Many places in the world have interesting light. From the blindingly bright white light of central Italy in high summer to the low, slanted light of a Norwegian winter; Or from the sluggish light of Hong Kong to, well, California. Paris, however, is special. There is a way that the light, particularly in Autumn, flows down the boulevards, casting long, graceful shadows and making the stone façades glow with warmth. To the photographer, it can be intoxicating.
I lived in Paris for twelve years and the city is still very dear to me. I find the city endlessly fascinating as a photographic subject. It was good to stretch my legs walking once more in the footsteps so many photographers great and small, visiting my favorite places and seeing what had changed for better or for worse. The weather was perfect: warm and bright, perfect for a few days of shooting in black and white.
If you want to go to Paris, I highly recommend that you avoid the summer months and visit in October or November. The crowds of tourists will have dissipated somewhat and the city feels livelier with a chill in the air. Plus, there will be a tremendous amount of photography to see in the city’s museums and galleries.
Ah, Paris…you really do get me every time…