Parisians have mastered the elegance of the art of living, making the City of Light a street photographer's paradise. Parisians' love for life and living it to the fullest call me to return to Paris again and again. 

The Joy of Living.  Looking for a different way to capture La Tour Eiffel, as I strolled across the Trocadero, the young man started juggling.  This iconic image has given back to Paris through Secours Populaire Français, and helped raise money for the late photographer Anton Hammerl's children.  

The Joy of Living. 

Looking for a different way to capture La Tour Eiffel, as I strolled across the Trocadero, the young man started juggling.  This iconic image has given back to Paris through Secours Populaire Français, and helped raise money for the late photographer Anton Hammerl's children.

 

 City of Light. As I walked out of Notre Dame cathedral after morning Mass, I saw the couple in front of me cast shadows alongside the street lamp. Because this image was honored with an Award of Excellence at Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado, part of the sales of this image go to Durango's Manna Soup Kitchen.  

 City of Light.

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

Because this image was honored with an Award of Excellence at Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado, part of the sales of this image go to Durango's Manna Soup Kitchen.

 

Fond Farewell. A small and unobtrusive camera - and the couple's engagement with each other - made this candid image possible.   

Fond Farewell.

A small and unobtrusive camera - and the couple's engagement with each other - made this candid image possible. 

 

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

The Art of Living, la Brasserie de Île Saint-Louis.

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

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

 

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 notice me taking their picture.  

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 notice me taking their picture.

 

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

Quasimodo Cafe.

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

 

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

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 Île Saint-Louis. While I usually make candid photos, the bartender willingly posed for this available light shot capturing the Old World essence of one of my favorite restaurants.  

La Brasserie de Île Saint-Louis.

While I usually make candid photos, the bartender willingly posed for this available light shot capturing the Old World essence of one of my favorite restaurants.

 

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 if 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 if they'd done it before.

To watch a video of an exhibit of my Paris pictures at Chicago's Rangefinder Gallery, please click the arrow.

 

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"Errer est humain; flâner est Parisian."

"To wander is human; to flâner is Parisian." 

- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables