07 Nov 96 Hours in Paris – Part Three

Source: Ian Macdonald Photography

Over two million people live in Paris, a number that swells past twelve million when you include the surrounding areas.  Streets and alleyways are impassible at times, people twisting and turning to fight their way through crowds as they go about their business.

Paris, somehow, can be a lonely city too though.  It isn’t just the enormity of it, but something that lies subtly under the surface.  Walking the streets of Paris without a destination or schedule you become more in tune to it, the lack of direction allowing you to become more mindful and observant.  Things slow down and you realize that the people fighting their way through the crowds are in their heads, alone amongst many.  You start to notice the people who carve out their own personal space in this busiest of cities: the lady sitting for hours on the outdoor patio, the gentleman reading a newspaper on the bench, the girl standing peacefully by the river or the person lost in thought standing on a bridge looking out on Nôtre Dame. This happens in all cities of course but, somehow, it feels different in Paris.

Being able to observe life here, to slow right down and truly observe it rather than being a participant, is an incredible experience.  To also get to do it as a photographer is a gift and so I did what I love the most… I made pictures.

Note:   All photos taken with the Fuji X100F, or the Fuji X-Pro2

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