Over the past thirty years I have been walking the streets of Paris with the hope of someday being able to experience all of its 5,000 rues, passageways, impasses, and villas. These visual records document the life of what the French call a flaneur, a term that is commonly misrepresented. Its original definition, and the spirit in which these walks were undertaken, is as follows: A wanderer’s paradise. Which Paris is. Its streets filled with charming shops, stirring landmarks, and ephemeral encounters.”
I have found walking less traveled streets often invites all kinds of interesting photographic discoveries. The easiest way to find these places is by looking at a detailed city map and locating warrens of tiny streets often only a block or two in length. Paris, in particular, because of its age, its love affair with tradition, and its devotion to history, reflects these values in its shop windows, walls, architecture, and streets. One could argue the city is a living museum and should be examined with the same attention. These photographs reflect that view.
Double Red Noses Paris 20˚
Mange, Et savoure la vie!
Baby In a Glass rue de Bac Paris 7
Ceci est this is rue Retrait Paris 20
S Window Passage de Beaujolais Palais Royale Paris 2
My Man Pin Up
Girl with Ballons
Curiosity Shop Window Paris
Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002, and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The New England Review, Pank, and the New York Quarterly. His documentary photography has been awarded Europe's prestigious Leica Medal of Excellence. Represented by the Robin Rice Gallery, NYC, more of his work may be seen on Luminous-Lint.com.