*Weeping for Notre-Dame*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT100
We tend to take so many things for granted that are, in fact, fickle and fragile. I woke up this morning to the news that Notre-Dame had burnt during the night. It makes me more sad than I can say. This is the latest shot of Notre-Dame I took a few weeks ago when I was in Paris. It’s not the best shot, and it certainly doesn’t do this magnificent monument justice, but it is a memory of something that is no more. Let us all enjoy what we have to the fullest : while we might think these things will always be there, that is just not the case.
Spotmatic F + Ilford Pan F
The Church of the Trinité near St Lazare is one of my favourite Parisian monuments. I always felt it had a little bit of a moghul palace look, something Indian in the spire. Parts of it have been covered in wraps for years now, but this photo was taken in my early days of film photography in 2012, when it was still visible.
*Pont des Arts*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Agfa CT 100
I had initially planned to do a long exposure shot of the Pont des Arts to capture the cloudtrails, but when I saw the massive (and ugly) iPhone advert in front of a building being renovated I decided against it. Still, I took an eye level shot, and the Agfa CT 100 slide did its usual magic : great colours in the sky, capturing that violet tinge of the stormy clouds, and the sharp Institut de France on the other side… This works !
Fuji XPAN + Fuji Portra 160
How the light hits a particular scene, especially on a sunny day, changes the scene complementely. What first attracted my eye here was the row of scooters (they look like guns!) and then of course the bearded guy engrossed in his sports newspaper…
*Luxembourg in the Sun*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Portra 160
I have never loved Paris as much as since I don’t live there anymore. When I go back there I’m free to see the good (and it is a beautiful city) without the bad. I carried the XPAN with me the three days I was there recently, and got some really great shots (I think). I particularly liked how the subdued colours of the Portra 160 worked on this shot of the Luxembourg palace.
*Expired Dawn in Paris*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ultramax 400 (Expired)
Shooting expired film is a crapshoot. You never know what will come out of it, and you can get wonderful results, or entirely useless shots. It’s especially true with colour film. This photo of the Parc Monceau at dawn came out real nice, with lovely warm colours.
*Squared and Rounded*
La Villette in Paris is a great parc, very modern, with industrial buildings including La Géode, this spherical cinema that is all shiny from the outside. The main building reflections into it in a really interesting way.
iPhone 6S + Hipstamatic
A street fountain in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Morning light and a cold hipstamatic filter did the trick (I think).
*Bir Hakeim Bridge*
Sometimes you don’t do long expos for specific effects like freezing water or light trails, sometimes you just do them because it’s dark and you want pin sharp focus and low ISO. This was the case here. In fact, looking back, I’m so lucky to have had this shot: this spot is very favoured by wedding photographers and it’s very rare that there isn’t some sort of shoot going on. There was that night, but they were behind me!
I can’t remember when I first saw ‘Les Horloges’, the statue by Arman that stands in front of St Lazare train station in Paris. I do know that I’ve been fascinated by it from the start, and have tried to shoot it in interesting ways repeatedly. The pigeon couple and the wide-angle shot make it more interesting, don’t they?