Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/100s ISO 640
One of the secrets of street photography (at least how I practice it) is spotting little things that clash. As I was walking past this posh luggage store on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré I saw this man focused on his mobile and this idea popped in my head that he might be buying luggage online…
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/210s, ISO 200
Believe it or not, despite having lived in or near Paris for close to two decades, I never went to the Père Lachaise cemetery, probably the most famous one in Paris. During my last trip there I took advantage of a sunny Saturday morning to correct that. Unlike the Montparnasse cemetery which I visited last year, the Père Lachaise is much wilder. There are very well curated areas, but it also has its share of ruined lots. My favourite.
From the Shadows to the Pyramid
Fuji x100f, 35mm, F/4, 1/100s, ISO 400
The old Louvres is a wonderful piece of architecture, and I was one of those who for a long time though the glass Pyramid was a mistake. But actually the contrast it creates is really interesting, and this is what I tried to show here.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200
Walking down Faubourg Saint-Honoré and from afar I started seeing bits of this facade. I was pretty stunned when I finally saw the whole thing, and I was clearly not the only one (although most of the others seemed to be Japanese tourists).
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 3200
I have always had this fascination for architectural alignments: colonnades, footbridges, tunnels. And the area in Paris around the Louvres is great for such photos, except advertising seems to have invaded all those alignments on Rue de Rivoli. Thankfully, the Comédie Française (our national theatre) is having none of that, and I was able to shoot this in front of the entrance last week.
Münchausen in Montparnasse
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/8000s, ISO 200
There are many interesting statues and busts in the Cimetière du Montparnasse. This one struck me with its resemblance to the Baron Münchausen in Terry Gilliam’s movie.
Rest in Peace
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/240s, ISO 200
This is one of those shots that would probably benefit from being pure B&W: there’s very little colour to begin with. But I think B&W would give it more harshness than what I was looking for, so I kept it in these super low-key grey/pink tones. Tell me what you think.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/1100s, ISO 200
There is something soothing and peaceful about the Cimetière du Montparnasse, and I spent a few hours there last Saturday morning just walking around and trying to capture that softness through a wide open lens. This is one of the most interesting shots (I think).
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 1600
Film: Fuji Superia 1600
I have something of an obsession for this statue just outside the St Lazare train station in Paris. It’s called « L’Heure pour Tous » (Time for Everybody) and I shot it a lot a few years ago, trying to find interesting compositions and integrating the pigeons when I could. With the vertical panorama, I had to fill the foreground, which these two passers-by kindly did for me. Since the statue was refurbished, it’s now golden, which I don’t like as much as when it was black. But I have to say, with a bright color film, it certainly sparkles!
Cycling in Paris
Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
Shooting horizontal panoramas with the Fuji TX2 is comparatively simple and fairly similar to traditional framing (although you have to be extra careful with focal plane and horizontal lines) but knowing what to do with such a massive piece of image real estate in vertical is a real challenge. I was therefore quite pleased with this shot because the cyclist provided me with the foreground subject I needed to make it come alive. Admittedly, the differences in lighting of the foreground and background make it less than perfect, but still, I think it works.