come to life.

Alain, Café St. Regis, Ile Saint-Louis.

Because the St. Regis opens at 7 but does not serve its delicious Eggs Benedict - and poached eggs on toast with avocado - until 8, I’m mastering the art of enjoying a jus orange, chocolat chaud, and croissant while watching Ile St-Louis come to life.

The End.  Did they do it because I was American? Or because I was taking their picture?  They never said a word. But their smoothly choreographed drop trou made me wonder how many times they’d done it before.

The End.

Did they do it because I was American? Or because I was taking their picture?

They never said a word. But their smoothly choreographed drop trou made me wonder how many times they’d done it before.

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“Errer est humain; flâner est parisien.”

“To wander is human; to stroll is Parisian.” 

- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables