4 days ago
When I was about 20 I decided to go on a solo escapade to Paris without telling anyone (only my parents knew), kind of just to go listen to a full, over 1 hour long mass sung by the choir of Notre Dame. It was a time when I decided I needed to start checking things off my to do list and all I brought with me was my post-teen arrogance and my then analog Ricoh camera with a roll of #hp5 BW film. After the mass, I left with tears in my eyes. It was indeed one of the most intense experiences of my life, those incredible voices echoing under the arches and bouncing off the stained glass.
I was later texted by my then-boyfriend that a friend of a friend of his saw me outside the church and therefore told his friend, who told my then-boyfriend, who found out where I was. Also a blizzard hit town and my flight back was canceled and I took a 9-hour long TGV train ride across snowy France, which could be seen as a punishment for being sneaky, but I enjoyed that ride so much that, I always thought, karma can’t be that stupid.
The city of Paris’ motto is ‘fluctuant nec mergitur’, which means ‘shaking but never sinking’. Kind of apt for a city who’s having it quite bad these years, and still...it hardly gets better than Paris. (Pictured: a painter on pont Neuf, the only survivor of that roll of film and one of my favorite pics I’ve ever taken)
#notredame #paris #analogphotography #analog #ilfordhp5 #ilfordphoto #istillshootfilm at Paris, France