When I only had an afternoon in Paris, I went on an urban photowalk and shot what I saw like a madman. And I was surprised at what was caught on film!
During a recent trip to Paris, I only had one afternoon to explore the city with my analogue cameras. Because I had been to Paris before, I decided to just take a walk around the neighbourhood that I was staying in – the 17th arrondissement of Paris – to make the most out of my time and the available light.
This was the second time that I stayed in Paris’ 17th arrondissement. This district is better known for Parc Monceau and its street markets. But otherwise, there are no major tourist sites to see here. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop me from going on a street shooting spree.
My goal was to photograph what I thought would be quintessential Paris – real Parisians, Haussmannian architecture, and things/scenes that I definitely will not see back home. My plan was simple. Just walk along Avenue Neil (architecture), Avenue des Ternes (shopping street), check out Rue Poncelet (food street), Avenue de Wagram, Rue de Courcelles, and back to the hotel.
After reviewing my photos, it turned that I applied all 10 rules of Lomography – and then some!
Lomo Rule #1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
Here’s a photo of an Eiffel Tower replica that I snapped at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to revisit the actual Eiffel Tower even though I was in Paris.
Lomo Rule #2. Use it any time – day and night.
Lomo Rule #3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
Lomo Rule #4. Try the shot from the hip.
Lomo Rule #5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
Lomo Rule #6. Don’t think.
Lomo Rule #7. Be fast
Lomo Rule #8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
Lomo Rule #9. Afterwards either.
Lomo Rule #10. Don’t worry about any rules.
Do check out my Paris albums for the rest of my photos.