Paris Vignettes: Evening Delights

Paris Vignettes: Evening Delights

Summer evenings are the best in Paris with sunlight ‘til late and long, colorful sunsets that make you forgot about the “train-train” of everyday life. As you’ll see in this themed photo essay, the sky showed off some amazing colors on my recent trip to the city, and once the sun had set, the brasseries took their turn and lit up the streets. Walking home after dinner, the happiness from the crowds at the brasseries and restos filled the air, bringing me fresh energy and appreciation of the city.

As I walked home several times from evenings with friends in the Montorgeuil area, along rue Etienne Marcel, the sun perfectly lined up with the street in “le ciel rouge” and triggered some interesting lens effects as “bon alignement du soir”. The silhouettes of the buildings provide a nice contrast to the orange skies (“bonne nuit île de la cité”). Wandering around neighborhoods, the warm August evenings are conducive to a long evening of conversation: from the 15eme (“dans le 15eme”) to Place Dauphine (“Place dauphine est prêt à dormir “) to Le Marais (“le Marais en plein forme”). Rainy evenings bring a little extra reflection to the scenes (“après la pluie”) as I walked home near midnight (“Le retour chez nous à minuit”).

I’m looking forward to your comments and your favorites! And if you want to see more of my photographic vignettes of Paris, go here.

Île de la Cité at dusk

Bonne nuit Île de la Cité © William O’Such

Orange sky

La ciel orange © William O’Such

Pink sky

Le ciel rouge © William O’Such

beautiful sun gleaming in the middle of a street

Bon alignement du soir © William O’Such

The sun behind a bed of cloud

Couche de Soleil et Nuages © William O’Such

After the rain

Aprés la pluie © William O’Such

Rue Rivoli on a Saturday

Samedi rue Rivoli © William O’Such

Place Dauphine ready to sleep

Place Dauphine prêt a Dormir © William O’Such

Le Marais in good form

Le Marais en plein forme © William O’Such

The midnight return

Le retour a minuit © William O’Such

Lead photo credit : Dans le 15eme © William O'Such

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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