© Simon Bayliss 2008-2018

Paris - France

One of the best things about a visit to the 'City of Lights' has to be the ease at which the city can be explored; it is a compact city (only about 10km across) and can easily be walked but, one of the best things about this wonderful city is the Métro. The efficiency by which it transports people around the city is the envy of other international cities; not only is it well planned but the beautiful architecture (mostly Art Nouveau) of the stations makes a trip on the Paris Metro a must for any visitor to Paris.

The city sits elegantly on the banks of the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region (or Paris Region). A significant settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities; and one of the most visited.

Iconic examples of Paris photography can be found all over the city from the Paris Metro (Métro de Paris) to Montmartre (an area known as a place of artists, cafes, restaurants and of a life more Bohemian). Paris streets are full of wonderful street signs that are unique to the city and a wonderful photographic subjects. Many famous artists lived and stayed in the area including Salvador Dalí, Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. There are never ending opportunities to motivate any photographer to add Paris photography to their repertoire.

Eiffel Tower

La Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower) is one of the truly great iconic landmarks in the world; it is one of the many things that symbolises Paris. Built as apart of the 1889 World Fair, and was only intended to be part of the Parisien skyline for 20 years; 118 years later, the 'Iron Lady' remains one of the most beautiful and recognised structures in the world. It is so recognisable through that it is a truly surreal experience the first time one experiences it in real life. It is that amazing and moving to see it in person. It is no surprise that over 6 million people a year visit the Eiffel Tower each year (650+ million people have visited since it opened). Gustave Eiffel designed the Tower for the Paris World Fair of 1889 in honour of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel) is probably one of the most photographed structures in the world; and herein lies the challenge... to try and photograph it differently. Nothing is right or wrong when photographing the Iron Lady. Some quick facts on La Tour Eiffel; It has been repainted 18 times and going for its 19th in 2009-10, at 919m it was the tallest structure in Paris and was the tallest in the world for 40 years, the foundations go 15 metres below ground, it was derided and disliked by many Parisians during its construction, after its intended 20 year 'life' it was to be dismantled but Gustave Eiffel had an idea to is it as a military radio tower; an idea that stopped it from being dismantled.

Montmartre

One of the more prominent natural features of Paris is the 130-metre-high Montmartre and it is the site of one of the more recognisable symbols of the city, Sacre Cœur. These two iconic features of Paris are a must for any visitor to the ‘City of Lights’; they are located on the Right Bank just north of the city in the 18th arrondissement. Montmartre is also known as a place of artists, cafes, restaurants and of a life more Bohemian; this is thought to have originated as a result of the area being outside the city limits of Paris and therefore free of the city taxes and also due to the fact that the local nuns made wine so the area became a popular eating and drinking area. Many famous artists lived and stayed in the area including Salvador Dalí, Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. While many associate Montmartre with the white-domed domed Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart), the other church at Montmartre, is Saint Pierre de Montmartre, is claimed to be the site at which the Jesuit Order of priest was founded. Opportunities for iconic Paris photography literally present themselves around every corner with beautiful street scenes everywhere within the 18th arrondissement of Paris and easily reach by the Paris Metro. The name is believed to have originated from ‘Mons Martis’ (Merovingian 5th century) which later became Montmartre (Mountain of the Martyr). The reference to martyrdom is for Saint Denis who was the Bishop of Paris and is the Patron Saint of Paris. (St Denis was decapitated at the site in 250 AD.

Paris Signs

Photographie de Paris (Paris photography) always exhibits a timeless beauty. The city of Paris is full of the verve and energy of life; and the streets are alive with people being people. Around Saint Germaine, Saint Martin, Passy, Place des Vosges, Montmartre, along Parisian streets like there are photographic subjects and wonderful compositions to be had. There is an innate charm to Paris and it is no wonder so many people follow in the footsteps of many of the masters and seek to be challenged by Paris photography. A significant settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities; and one of the most visited.

Paris Streets

Photographie de Paris (Paris photography) always exhibits a timeless beauty. The city of Paris is full of the verve and energy of life; and the streets are alive with people being people. Around Saint Germaine, Saint Martin, Passy, Place des Vosges, Montmartre, along Parisian streets like there are photographic subjects and wonderful compositions to be had. There is an innate charm to Paris and it is no wonder so many people follow in the footsteps of many of the masters and seek to be challenged by Paris photography. A significant settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities; and one of the most visited.