There are many reasons why I keep returning to the city of Paris, some of them concrete, others intangible. I always take hundreds of photos. Last summer, on my first trip back since the pandemic, I did so with the idea of melding them into a video to share with friends. There was so much that I wanted to include: museum pieces, food, street life, monuments, markets, gardens, the Seine, storefronts, buskers, bikers, and bookstalls. I envisioned a short section of each, hoping to capture Paris in all of its glory.
I know. The project sounds rather vainglorious—especially given that I know next to nothing about film and would be creating my masterpiece in iMovie. When I finally got around to reviewing my shots, I realized that the best I could hope for was conveying a small slice of life in a city that has been written about, painted, filmed, photographed, and artistically portrayed by masters for centuries.
I can’t imagine coming to Paris and not spending hours simply walking about. There is so much to see packed into every block that I find walking preferable to other forms of transportation. In that light, I’ve limited my video to a fraction of the pictures that I took en plein air. I hope you’ll enjoy taking this walk with me.