#DoSomethingForNothing Paris

I travel to Paris several times a year and I always go in January, it’s one of my favorite times of the year for street photography. I also combine it with a trip to Normandy to celebrate my mother’s birthday.

This year I spent a few days documenting my friend Joshua Coombes on the streets of my beloved city. Josh travelled from London and we spend 3 full days all over Paris meeting people from all different backgrounds who shared stories that will stay with us forever.

The photographs are available in this gallery and the stories will be part of the next ebook #DoSomethingForNothing in Paris. My role was not only to photograph those touching moments, I was also Josh’s interpreter. This experience was more challenging because my attention was divided between the visual storytelling and the translating. But it was even more intimate than the NYC experience because I was more immersed in the interactions.

Here are just a few of the photographs. I will not reveal the stories as they will be available in the next book later this month. Want to get involved and help Josh continue his important work? Please sign up here to be notified when the new ebook comes out. In case you missed the New York City stories, you can download the them here.


©Valerie Jardin - DSFN Paris-1

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Marian and Monika

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Paris mock up for social media low

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Book mock up for social media

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11 thoughts on “#DoSomethingForNothing Paris

  1. I almost don’t need to hear the stories, because the faces in these images say it all. What a gorgeous, heartwarming, life-affirming project! You (and Joshua) have restored my faith in humanity.

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  2. This is such a wonderful project and I loved all the pictures! I am inspired to hit the streets of my city too and do something for the people without expecting anything in return…should be satisfying 🙂

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