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Paris - Streets and Cityscapes



It’s always interesting to look back at moments through photography especially moments during travel. Everything is tinted by a certain distant nostalgia filtered through mood and every other external influencing factor. Were the leaves really that vivid? Were the vistas really that inviting? Did the streets really wind their way into your heart the way they have wound up there in retrospect?

I am in the process of putting the majority of my Paris photography online in one way or another. I am populating my , adding to my Flickr Paris album (linked below), and I will eventually launch a travel photography portfolio site which will be part of my .

A number of people have messaged me via email and asking what cameras and lenses I used while in Paris. All of my Paris photos were taken with my Sony A99 and Sony A7R. I used the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 lens with the A7R and the Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 with the A99. For the interior photos I have posted like in this post about , all photos were hand-held. In fact, I did have a tripod with me but I used it to shoot video (more on that in a future post!).


1 - Spring flowers and stormy skies at Jardin du Luxembourg

2 - A view of Paris looking out towards the Eiffel Tower from the rooftop of .

3 - A cat stops to ponder why I am so happy standing on this street in Montmartre with my camera, of course. ;)

4 - A sunlit street in the neighborhood of Buttes Chaumont.

5 - Spring blossoms on the Promenade Plantee in Paris. I discovered that Paris has its own elevated park (that pre-dates NYC’s High Line!) with . Pretty awesome.

6 - There is a really interesting story that goes with this photo that was sort of surreal in a cool way. So, prior to my Paris trip, I pinned a number of Paris photos I found on Pinterest to my hoping to visit the locations in the pins. This particular location is on Rue Ramponeau in Belleville, Paris.

On the final day that I was in Paris, Hugo and Gael from Rendez Vous with Paris took Katherine and I for a ride around Paris on their Vespas (the best time!). Hugo had told me earlier in the week that the view in (which was totally random) looked like it was taken from his mother’s apartment complex. It turns out that the pin was a photo taken from almost the same location as the vantage point of his family’s Belleville apartment. And so, we rode to his mother’s apartment, met his mother (who was lovely) and pondered how strange it was that the view was indeed eerily similar.

7 - La Maison Rose in Montmartre, Paris.

8 - A hidden courtyard in Versailles City.

9 - Paris alleys are so charming.

10 - Few people seem to know that you can climb 300 steps up a very, very narrow staircase which will take you to the top of the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre which gives you an impressive view of all of Paris.


All of my Paris posts so far:

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Paris - Streets and People


Paris - Streets


It’s these city streets,

the ones that press on

the backs of eyelids

at night,

persisting and passing

through the cobwebs

of memories

that are spun

like fairy floss

across dreamscapes

where every

passing stranger

tells tales

that skip beats

of a heart

hung on

every bit of

concrete, steel,

and paint.


How people interact with their environment has always intrigued me. I have a tendency to view life as an elaborate film. Every cityscape, street, and landscape forms a backdrop in a scene that unfolds before my eyes. When I was a child, I used to tell people that every time I blinked another scene started. And in a lot of ways, this has carried over into my photography and writing. I craft elaborate narratives in split seconds of the people who are populating any given scene and moment.

Paris is probably one of the most intriguing cities when it comes to observing people against the city’s backdrop. The city itself is a complex set of characters. The days I spent there were mostly cloudy and ominous which was fascinating. I think there is a tendency to romanticize Paris as a city of sun in terms of kitschy Paris photos that seem to populate Pinterest full of lush blossoms and never-ending sunny days. But the reality (at least while I was there) was far more nuanced.

These are just a few photos I took while I walked around Paris of street scenes. Normally I take photos alone. Photography is a very solitary process for me and I tend to be “in my own head” most of the time. However, I was often with either Gael or Hugo from Rendezvous with Paris or (later in the week) also Katherine from Atout France. And, what was strange was that I really enjoyed it. It helped that everyone was a veritable fountain of interesting knowledge and that they all had a super passionate love for Paris. Typically when I shoot when other people are around it negatively influences my photography but it really wasn’t the case while I was in Paris which was awesome. In fact, it was nice to talk quite a bit about all sorts of things while shooting and the icing on the cake was that I learned so much.


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