Paris Vignettes: Evening Rain

Paris Vignettes: Evening Rain

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

Rainy evenings offer a world photographic possibilities. The reflections on the wet sidewalks (“reflets de parapluies”), combined with the ambient lighting from street lamps, create a unique atmosphere. Add the inviting glow of cafés (“les chimeres”), and you have the perfect backdrop for capturing stories well into the night.

Rain acts as a natural catalyst, creating scenes that are both picturesque and full of life. You can capture people with umbrellas strolling down tree-lined streets (“seul dans la pluie”) or peering into shop windows (“j’en ai envie”, “quel livre”). Couples walking arm-in-arm in the Marais (“on est ensemble”) or chatting outside a café (“conversation dans le marais”) encapsulate the romantic essence of Paris. On these rainy nights, restaurants offer a cozy escape (“la commanderie”, “ma bourgogne”), where people enjoy warm meals and lively conversations that stretch late into the evening.

conversation dans le marais. Photo: William O’Such

j’en ai envie. Photo: William O’Such

la commanderie. Photo: William O’Such

les chimères. Photo: William O’Such

ma bourgogne. Photo: William O’Such

on est ensemble. Photo: William O’Such

quel livre. Photo: William O’Such

reflets de parapluies. Photo: William O’Such

seul sans la pluie. Photo: William O’Such

Lead photo credit : chez ginetti. Photo: 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