Paris Nights is a French inspired theme based on the magic of nighttime in the city of lights. The idea for the theme came from spending time this summer in the French Impressionist wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We visited flea markets around the city and collected vintage Parisian correspondence, letters and postcards you might have found abandoned at a café table so many years ago. One of our favorite things about Paris is the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at nights so to capture that visual romance hover your mouse over the hanging lights at the top of the theme.
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Someone once told me an Art Director at an ad agency convinced the client they had to photograph their ad campaign in Paris because it had the best light in the world. To me, he was right. In the day it is soft and forgiving and at night it glows as if it were wearing the crown jewels. Irving Penn: “The light was the light of Paris as I had imagined it, soft but defining.” It’s no wonder than Paris has been the stage to such great photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Eugene Atget, Richard Avedon among countless others I admire and learn from.
There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even-the French air clears up the brain and does good-a world of good.
Spending time among the Parisian cafés was as if I was watching the city of Paris breathe. I watched patrons eat and drink, sit and people watch, talk and share, read in silence, write letters, stop out of the rain, and start and end their days. The cafes give you a feeling of timelessness and those most lovely of windows to look out and watch the world pass by.
All images were taken with my Pentax Spotmatic & Tri-X 400 film
Looking at Paris through the lens of a Holga camera is thrilling in a different way. The city is captured in a slightly grittier light, not glamorized and charming but almost seedy. To me, these images feel as if they had documented a Paris from long ago, showing us the truth through muddle grain rather than the dream that keeps us coming back.
All images were shot with my Holga camera, a medium format plastic toy point-and-shoot camera, and Tri-x 400 film.