I’m more used to directing subjects in front of my lens but whilst in Paris I thought I’d try a bit of candid street-photography in the footsteps of such 20th century greats of the genre as Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson. So stepping out with one camera body and one short-telephoto lens I was able to capture these images in the Place de la République; however, I soon found that I had to “steel” myself for some of the shots as I was most definitely outside my normal comfort zone. All respect to Messrs Doisneau and Cartier-Bresson for their achievements.
Place de la République is the largest Place in Paris; the size of three football fields long and a football field wide; at one end it is dominated by the massive statue of “Marianne”, the name traditionally given to the French Republic. In January 2015 the Place de la République became the epicentre of mass demonstrations expressing solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.
The Place comprises a strange mixture of joy and sadness, luxury hotels and shops juxtaposed with unfortunates sleeping rough on benches, torn posters, political demonstrations, lively music, impromptu dancing, skateboarders and roller skaters doing their thing and generally people going about their every day lives.
Other than to mention that my camera was the Fuji X-T1 + 56mm (84mm equivalent) lens I won’t comment on each photograph; instead I’ll let the images do the talking.
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Did he make it? play in full screen mode to see!