|Incident on the Paris Metro - Tim Irving|
Paris is very liberating for a photographer. Not only is it a very beautiful city, perhaps the most photogenic in the world, but Paris, and Parisians love the camera, or at least they are indifferent to it. I can't think of another place on earth where I feel so at ease photographing people as they go about their daily lives as I do in Paris.
My one issue when visiting a large city, not just Paris, is that the guide books don't suit me. I don't blame the guide books, they try to be all things to all travellers, sadly they're wasted on me. On my last visit to Paris I took a copy of "The Rough Guide". 440 pages, weighing more than my cameras and just slighly smaller than a London red brick. 99% of the contents are superfluous to me.
I need "A Guide For The No Nonsense Person". Pocket size with the following subjects:
- Places to avoid
- Keeping out of danger
- Where not to eat
- Useful phrases (Hello, I want, I don't want, Please, Thank you, Good bye.)
- In case of emergency