Paris Stories ~ Part 3

On a typical day with my camera, in Paris or elsewhere, I go out empty and let the street surprise me.  There are stories happening all around us. As street photographers, it’s our responsibility to see them and immortalize them in a frame.

Paris speaks to me, it revealed a few secrets to me in January when I was roaming its streets with my little camera.

Here are a few of those stories captured in a single frame, I hope you enjoy them…

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A typical day in Paris for me always starts at the café with my camera.

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Then I let the street surprise me with stories along the way.

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Rue des Rosiers

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French elegance knows no age…

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Many beautiful people in Paris…

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Music on the streets, even in the winter.

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Cigarette and attitude

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A moment of tenderness after school homework.

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Passionate conversation on market day.

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Making choices… Push-ups or e-cig ;)

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Night reader

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The intriguing play of reflections.

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Mirrored image.

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Rivals?

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Making an exit…

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Of course no sunny day would be complete without a few silhouettes… Feet and more feet!

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Mysterious hallway

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A story of bicycles.

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Paris shadows.

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And dancers kissed by the sun…

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Downstairs… In my home away from home.

In case you missed them , here are Part 1 and Part 2.

Also, people often ask me a whether the people know they are being photographed or not. Although I am very close to them, I remain invisible as much as possible. Most of the time they do not know they are being photographed. The point is not to disrupt the story and ruin the shot. If they notice me after I take the picture, I simply explain to them that I am a street photographer and I am capturing slices of everyday life on the streets. They are usually very flattered by it.

I make a point to never photograph anyone in a embarrassing or vulnerable situation. It’s all about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary and respecting my subjects at all times.  None of these images were staged in any way or they would not qualify as candid street photographs…

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Paris Stories ~ Part 2

The wooden sailboats that have entertained children for several generations at Le Jardin du Luxembourg are not in service in January. But that doesn’t prevent the ‘older boys’ from bringing their own little boats to the pond on Sunday mornings…

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Meanwhile, others are enjoying the peaceful morning with their grand-children or feeding the ducks…

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If you missed Part I of this series, see it here. Please leave a comment and visit again!

Paris Stories ~ Part 1

I just returned from teaching a street photography workshop in Paris, the first of a busy 2016 workshop season. January is one of my favorite times of the year to visit Paris. There are fewer tourists, Paris is thus much more authentic. As a street photographer, you never stop scanning your surroundings for a moment. There are stories happening all around us and it’s our responsibility to see them and record them in the best possible way. Usually we only have a fraction of a second to tell a story in a single frame. Other times, we have the luxury to witness and record a series of moments of every day life. Seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary is what street photography is all about. Immortalizing beautiful moments that will never happen again.

This is what happened while sitting with friends in a bistro last Saturday…

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The images above were shot at 6400 ISO with the Fuji X100T.

Au revoir 2015, Bonjour 2016!

Wow, 2015 was another amazing year! 

Among other things, I taught nearly 10 international photo workshops, spoke at several conferences (including Photo Plus Expo in NYC). I hosted my podcast Street Focus every week (now at episode #67!) and became an official USA Fujifilm X-Photographer…  I also wrote many articles for dPS and, more recently, for DigitalRev magazine and published 44 posts on this blog. I also had an active presence on several social media platforms and finally joined Instagram!  

Lots of new exciting things coming in 2016… Stay tuned!

This year I had the privilege to roam the streets of  Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis and more. Here is a collection of pics from many of those places.

Thank you for your continued support. I wish you an amazing 2016.

Remember to Play, Love and Laugh a lot! :)

My Off-Season in Minnesota

I’ve been back from my last trip for nearly 2 weeks. I’m starting to get the travel bug again… Is it an addiction? I’m afraid so… But a good one! I have exactly one month off before I start the 2016 workshop season with Paris in January. I can’t wait! A new year is always exciting and… It’s Paris!

I’ve so been busy catching up with office tasks and writing again that I’ve had no time to shoot but I make a point to take the camera out to grab a snapshot here and there. Winter has been very mild in Minnesota so far, I hope it continues this way. Yet, it’s still cold enough to prevent people from spending too much time lingering on the streets and it makes street photography a bit more challenging. It’s time to shoot inside and work on my Museum-Goers series. I also spend a lot of time with friends at coffee shops. All are good opportunities to take the camera out. Another one of my favorite activities on cold days is to explore warehouses converted into artists’ studios and to go  ‘photo-antiquing’ and find the unexpected.

Here are  a few pics collected during my recent wanderings…

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Bike and coffee always go together in Minneapolis. Here the bike shop is inside the coffee shop. ©Valérie Jardin

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Bikes and blokes (aka. my good buddies Shawn and Mitch) ©Valérie Jardin

 

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Yep… My thoughts exactly ;) ©Valérie Jardin

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Bike messenger getting his triple espresso ©Valérie Jardin

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Love and bikes! ©Valérie Jardin

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Wheels in a wheel ©Valérie Jardin

A few days later, wandering in industrial buildings and antique shops…

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Inside an old brick building converted into artist studios ©Valérie Jardin

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A little ‘photo-antiquing’ at Architectural Antiques  ©Valérie Jardin

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Industrial glove forms and their reflection… They were so cool, I had to buy a few ;) ©Valérie Jardin

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Don’t blink! ©Valérie Jardin

From Chicago to Austin

It’s been a busy few weeks. After speaking in Indianapolis and Minneapolis as a Fuji US X-Photographer, I had a chance to travel to Chicago and Austin for more Fuji fun. It’s been really great  to have all those new opportunities to share my love for photography with so many people across the country.

I now have a month of no travel and I’m quite looking forward to catching up with my writing and finishing that book! 

Here are a few pics from Chicago and Austin…

 

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Paris is Love

Paris is LOVE. Paris is LIFE.

(Preferably watch in HD)

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Je Suis Paris.

I can’t even begin to describe how I’ve been feeling since the recent attacks on my beloved Paris. Being far away from my country in moments like these is very difficult. Unfortunately, it will be a few weeks until my next trip and I will have to find ways to cope with the horror of the recent events remotely. My friends and family are safe. But it hit particularly close to home as my nephew was attending the soccer match at Stade de France on that fateful night.

I find great comfort in the support my country is receiving from all over the world. And also from the hundreds of notes of love and compassion I’ve been receiving personally. Social media has a way of bringing people together in times of tragedy and that is a wonderful thing. I wish it had as much power to unite people any other time and prevent such tragedy to ever strike.

I am very angry and profoundly sad but today I want to share some love through a few images I captured in Paris in recent months.

Je Suis Paris!

Peace,

Valerie

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Inspecteur Jacques Clouseau spotted in Paris! ©Valerie Jardin

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Time traveler ©Valerie Jardin

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Indianapolis ~ Shadows, Ghostly Figures and Silhouettes

I made a quick 24h trip to Indianapolis on Saturday to give a presentation of my work as part of the Fujifilm US X-Series Photographer program. It’s always so much fun to speak at events and meet so many eager photographers. 

I had never been to Indianapolis before and it is such a cool and vibrant city! Also, my good friend, several time workshop participant and talented fashion photographer Steve Brokaw lives there, so we had the opportunity to hang out and shoot some street together on Saturday evening. 

Indy also has the most beautiful and newest airport in the US. I got up extra early to catch my fright the next day so I could spend some time shooting some ‘airport street photography’. I’m never bored as long as I have my beloved Fuji X100T with me :)

Here are a few pics collected during my short visit. Indy is cool and so is my buddy Steve. I’ll definitely visit again!

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Saturday: The sun was already very low in the sky when we arrived downtown. No time to waste, long shadows were waiting for us! We found a nice sunny spot and waited for a few minutes to let the street surprise us. 

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Just a few days before Veterans’ Day, I saw a soldier and his shadow…

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Once the sun was down, it was only a matter of time until the car headlights would provide us with some interesting light. I soon spotted an interesting steam vent coming out of a building which created an awesome eerie filter as people were walking through its cloud.

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Sunday: The next morning, as I was waiting to board my plane back to MSP, I spotted a few interesting silhouettes of passengers and a pilot at IND…

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A New York Story in Color!

I don’t make the decision of whether a photograph will be color or B&W lightly. I press the shutter knowing what I want to convey. If the color is part of the story and doesn’t become a distraction, then color it is!

Here are a few snapshots of my recent visit to New York City in color. See the B&W post here.

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Even more legs! ©Valerie Jardin

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Believe it or not but this police officer was actually apologizing for running through my frame! ©Valerie Jardin

Believe it or not but this police officer was actually apologizing for running through my frame! ©Valerie Jardin

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