Last month, we travelled to Paris for a long-awaited vacation. With 2018 being crazy and disorienting, we wanted to do something this Spring that felt indulgent but familiar. We’ve been to Paris before and loved it, so it made sense to go somewhere without having to plan a ton or do all of the touristy things.
I wanted to keep things simple and travel light, so I only took my Leica M6, a 35mm lens, and Portra 400 film. There’s something about walking around Paris and taking photos that is incredibly energizing and relaxing at the same time.
Here is part 1 of what I saw on our trip. All photos processed and scanned by Old School Photo Lab in NH.
Because it's beautiful in color too.
Leica M6/Portra 400
We spent the last part of our honeymoon in Paris and I saved a couple rolls of black & white film to use while we were there. I thought it would be interesting to document a city that is typically so vibrant, in monochrome, and see if I missed the color. To my surprise, I didn't. Paris in black and white seems so classic, and some of these images have a real romanic and timeless quality to them. The more film I shoot, the more I understand why so many pure street shooters only work in black and white. I think I'll continue to do this with more of my urban photography.
Taken with the Leica M6 on Tri-X 400 (some shot at box speed and some shot at 200).
Villa Savoye, completed in 1931, is one of Le Corbusier's seminal works of modernist architecture. The exterior and interior are almost exclusively white, and filled with sharp angles and subtle curves (apparently the curve of the ground floor is based on the turning radius of a 1927 Citroen). There were only a few other visitors when we stopped by, which afforded the opportunity for photos capturing the rawness of the space. If you geek out on architecture, Villa Savoye is a must for anyone traveling to Paris.