City Living, Paris

A striking black and white photo featuring a classic view of city living, as seen from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France.

Paris would have to be the most beautiful mega city I've yet visited. Churches, public buildings and palaces provide great subject matter for tourist and architectural photographers alike.

There is so much to see that the opportunities for photography seem, almost, endless. Paris really is one of those places where it would be good to spend 3-4 months exploring, documenting and expanding one's perspective.

I say that because travel isn’t just about where you go and what you see, but who you meet along the road.

 
Paris Rooftops, Paris, France

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Paris is incredible because it seems, somehow, to exist outside of time. The city is full of nostalgia and romance, yet it’s a very busy city with millions of inhabitants.

These local folk must go about their life, with the same dreams and desires, in much the same way most other folks do in other parts of the world.

The fact is that, with all the important religious and public buildings in Paris, there also has to be somewhere for people to live.

I wonder if we think about that when we make our photos.

A rooftop view towards the Sacre Coeur Basilica on Montmarte in Paris from atop the Arc de Triomphe.

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The photo at the top of this post was made from atop the Arc de Triomphe looking down on what I assume are a group of apartments.

It's so different to my own background growing up in a small town in southeastern Australia.

The term the 3/4 acre block, while rarely the size of the actual house and land package, came to symbolize the aspirations of most Australian couples who grew up in a house, owned by their parents, with a decent sized front and back yard.

Things have changed and that dream is no longer possible for many, particularly folks living in major Australian cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

Thank goodness for the Tiny House trend, which I’ve been following with interest for several years.

Wonderfully detailed statues high up on the facade of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

An Unusual Perspective Brings Perspective

The view from atop the Arc de Triomphe is fantastic, providing a 360 degree birds eye view of the surrounding area.

The buildings and architectural elements shown in these pictures are beautiful and talk to the history of this iconic city.

I love the geometric layout of the buildings and the humor in the above photo of the headless bishop.

Life in Paris is so very different from my own upbringing, most of which was spent in a small weatherboard housing commission home in the country.

We were fortunate to be able to move to a beautiful home with a lovely garden when I was seventeen years of age. But I left that existence when I moved to Melbourne for a formal education in photography long ago.

It seems to me now that city living is, by it’s very nature, a place where space is a state of mind.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru