Rue de L'Echaudé, Paris, 2017.

Paris is ever a myth of pleasure and refinement.  No matter the reality of living there, the narrow streets like those of Saint-Germain charm the world with their precious shops and nostalgia-inducing details.  This street man, day in and day out, reveals the underbelly that still exists in the tony lanes.  I see him wandering the neighborhood on each of my visits to Paris, the clothes barely changing if at all, him often grumbling if awake.  These are the moments in which Paris — that eminently social and historical product, as Walter Benjamin called her — reveals her genius loci.  To hold onto their fleeting presence, my camera seeks out these intersections of enduring Parisian tropes and whatever can disquiet them.  In this way, I follow the example of the Surrealist flâneur and poet Aragon, who sought out the “sacral places” of that beautiful city, where her mythic face would be bathed in what he called the “glaucous gleam.”  That gleam, that light, was ambiguous, something akin to “the special quality of pale brilliance of a leg suddenly revealed under a lifted skirt.”  Aragon’s glaucous eroticism remains present in the tension between the romantic clichés offered by Paris and the realities that set them on edge — like this man passed out in front of a curiosities shop.  
Jardin des Tuileries (Souvenir Sellers), Paris, 2017.
Jardin des Tuileries (Souvenir Sellers), Paris, 2017.
Quai de Conti, Paris, 2017.
Quai de Conti, Paris, 2017.
Rue des Barres (Hands), Paris, 2017.
Rue des Barres (Hands), Paris, 2017.
Hommage à Guy de Maupaussant (Woman with Broken Nose), Parc Monceau, Paris, 2011.
Hommage à Guy de Maupaussant (Woman with Broken Nose), Parc Monceau, Paris, 2011.
Rue Dauphine, Paris, 2017.
Rue Dauphine, Paris, 2017.
Rue de L'Echaudé, Paris, 2017.
Rue de L'Echaudé, Paris, 2017.
Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, Paris, 2017.
Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, Paris, 2017.
Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 2017.
Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 2017.
Église Saint-Gervais (The Homeless), Paris, 2017.
Église Saint-Gervais (The Homeless), Paris, 2017.
Rue des Saints-Pères (Blue Dolphin, Street Artist, No. 1), Paris, 2017.
Rue des Saints-Pères (Blue Dolphin, Street Artist, No. 1), Paris, 2017.
Nôtre Dame, Paris, 2017.
Nôtre Dame, Paris, 2017.
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