Paris Vignettes: Architectural Attractions

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Paris Vignettes: Architectural Attractions

The Paris Vignettes series features the inspired work of street photographer William “Bill” O’Such in themed installments

As you meander around Paris, you can become numb to the infinite amount of beautiful architecture. There’s so much, and you can easily miss many welcoming, and sometimes hidden, attractions. Among my favorites are the many stairways as they wind themselves artistically downwards (“escalier Picasso” and “escalier tournant”) towards the ground floor. Another favorite are the passages that link streets, providing a perfect frame for people and boutiques (“pain à la fin” or “dans les passages”), with sun illuminating the beautiful floors through architecturally designed windows (“structure”), and ancient clocks adorning the walls(“il est 15h00”).

Sometimes just looking straight up allows you to see the intricate designs (“detailles au toit”) that you may have easily missed. A simple sideways glance at a building, and you could discover a sundial integrated into the design (“quelle heure est il”). However, my favorite find on this last trip was a visit to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Richelieu site), where you can buy a bundled ticket to see the special exhibit and also wander through the beautiful library, and admire the wonderful places to read and relax (“la bibliothèque”). Those lucky researchers sitting in the middle of this extensive architectural beauty!

My favorite photo? The simple act of looking upwards allowed me to spot this light (“les petites lumieres”).

escalier Picasso, Photo: William Osuch

Escalier tourant, Photo: William Osuch

pain à a fin, Photo: William Osuch

dans les passages, Photo: William Osuch

Structure, Photo: William Osuch

il est 15h00, Photo: William Osuch

detailles au toit, Photo: William Osuch

quelle heure est il, Photo: William Osuch

les petites lumieres, Photo: William Osuch

Lead photo credit : La bibliothèque, Photo: William Osuch

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William was introduced to silver halide photography by his father, Chester J. O’Such, via the family’s Ansco reflex camera and home darkroom. After college, William worked as a photographic engineer at Eastman Kodak, where he began to learn the art of photography. With his first SLR, a Canon AE-1, he photographed his inaugural voyage to Paris in 1982. This early spark turned into full passion when William became a Kodak expatriate in Paris from 1995-99. Before returning to the USA, William and his future wife Ineke bought an apartment in the Marais district. Inspired by Bresson, William continues to visit Paris at least twice a year to wander the streets, camera in hand, looking for the next vignette. His photos are available for sale by visiting


  • Martha Sessums
    2023-11-21 06:22:56
    Martha Sessums
    Great images, as always. Thank you for finding les petites lumieres.