Paris is a beautiful city. During the summer months millions of tourists visit the French capital, the city know for being then most romantic place in the world. They seek out the areas of Saint Germain, Montmatre or Saint-Germain, visit Île de la Cité and Notre-Dame, the Eiffel tower, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the museum of Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe or just wander along the banks of the river Seine.
This summer I spend a week in Paris with my two youngest boys of 17 (yes they are twins). We had an amazing time; their age is perfect for exploring cities like Paris. We did everything any tourist would do, walked the streets of Paris from morning to late evening, jumped around from one arrondissement to another by the Metro and most of all we enjoy just sitting down on one of the many street cafes, having a shot of espresso and maybe a croissant – and observing street life.
And of course I photographed. A lot. But I wasn’t there foremost as a photographer, I was more photographing as a tourist captivating our exploration of the French capital. This time I didn’t travel to photograph, instead photographing became second priority. It changes the approach – and the final images I came back with, as I pointed out in my post 10 Tips for Better Travel Photography. Without being able to immerse myself in the photographic process I went for the feeling of Paris through the use of space and landmarks and less trying to capture the street life and people on the street. And of course I captured my boys’ experiences of the lovely city. Paris is a great place for any photographer – even when photography is not the main concern.
On a different note; last week I announced another start of my popular eWorkshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice». There are still some spots available if you want to join in. The workshop will help you become better at capturing pictures which show and tell what you saw for your inner eye. We start up next week. Does it sound interesting? You’ll find more information about the workshop here.