Archive for the ‘Street portraits’ Category


mercredi, juin 30th, 2010

Women have a clear advantage when heat waves hit the city like this week. Tomorrow is planned to be worse, will we see men with umbrellas ?  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

Beauty by Mr Rogers and Piano

dimanche, juin 20th, 2010

Why did Mr Rogers and Piano create such a complex and ugly structure as the Centre Pompidou in the heart of Paris ? So it could enhance even more the beauty of Parisian girls ?  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ND filter

Sliding down a steepy slope

lundi, juin 7th, 2010

… in a more sleepy way.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4,  1/500, ISO160

2010 Paris Beautiful Eyes Award

mardi, juin 1st, 2010

And the winner is …. (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/180, ISO1600

Reinventing mother’s day

dimanche, mai 30th, 2010

At least that it what this Sephora advertises; switch the traditional flowers for perfume. This did not seem to convince this woman today as France celebrates Mother’s Day.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/500, ISO640

2010 Paris Smile Awards

samedi, mai 22nd, 2010

And the 2010 Smile Awards goes to ……By the way, who said Parisians are  bad-tempered ?   (click on picture to enlarge)2010-smile-award-paris-lr.jpg

Montparnasse Travellers

lundi, mai 10th, 2010

I usually post pictures taken in the ongoing week. But unluckily I am stuck in Madrid due to a volcanic ash cloud (I know there are worse places to be stranded ;) ).  Hope to be back in Paris tomorrow meanwhile here is an older post I had never published and relates to my current situation.

 In front of the Montparnasse station and its famous tower, two young travellers debate. On the next destination ?  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M8 with 75mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO160

Red jacket for Saturday’s market

samedi, avril 24th, 2010

A breakfast, his best jacket on, a few stops in the metro and here he is, right in the middle of Saint-Germain’s market. Sunny Spring Saturdays are the best.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO160, ND filter

Nicotine for cooks

jeudi, avril 22nd, 2010

On Les Champs-Elysées, three cooks take a cigarette break. Last bowl of « fresh air » before the dinner rush hour ? (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 90mm Tele-Elmarit at F2.8, 1/1500, ISO160

The King of Les Champs-Elysées

dimanche, avril 4th, 2010

A modern mobster ? No, nowadays, the only crime on Les Champs-Elysées is not to be fashionable.


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1500, ISO160, ND filter


mardi, mars 23rd, 2010

Always wondered how waiters somehow find a way not to drop the stuff on their trays. I wonder what would have happened in this occurence if the tray had been full of drinks as something (someone … ) seemed to have caught all of his attention (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 75mm Summicron at F2, 1/2000, ISO160

« French people » defined

vendredi, mars 19th, 2010

I received an email today from a person surfing the net to find pictures of « French people ». After a while, it got me thinking about what defines pictures of « French people ». Are typical items such as a beret and a baguette needed to identify a Frenchman or could a simple portrait be enough ?

I don’t know, yet I am 99.9% sure that the picture below portrays a Frenchman. (obviously, the Arch of Triumph helps … but still).    (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/125, ISO1000

100 to 1 memories

lundi, février 22nd, 2010

Not easy to select the postcards that will engrave one’s memories of Paris forever. My role was easier and one geniune look was engraved forever that night on Les Champs-Elysées.


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/125, ISO1000

The pink Army

lundi, février 15th, 2010

This peaceful Army had only one goal in mind yesterday, that is to march down the street of Paris to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/2000, ISO160, ND filter

Dear Comrade

mercredi, février 10th, 2010

A man walks on the piers of the Seine River when he stops to contemplate a poster of the Che Guevara. Did it bring back  to his mind some revolutionary ideas from the past ?  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1400, ISO160

The tout

mercredi, janvier 27th, 2010

On Les Champ-Elysées, a waiter serves as tout for a restaurant. He looks more like movie character then a customer hunter.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/350, ISO160

By le Printemps

mardi, janvier 26th, 2010

A girl rushes to the Printemps Shopping center for the last days of sales. Why spend more money when one has a look that show so much personality ?  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160

Houston, we have a problem

samedi, janvier 23rd, 2010

As this elegant cowboy walks down les Champs-Elysées, he seemed worried by the news he is getting on his mobile phone. Was it Houston on the other side as the price of oil was crashing yesterday ?


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/250, ISO2500

A whole life in a face

dimanche, janvier 17th, 2010

I encountered this man on the Ile de la Cité where he was having a morning walk in the early sunlights. The story of his life can probably be read in his face. Pain, tiredness but also pride, dignity and still ingenious glance.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160

Oysters to start a new decade

jeudi, décembre 31st, 2009

Obviously, the busiest merchants today were the ones selling Champagne, Foie gras and oysters. Especially for the oyster merchant as an apprentice had to be trained in urgency to open help opening them. Oysters are a weird delicatessen for the foreign novice, but a way for many to celebrate the last dinner of the decade.

Wish you all a Happy New Year !


Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2, 1/125, ISO200