Paris Vignettes: Impressionist Inspiration

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Paris Vignettes: Impressionist Inspiration

Recently I took a guided walk that I discovered through the l’Officiel des Spectacles on the Impressionists who lived in/near Batignolles. The guide, Romain, spoke super clear French on this balade as we walked from Metro Europe to the Square des Batignolles, highlighting the area’s intersection with the Impressionists. In fact, it was an informative overview of the whole Impressionist movement, detailing how the artists were such outcasts that they created a “Salon de Refusés” to exhibit their art.

Romain used a flipbook of many prints to explain the history in detail. For example, he explained how the availability of paint in tubes catalyzed the the movement, allowing artists to transport their materials for plein air painting. He also described how the intersection of Impressionism and photography marked a pivotal moment in the history of art, showcasing how these two mediums cross-pollinated and transformed each other (e.g. the cropping and framing techniques employed in photography encouraged Impressionists to experiment with unconventional compositions, breaking away from traditional artistic norms).

So to flip this last part around, I channeled the inspiration of Impressionism one warm, August afternoon along the Canal Saint Martin to capture with a painterly quality the atmosphere rather than precise details. Enjoy!

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Inspiration Impressionist – numero 2 Photo credit: William O’Such

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Inspiration Impressionist – numero 9 Photo credit: William O’Such

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Lead photo credit : Inspiration Impressionist - numero 1 Photo credit: 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 www.osuchphotography.com