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Paris in Color

This week we’re delighted to have Little Brown Pen’s Nichole Robertson as our guest blogger. Nichole’s work has been featured in Apartment Therapy, Decor8, and Real Simple (you’ll understand why when you see her photographs below).

Nichole’s distinctive photos capture the most magical city on the planet. Let us know what you love most about Paris and you’ll be eligible to win the copy of Paris in Color that we’ll give away to a randomly selected Parisiophile (offer valid in the US and Canada only). Bonne chance!

Nichole Robertson

The collection of photographs in Paris in Color is a happy accident.

I moved to Paris in January of 2009, and soon after began sharing photos on my blog. One day I noticed a few objects in a similar shade of red, and shot them. As I continued to walk, I tried to find other things I liked in that shade, and when I did, photographed those as well. When I returned home and uploaded them to my blog, the response was, “more!”

I quickly became obsessed, and spent the next few weeks singling out different colors, even oddball combinations like maroon and orange. It was a refreshing and unique way to see the city. By the time I thought to officially refer to it as a project, it was already clear what it was about: Paris color.

When you’re singling out a shade to photograph, it’s democratic. It’s just as likely to appear on something spectacular (Notre Dame) as it is on something pedestrian (a trash can). You don’t question whether it’s famous, old or important enough to be photographed, it just is what it is. The serendipitous nature of the process meant that I never had a plan, and never knew what I would find – and that was part of the fun.

About a year into the project, I realized I was taking the kind of photos of Paris that as a raging Francophile I wanted to see, but could never find. There are plenty of photos of the Eiffel Tower and sunsets over the Seine, but when I wasn’t in Paris I wanted to BE in Paris. On the streets, sitting at a café, peering into a cheese shop, admiring the cobblestones of Rue Montorgueil, seeing a charming sign for a €10 bouquet of tulips. I didn’t want the Versace-on-the-red-carpet version of Paris, I wanted the Converse and t-shirt Paris. The Paris you see when you step out of the shadows of the monuments.

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  • conniebwright June 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    My husband and I were in paris for a week and a half and we found a boutique that had the most amazing white blouse in the window. I still think about it.


  • karenh June 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I have never been but am dying to go! This would be a great intor!


  • Roxanna May June 3, 2012 at 3:55 am

    My hubby travels through Paris every other month, and always brings me a wonderful gift from there. We are making plans to travel there together in the fall for a much needed vacation. Can’t wait!


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