Archive for mars 24th, 2010

Street photography spots I : Le Marais

mercredi, mars 24th, 2010

Planning to visit Paris and don’t know where to start with some street photography ?

Here is a new series on my favorite spots for street photography. It is by no means destined to be a comprehensive guide, but comments and recommendations based on my personal preferences. I plan to cover one spot per week and it should get us to the summer. This series will start by Le Marais, a neighbourhood located in the very center of the city.

Le Marais is one of the few places in Paris where you’ll find tiny streets typical of European medieval cities. Once a moor, the area is now home to many communities (Chinese, Jewish, homosexual, artists) that have transformed it into one of the most cosmopolitan and trendy part of town.  Be it late at night when shadows appear and vanish in the dimly lit streets, or on weekends when shoppers come in search the latest clothing, Le Marais has shot opportunities in every corner.  And you’ll always find inspiring people to include in front of wonderful backgrounds such as old stone buildings, restaurant terraces, trendy shops or crowded streets.

Pictures  type  : glamour, trendy, street portraits, night ambience
Preferred lens : 24 or 35mm
Favorite spot    :  Rue Vieille du Temple
When to go      :  weekends, night
Must go          :  Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, a great open air food market full of great shots opportunities
Metro station   :  Saint-Paul

Map of area   (red showing the streets I like to hang around)

Sample shots  (click on picture to enlarge)