We’ll always have Paris.

Paris, France. 2013.

Fuji X-E1 | Fujinon 35mm 1.4 | Rebecca Lily preset

Johnny and I had a wonderful 8 days in Paris earlier this month. It was our first time there together, and we were both completely overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. The city embodies elegance and culture – from the graceful trees to the architecture to the refined cuisine and the visible appreciation for the arts. We were able to visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa in person (an incredible experience), hike up to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur for a panoramic view of Paris, enjoy a boat ride on the Seine, and walk around at the Eiffel Tower. We rode the Metro a few times, met for coffee with a couple of fellow photographers, and visited a flea market to admire some French antiquities. Other than that we just walked around the 11th Arrondissement a lot, where our hotel was, and enjoyed the cafe culture, the numerous camera shops and wonderful restaurants.

I really feel incredibly lucky to have been able to travel to so many beautiful places this year. And more than that, to be able to share these experiences with the man I love, who is the most wonderful companion I could ever ask for.

My goal photographically for the trip to Paris was to shoot Tri-X black and white film on my Contax Aria. But, as it rained almost every day we were there, I wasn’t able to take the film camera out with me; and to be honest I didn’t much feel in the mood to do serious shooting while we were there. It was all so overwhelming the first time, I felt as if I needed to take that in once (or twice) before I could really understand the city and do it justice in photographs. But I did take my little Fuji out with me a few times to catch some shots for memory’s sake. When we were back in Ireland I was surprised that a good percentage of them turned out ok, and after converting them in Lightroom I was really happy that I ended up with some black and whites (and reds) from Paris after all. :)