30 Oct 96 Hours in Paris – Part Two

Source: Ian Macdonald Photography

“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”

– Marion Cotillard

It is hard to put into words why I love this city so much.  Paris is many things;  beautiful at times, dirty at others, but always… always… Paris is inspiring.

I think it must be an aggregate of the simple things:  in a city full of historic landmarks, it is the artists who paint the Seine by day and the people that drink wine by the river at night that inspire me.  It is the endless life on the café patios and the boulevards, the boats on the river, the birds that fly overhead and the children that play in the parks.  Walking the streets and alleyways of Paris you pass a bride getting photos done one block, then see a homeless person urinating on a wall the next.  Somehow, this all manages to blend together into a beautiful cacophony of life that screams to be photographed.

Paris is a story that is never finished, and every day in the city is an opportunity to write a new chapter…

Note:   All photos taken with the Fuji X100F, or the Fuji X-Pro2 with the 14mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/2 lens, using the Acros film simulation.

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