Paris is a city that cries out to be photographed; the beautiful buildings and oh-so-Parisian scenes are continually flirting with the lens of my camera whenever I’m in the French capital. My favourite set of Paris photographs has to be when I photographed the City of Lights in the snow last year because it felt like such a rare opportunity to see such a heavily photographed city in a unique light.
Just a few weeks after heading to Paris to celebrate NYE I jumped on a flight back to France again for the famous Maison et Objet trade show. As well as exploring the show, my dear friend Arianna and I took some time to catch up over a couple of tasty lunches. Of course, as I walked between the show and our apartment I stopped to take some snapshots – here are six favourites:
1. Parisan architecture never fails to stop me in my tracks – stunning, isn’t it?
2. Mariska Meijers‘ colourful booth was my personal highlight of Maison et Objet.
3. Despite the grey skies, the Louvre still managed to look resplendent. I love that this building is instantly recognisable despite only showing the tiniest fraction of it. And when it rained (which was a lot!) it helped to jump into a Blacklane car to get around.
4. I’m not often a fan of traditional French food (I find it a bit too rich) but I discovered some lovely light salads in the two lunches I had while in town. Thanks to recommendations from my foodie friend Lindsey, I enjoyed excellent meals at Buvette and Cafe Charlot.
5. Drinking an cup of tea while watching the world go by felt very relaxing.
6. After taking a picture of the Louvre and thinking how it was instantly recognisable from the tip alone, I felt inspired to try this with another of Paris’ famous landmarks – the Eiffel Tower. I took this shot from the top of the Arc de Triomphe and purposed blurred it out to create a magical flare from all the lights in, well, the City of Lights. It’s such a beautiful sight, don’t you think?
Have you been to Paris? What inspires you about the city?
// Photography by Will Taylor