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  • Flesh for Medium.com

    The one thing I miss the most from home is barbecue and I have finally found my salvation in Paris, Flesh. Bringing their own unique style of slow cooked meat to Paris, chef Simon Lewis and his partner David Vidal gives customers a stellar menu of staples like brisket, ribs and pulled pork. teaching the city the pleasures of slow cooking, American style.

    Flesh
    25 Rue de Douai
    75009 Paris

     

  • The Fallon Brothers

    Way back last summer the Fallon brothers (Patrick and Daniel) were traveling through Europe and they stopped in Paris for a couple days to hang out. Patrick is an old friend from university, a bad ass photojournalist and a teller of jokes worse than mine. It was great seeing you two, come back again soon.

    Patrick Fallon.

    Daniel Fallon.

  • Chez Alain Miam Miam

    Last weekend Mélanie and I went to try Chez Alain Miam Miam (miam miam or in English "yum yum") a sandwich stand in a market where good food is easy to find. The sandwiches are made by it's friendly proprietor and although you might wait awhile (we did for 45 minutes), but it's because Alain makes a great sandwich.

    Chez Alain Miam Miam
    Marché des Enfants Rouges
    Rue des Oiseaux
    75003 Paris

  • Holybelly for Medium.com

    Back in January I made some pictures of the fantastic Holybelly, a breakfast place off of Canal St. Martin. Run by the team Nico Alary and Sarah Mouchot, they make breakfast in a style more familiar to the states than Paris and damn it's good. Thank you for the hospitality, pancakes and coffee, see you guys again soon. Check out the original article as well.

    Holybelly
    19 Rue Lucien Sampaix
    75010 Paris

  • Paris Courts Devant

    Way back in November of last year I made photos again for the short film festival, Paris Courts Devant. I didn't have as much time to give them as I had the previous year but it was fun to again run around making images for this great group of people. I was doing some organization on my computer when I realized these images had never seen the light of day.

  • Shoefiti

    Way back in May, 2014 I took some pictures of the band Shoefiti when they played a small concert in l'Eglise Saint-Merri. It was cool to see a band perform in a church, the acoustics and the atmosphere were different than most other concerts I've seen. The pictures languished on a hard drive for a long time before I gave them another look and I think I found some nice ones.

  • Tall Pictures

                                              Bouillon Chartier, December 7th, today.

    Recently in my photography, I have been obsessed with making vertical photos. I’ve enjoyed using the longer frame to compose my images in a different way. I have also been very interested in using film emulating software in my post production work. Both of these techniques are styles past-Will would have not been interested in. I used to view photography as a preferably horizontal medium and post production tricks as cheating. Growing has never felt so good or been so much fun! You always have to reevaluate your past beliefs and often times you will find something new and interesting to pursue.

                                          Mélanie & Floriane at a picnic in October.

                                          Product shot for Rosa Lisa. It's good wine.

                                          Volunteering for Paris Courts Devant short film festival, 2014.

                                Tom Lounsbury, this sumer in the US.

                                          Cimetiere de Montmartre, from a working project.

                                          Hilary Lehman, from an engagement shoot.

                                          The kitchen of Christine & Patrick Relaut.

  • Fondue in the Catacombs

    Last weekend we descended beneath the roads of Paris to have a fondue dinner. The 4 of us took a 6 hour journey underground. I made everyone sit really still for the picture, the smell of cheese made that very hard.

    The chamber we were in was built for the World's Fair in 1900 as a tourist attraction to illustrate mining operations. More recently it was the home of a clandestine cinema and bar, shut down by police in 2004.

  • Pro-Palestine Manifestation

    A pro-Palestinian march took place in Paris a couple days ago. Marches or demonstrations are occurring every few days right now and I wanted to go photograph one of these manifestations. They are protesting the Israeli government's current strikes in Gaza. The atmosphere is a strange mixture of anger at the conflict and joy of the community. This manifestation was peaceful and friendly, however in the past there have been aggression between police and a handful of protesters.

    The other side of a manifestation. During demonstrations like this it is pretty common to see a large police presence on the edges. Although the riot gear they sport looks incredibly intimidating (and shocked me the first time I saw it), usually they are just there to make sure the protest doesn't leave its route and prevent anything from happening. However the previous (unapproved) demonstration led to conflicts with the police, rocks being thrown and tear gas fired in return. This time was very peaceful. There was one near-incident where a small group of about 20 young men were yelling at the police, however organizers and other attendants maintained the peace and stopped the men from inciting anything more.

  • We Love Green

    Last weekend Mélanie and I scored press passes to cover We Love Green, a eco-focused music festival in Paris. The first day of the festival was a bit of a fiasco, with long lines everywhere and a general lack of confidence on the part of organizers. Day two went better, organizers fixed some of the errors of the previous day, but the improvements seemed more to do with lower attendance and a more energetic line-up. Musically the two biggest surprises came on the second day; the first being the UK group Jungle whose heavily funk-influenced sound put everyone in a dancing mood, the second was Lorde who won over even the most ardent hipster skeptic with a great performance (and a cover of The Replacements). In the end We Love Green left me conflicted. Although there were great shows in the festival, the organizational issues of the first day largely distracted me from everything else.

    To read Mélanie's article and see the original, check out Beware.

    London Grammar.

    London Grammar.

    Jungle.

    Foals.

    Lorde.

  • Beware Magazine - Kishi Bashi

    Back on April 17th I had the wonderful good luck to make a video of Kishi Bashi while he was in Paris doing press for his new album Lighght. I had never made a video like this before so the week leading up to it was a whirlwind of finding a location, finding gear and making sure I knew what the hell it was I was doing. 

    We shot the video along the Petite Ceinture, an abandon train line which circles the city. I chose the location thanks to a suggestion from Mélanie and a picture made by my friend Alexander. With everything prepared we shot the video in less than 20 minutes where Kishi Bashi performed 3 songs; Bittersweet Genesis for Him and Her, Antichrist and Q&A.

    Post production was a whirlwind of frantic meetings with friends and endless tutorial videos on youtube (Warp Stabilization is both my hero and enemy), but in the end, I think it all turned out pretty good.

    Many thanks to the many people who helped make this happen! Antoine Schutz and Erwan Manchec of Beware Magazine, Julia Dousse of Stage of the Art, Karl Hofstetter of Joyful Noise and my sound team, Alexander J.E. Bradley and Mélanie Relaut.

    Also check out the actual article on Beware's page, here. Not only is the video there, but some wonderful text written by Mélanie! (sorry, but it's just in French).

     

  • Bread Knives - The Emperor of America

    Last Thursday I helped my friend Alexander with a trailer he was making for the theater troupe Bread Knives and for their new production, The Emperor of America. It was a fun day of climbing around interesting locations (that we probably shouldn't have been in) and making images. I hope you enjoy behind the scenes of The Emperor of America.

  • Friends

    Over the last several months I've taken portraits of some of my friends. It's rarely a planned photoshoot, usually I have my camera and I see some good light or interesting place and go with it. These are just a few of my friends, I hope to make portraits of more of them.

    Kevin Cudahy, artist.

    Caspar Miskin, photographer.

    Wendy Muis, teacher.

    Daniela Kočková, photographer.

    Alexander JE Bradley, photographer.

  • Festival Mo'Fo

    Last weekend I photographed 2 days of the Mo'Fo music festival hosted by Mains d'Oeuvres. The Festival took place over 3 days and 2 intimate stages offering festival goers a chance to discover new bands or jump to the front row of favorites. Small festivals like this always create a more intimate relationship between fan and performer and it was great fun to attend this one.

    Son Of.

    The Burning Hell.

    Lucky Dragons.

    Son Lux.

    Son Of.

    The Burning Hell.

    Happy Jawbone Family Band.

    Son Lux.

    Son Lux.

  • Damien Jurado

    A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend the day with musician Damien Jurado making pictures for his european booking agency Belmont Bookings. Jurado was in Paris as part of a press tour to promote his new album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, to be released January 21. He spent the day doing several interviews, including a video shoot for La Blogotheque, followed by an intimate concert at La Loge. It was a great treat to spend the day with such a warm and welcoming person.

  • Paris Courts Devant

    Last month I photographed the short film festival Paris Courts Devant. The festival, taking place November 5-10th, was a celebration of short films, French and international, featuring a wide range of work from the hilarious to the heart breaking. The festival took place over the course of a week in a few small cinemas in Paris' 17th arrondissement featuring the work of student dirrectors, up and coming talent and established realisateurs. Despite dealing with some difficult light it was a great week.

  • Paris Catacombs

    Early Tuesday morning, 2 weeks ago, I entered into the Paris Catacombs with 2 friends. From 1:30 until 7:30 we traversed tunnels sprawling beneath the city finding traces of Parisians past and present. Crawling through claustrophobic passages I was given a taste of a different side of Paris. Waking up the next day most my body ached with pain, but all it did was encourage me to explore beneath the city again.

  • Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

    Mélanie and I have made it a semi-weekly tradition of visiting the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. Just on the northern outskirts of Paris, and all of a 5 minute walk from our apartment, the market (and the other markets on its periphery) contains everything from knock-off goods to quality antiques dating back centuries. It's a fascinating place where time slips through your fingers as you get lost in endless alleyways filled with books, clothes, artifacts, art, furniture, etc, etc.

    I'm sure this won't be my last post of what I am able to find in this wonderful market.

  • Statue de Jeanne d'Arc

    A photographer friend of mine runs some guided photo tours through Paris by night and a few weeks back he asked me to tag along.

    While standing near a statue of Joan of Arc he was talking about how they need to approach a subject from different angles to try and find an image that works. This is the only picture I took from that night, but I listened to my friend's advice (even if not directed at me) and tried to show something very familiar, a little different.

  • Paris Courts Devant - at night

    A couple weeks ago I spent a Saturday evening making pictures of an outdoor screening by Paris Courts Devant, a short film festival held in Paris this November. The outdoor screening was of some of the organizers' favorite short films from the previous year's festival. The films ran from the outlandishly funny to the heartbreakingly depressing, bringing together a wide variety of Parisians from the neighborhood and elsewhere in the city.

    For the shoot I did long exposures to get as much as the crowd in focus meaning I did a lot of shots. The funny films were the hardest to shoot with people throwing their heads wildly in laughter. 

  • Rock-en-Seine, via iPhone

    Last weekend was the 3 day music festival Rock-en-Seine located just on the edge of Paris-proper in Saint-Cloud. Friday, Saturday and Sunday featured a large variety of performers across 4 stages bringing together fans of hard rock, indie, rap and even a little American folk. I tried to shoot the festival as a proper photographer (with a big camera and big lenses and such), however I couldn't make that happen. I arrived with nothing on me but my iPhone and proceeded to keep shooting the weekend.

    Everyone of these photos was shot and edited on my iPhone 4s. I thought about keeping some vertical or horizontal, but in the end embraced the medium I was shooting for and square cropped the lot of them. If you want to see the entire group, check out the facebook page of Le Noeud Pap', a cool French culture magazine a friend of mine edits.

  • Anonyme - Cem Cinar

    My friend Cem Cinar asked me to make pictures of his exhibit last week, Anonyme. I spent an afternoon shooting pieces of his art, inspiration for a fashion collection he will be creating, and then did a portrait of Cem during the final evening of the exhibition. If you want to know more about Cem, check out his facebook page.

  • Free Oranges

    Going to see some friends in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (a town just outside of Paris) we discovered a small parade of men dressed in a traditional Belgian outfit, handing out oranges. It was a happy accident.

  • Manifestation: Anti-Austerity

    Last Sunday (May 5th) there was an anti-austerity manifestation in Paris. Marching from Bastille to Nation, the peaceful and relaxed protest strolled down the streets until arriving Place de la Nation where many people stopped to relax in the grass...or on the statue. As usual I was there to make a few pictures.

  • Les Frigos

    Last week I took some pictures for Mélanie to help her with a project she did for her class. We went to Les Frigos, an early 20th century refrigeration building occupied by the studios of professional artists. Located in 13th arrondissement and in the center of a neighborhood in renew, Les Frigos stands out from the sleek modern facades of glass and steal surrounding its industrial brick design. Since the 1980s the building has been a work space for professional artists, creatives and musicians, however the revival of the neighborhood has jeopardized the place. The city of Paris, Les Frigos' landlord, would like greater control; the ability to decide who can work there, an increase of the rental rates on the artists who have been there for decades and to convert at least part of it to office space. Those fighting to protect the building want to save the history they helped create while the city wants to renovate and modernize, conforming Les Frigos to the surrounding contemporary landscape. Mélanie and I spent the afternoon exploring the halls and rooms of Les Frigos.

  • A new home for my blog.

    A new home for my blog.

    After several years with wordpress I think it's time that I abandon the old things and jump into the new. From now on this will be the home of my blog (however you can still find my old one at http://williamlounsbury.wordpress.com/) and to celebrate it, I'm posting this picture from a couple weeks ago. Just after we arrived home from a weekend at Mélanie's hometown we were greeted to a break in the rain and the arrival of the sun.