Paris Street Photography / by Debra Wallace

 

Black and White, and in Color.

After a week in Paris my step counter was exploding.  I returned to favorite neighborhoods and explored new ones.  The Seine, running through the center of Paris, and the Eiffel Tower kept me oriented as I walked the streets. Spring weather drew people outdoors. 

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I set out with a plan to create black and white images in recognition of the late French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson.  He worked in black and white and spoke of the “decisive moment,” a unique, fleeting moment that brings an image to life. In my street and travel photography I am always chasing that moment. A glance. A gesture. A shadow.

 Waiting for the decisive moment.

Waiting for the decisive moment.

I always shoot in color and convert my images to black and white in post processing.  Although I put together a black and white Paris gallery (link below) there are a few images I want to share in color and here’s why.

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Limestone is everywhere in Paris.  At the "Golden Hour" it has beautiful tonal warmth.  

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Incredible doors can be found throughout Paris.  These two waiters, taking a break along the main street on Ile Saint-Louis, enjoyed being photographed.

Here's a link to my Paris Black & White  gallery. 

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Debra