Desert in Paris

posted in Paris

Desert in Paris

Past November I was looking for a nice photo project to produce in Paris that I love so much. While brainstorming I bring back an old series of pics : The Calm before Irene. It was shot in New York just before Irene storm while New York was empty as New Yorkers were hidden in their homes.

So I ask myself :
When would be te best time to shoot Paris with nobody in the streets.

I found that Christmas should be that night, where Paris would really be asleep, with nobody partying.

December 25th, half past midnight. Just after my Christmas eve I spend 6 hours shooting in Paris. 14 km by feet, 8 km on public bikes and one Uber to get back home. I had amazing encounters, between a royalist would told me some great stories about the French revolution (not that I want a king in France, but it was fascinating) and many more that just stopped, talked for 5 minutes and encouraged the process.

Here’s the result. I hope you like it 🙂

En novembre dernier je cherchais Ă  dĂ©velopper un projet photo sur Paris que j’aime tant. Je retombe sur les photos de New-York au moment de l’ouragan Irene, oĂč la ville Ă©tait vidĂ©e de ses habitants, cloitrĂ©s chez eux.

Et je me demande alors :
Quel serait le meilleur moment pour avoir les rues de Paris totalement vides ?

Selon toute logique la nuit de NoĂ«l est celle oĂč l’on trouve le moins de monde dans les rues, personne ne sort, la ville dort littĂ©ralement.

25 DĂ©cembre 2014, 0h30. En sortant de mon rĂ©veillon je passe 6h dans Paris. 14 km Ă  pied, 6 km en VĂ©lib et un Uber pour rentrer. Pas mal de rencontres improbables, notamment un Royaliste qui me suivit de la place de la Concorde au pont Alexandre III en me racontant l’histoire de Paris et de la RĂ©volution (je ne suis pas royaliste hein, mais c’Ă©tait passionnant), et surtout quelques-uns qui s’arrĂȘtent, discutent 5 minutes et m’encouragent.

Le résultat le voilà :

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Comédie Française

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Louvre

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Pont des Arts

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Ile de la Cité

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Notre Dame

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Rue de Rivoli

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Place de la Concorde

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Grand Palais

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Pont Alexandre III

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Pont d’IĂ©na

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Esplanade du Trocadéro

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Avenue de Friedland

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Avenue de l’OpĂ©ra

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Boulevard Haussmann

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Place du Tertre