~ Personal Work - Paris ~
Back in 2009, my partner Emily and I were lucky enough to live in Paris for two years.
From day one I fell in love with everything about the place - the history that oozed from every crevice, the tradition that resided in every French heart. The cafes, the boulangeries, the river, the canal. How the sun stubbornly set at 10pm in summer and how Parisians would take to the streets to vehemently protest just about anything they deemed to be unjust. The passion they had for good food and wine, family and friends and their disdain for authority and ANY conversation about real-estate (or money for that matter). To me, they were simply real with no pretence or arrogance - just a strong sense of self and an unwavering ability to be forthright and to-the-point.
There is definitely something inspiring about how Parisians live their lives.
Hemingway put it best when he wrote; “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
We both hold a special spot in our hearts for that ancient city and I find myself reminiscing of Paris almost daily.
So I set out to put together a body of work that really captured what inspired me about this special city. On top of this, I wanted to pay homage to past photographic giants who had trodden the same cobblestones and the same boulevards many many years ago. People like Brassaï, Eugène Atget, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis and of course Henri Cartier-Bresson.
All images were shot with my Hasselblad 501cm using film (Ilford HP5, FP4, Delta 3200, Kodak TMAX 400 and Tri-X 400) and developed in our tiny bathroom back in Bastille and Saint-Ambroise. They were then scanned and digitally cleaned up in Photoshop.
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